Sept. 15, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - After leading a dominant blocking effort by the Bulldogs last weekend en route to a championship at the Buffalo Ramada Invitational, sophomore middle blocker Jalesa Lee was named the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement on Monday (Sept. 15).
Lee was the leader in the Bulldogs' blocking dominance in four matches last week, posting a team-high 26 total blocks for an average of 1.62 blocks per set. After finishing with four total blocks against Indiana State on Sept. 9, she went for a career-best 10 block assists in the first match of the Ramada Invitational against Maryland-Eastern Shore. In the final two bouts of the tournament against Maine and the host Bulldogs, she registered six total blocks in each match to help Butler to the tournament championship.
"We're excited for Jalesa," head coach Sharon Clark said. "One of her goals this season was to become more of a commander at the net. Her performance this weekend was a nice step forward for her to becoming one of the best blockers in the conference."
Lee becomes the first Butler player to be recognized with one of the league's weekly awards. She currently leads the team and ranks second in the conference with 1.14 blocks per set.
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday (Sept. 16) when they host cross-town foe IUPUI beginning at 6:00 p.m.