VERMILLION, S.D. | Brittany Jessen of the University of South Dakota has been named the Summit League volleyball setter of the year for the third straight season.
The senior became the first athlete to win the award three times.
Jessen recently became USD’s all-time assists leader and has 4,725 for her career, which ranks her fourth all-time in the Summit League. Jessen leads the league in assists per set with 10.23.
This season, she has tallied 102 kills and 982 assists and charted a team-high 27 service aces. Defensively, Jessen has 237 digs. This is her fourth straight season on the All-Summit League team.
“Britt has been a large reason for our success this season,” USD Coach Leanne Williamson said. “I am proud of her for reaching another goal of hers. She continues to impress with the plays she makes in some of the most difficult situations. She has put our hitters in position to be successful, regardless of the lineups that we had to use.”
USD junior Hayley Dotseth and sophomore Anne Rasmussen were also named to the All-Summit League team.
Dotseth leads the Coyotes with 3.50 kills per set which ranks second in the league and has hammered 329 kills this season. She has also tallied the second-most service aces (22) and digs (305) on the team.
Rasmussen has 529 digs, an average of 5.51 per set, ranking second in the league in both categories. She ranks 17th nationally in digs per set.
Laura Milos of Oral Roberts was named Summit League player of the year and North Dakota State's Mikaela Purcell the defensive player of the year. Bella Sade of Omaha was voted freshman of the year and Tom Hogan of Denver coach of the year.
The Coyotes are the No. 3 seed in the Summit League Volleyball Championship and play their first match against No. 6 Fort Wayne Friday night.