DU’s Latham, SDSU’s Richardson named Players of the Week

Denver senior Becca Latham and South Dakota State senior Payton Richardson tab Player of the Week awards after a successful weekend.
Denver senior Becca Latham and South Dakota State senior Payton Richardson tab Player of the Week awards after a successful weekend.

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Denver's Becca Latham and South Dakota State's Payton Richardson were named The Summit League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their efforts on the court this weekend.

Latham helped the Pioneers to yet another 3-0 weekend on their home court, as the Pioneers improved to 8-1 overall. Latham downed 34 kills for a 3.78 kills per set average and a .538 clip, respectively. Latham sits third in The Summit League for hitting percentage with .354.

Richardson dominated the front of the net tallying 25 total blocks in 15 sets to earn her a 1.67 blocks per set average. In the Jackrabbits' hard-fought five-set victory over Eastern Illinois, Richardson recorded a school-record 12 block assists. She is currently averaging a career-best 1.24 blocks per set this season.

Becca Latham, Denver

Senior | OH | Austin, Texas

  • Earned her third career offensive player of the week award
  • Recorded 34 kills, a 3.78 kills per set average and hit at a .538 clip
  • Tallied a weekend-best 14 kills and a .579 hitting percentage in the Pioneers' 3-0 victory against Fairleigh Dickinson

Also nominated: Mackenzie Steckler (Western Illinois), Nicole Rightnowar (Purdue Fort Wayne), Makenzie Hennen (South Dakota State), Lara Picht (Oral Roberts), Hayley Dotseth (South Dakota), Isabella Sade (Omaha) 

Payton Richardson, South Dakota State

Senior | MB | Ypsilanti, Mich.

  • Received her first career defensive player of the week honor
  • Tallied 25 total blocks and a 1.67 blocks per set average
  • Registered a school-record 12 block assists in SDSU's 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois

Also nominated: Claire Grove (Western Illinois), Sydney Boerst (Purdue Fort Wayne), Katarina Marinkovic (Denver), Anne Rasmussen (South Dakota), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Claire Mountjoy (Omaha)

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.