BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – For the second straight week and fourth time in her University of Tennessee at Martin career, Jemima Idemudia has earned adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honors as the senior middle blocker was named Defensive Player of the Week this afternoon.
Today’s OVC announcement marks the first time that Idemudia has been recognized for her defensive prowess, as she had previously been named Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 25, 2017) and Newcomer of the Week (Oct. 17, 2016; Nov. 7, 2016).
A Glendale, Ariz. native, Idemudia averaged 2.86 blocks per set as the Skyhawks split against Murray State (won 3-1) and Austin Peay (lost 3-0).
Idemudia’s week began with 16 swats against three-time defending OVC champion Murray State, which broke the 24 year-old UT Martin record for most blocks in a match. Her 16 blocks are the most in Division-I volleyball this season and her 13 assisted blocks fell just one shy of the OVC single-match record. She played a big part in the Skyhawks establishing a school record for most team blocks (25) in a four-set match. The next day against Austin Peay, the 6-2 Idemudia added four blocks in only three sets.
In addition to her defensive excellence, Idemudia also led UT Martin in kills per set (3.14) on a .342 attack percentage for the week.
Overall, Idemudia leads the OVC in blocks per set (1.23) while ranking sixth in attack percentage (.312) and points (3.60 per set). She also leads the OVC in blocks per set (1.93) while ranking second in attack percentage (.420) and fifth in points (4.37 per set) against conference foes.
The Skyhawks will look to improve upon their 3-1 OVC start when they begin a four-match road swing at SIUE (Oct. 6) and Eastern Illinois (Oct. 7) this weekend.