Fairbanks Earns C-USA Top Weekly Defensive Award

Rachel Fairbanks earned her first career C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award

Oct. 22, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Libero Rachel Fairbanks was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for her excellence in the back row for the Blazers, which finished last week with a perfect 3-0 record.

Fairbanks averaged 4.75 digs per set over the three matches, as UAB defeated Middle Tennessee at home and earned conference wins on the road at Marshall and East Carolina.  She has been a defensive leader for the Blazers, which have won eight straight matches, including six against C-USA teams.

The Katy, Texas native posted 18 or more digs in each match and has now reached double digit digs in nine of 10 league contests.  In addition, Fairbanks collected five service aces and nine assists for the week.

For the season, Fairbanks has corralled 486 digs and has reached 20 digs in a match on 10 occasions this season. 

Monday’s award marked the first C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honor of Fairbanks’ career.