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LAFAYETTE – Hannah Ramirez, a University of Louisiana at Lafayette senior libero, claimed the first Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award of the 2020 season, the league office announced Tuesday.
Ramirez collected 40 digs at an average of 5.71 digs per set — the highest figures in both categories among all Sun Belt players who competed on the opening weekend, Sept. 4-5. Ramirez, a 2017 Waxahachie High graduate, helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns’ defensive efforts during a sweep of Houston Baptist.
Her efforts helped the Ragin’ Cajuns average 20.7 digs per set as a team during the weekend set with HBU at Earl K. Long Gymnasium in Lafayette.
Ramirez collected at least six digs in each set of Friday’s straight-sets sweep, finishing with 21 (7.0 per set). On Saturday, she came one dig shy of a second consecutive 20-dig effort.
It marks the first career Sun Belt weekly award for the Waxahachie product and Louisiana this season. Ramirez played her first two collegiate seasons at Panola College.
Ramirez, the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, also extended her streak of consecutive matches with double digits in digs to 14, which began Oct. 11, 2019. She has now surpassed the 500-dig mark in a Ragin’ Cajuns uniform (528).
Louisiana continues its season-opening, six-match homestand Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12, as the squad welcomes fellow Sun Belt member South Alabama to Earl K. Long Gym for a pair of non-conference matches. The two teams meet at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Noon matchup on Saturday.