AMES, Iowa – Iowa State middle blocker Avery Rhodes has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Rhodes put up the top blocking performance of the league this week to earn her first career Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award and her second career Big 12 weekly award, having earned a Rookie of the Week nod in 2017.
Rhodes led the Cyclone block with 10 blocks (1 solo, 9 assists) in Iowa State’s Rebel Invitational victory over hosts Ole Miss on Saturday. It was the third time in her Cyclone career that Rhodes finished with 10 blocks and is the seventh player in Iowa State volleyball history to have three career 10-block matches.
Rhodes had a strong all-around weekend. Along with her defensive exploits, she tied her career high with 10 kills against UCF on Friday. Rhodes’s 1.56 blocks per set on the season ranks second in the Big 12.
This also marks another Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week win for Iowa State, whose all-time total is now 57. The next-highest Big 12 DPOW number is Kansas with 21. Rhodes also becomes the 13th different Cyclone since the award’s inception in 2007 to win the award.
Rhodes and the Cyclones are back in action Tuesday for their home opener against South Dakota. First serve between the Cyclones and the Coyotes will be at 6:30 p.m.