Dieudonne & Matthews Earn C-USA Player Of The Week Honors – WKU Athletics

DALLAS – Following a midweek win in Richmond against Eastern Kentucky, WKU Volleyball saw a pair of Hilltoppers recognized by Conference USA for their performances against the Colonels. Lauren Matthews earned Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season while Nadia Dieudonne collected her fourth Setter of the Week of the campaign. 


Matthews racked up 20 total kills to average 6.67 kills per set on Wednesday while hitting at a .655 clip. She also went on to add two assists and two blocks contributing a total of 21 points.


The Indianapolis, Ind., native turned in her fourth straight double-digit kill performance. In Wednesday night’s sweep, Matthews hit 20-1-29 for a .655 clip while also achieving her 1200th career kill, joining the short list of Hilltoppers to achieve the feat.


Dieudonne had another immaculate week, racking up 40 total assists to average 13.33 assists per set in the match while facilitating the Hilltopper offense to a collective .404 hitting clip. Dieudonne passed 600 assists on the season after the Tops win against EKU and has accumulated 2800 in her time as a Hilltopper. The Louisville, Ky., native added five digs and was perfect from the service line in addition to connecting with hitters for kills on.57.1 percent of her sets.


Monday’s award marks the sixth of the sort for Matthews across her four seasons at WKU. Additionally, Dieudonne is up to 15 total awards during her career on The Hill. 

2021 C-USA Offensive Players of the Week

A30     Lauren Matthews, WKU

S6        Anota Adekunle, Rice

S13       Fernanda Maida, UAB

S20      Rhett Robinson, North Texas

S27      Paige Briggs, WKU

O4       Fernanda Maida, UAB

O11       Lauren Matthews, WKU


2021 C-USA Defensive Players of the Week

A30     Destiny Leon, Marshall

S6        Amani McArthur, Charlotte

S13       Henrianna Ibarra, North Texas

S20      McKenzie Johnson, Louisiana Tech

S27      Marley Banton, Middle Tennessee

O4       Olivia De Jesus, Old Dominion

O11       Essence Clerkley, Marshall


2021 C-USA Setters of the Week

A30     Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

            Kristen Fritsche, UTEP

S6        Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

S13       Carly Graham, Rice

S20      Teresa Atilano, Old Dominion

S27      Nadia Dieudonne, WKU

O4       Carly Graham, Rice

O11       Nadia Dieudonne, WKU


2021 C-USA Freshmen of the Week

A30     Klara Zarnovicka, Florida Atlantic

S6        Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S13       Ema Uskokovic, UTEP

S20      Myah Conway, Old Dominion

S27      Shaylee Shore, Rice

O4       Andrea Owens, North Texas

O11       Kira Smith, Old Dominion

Players Mentioned

#1 Paige Briggs OH 5′ 10″ Junior

#2 Nadia Dieudonne S 5′ 8″ Fifth Year

#5 Lauren Matthews MH 6′ 0″ Senior