EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE's Taylor Joens added another honor Tuesday as the Cougar middle blocker was selected as the Sports Imports/AVCA NCAA Division I Player of the Week.

The award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association comes on the heels of her second straight Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor.

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The Johnston, Iowa, native was named the Most Valuable Player of the Cougar Invite Presented by DoubleTree Hotels after recording a phenomenal offensive and defensive weekend. She finished the weekend with 37 kills, one error and 67 total attacks for a .537 hitting percentage.

She started the weekend by hitting .435 with 10 kills against Seattle, adding nine blocks. Joens overpowered Montana with 18 kills and a .562 hitting percentage. The Cougar senior closed out the weekend with a .667 hitting percentage with nine kills in a three-set sweep of UIC.

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Joens finished the weekend with 17 blocks (1.55 per set), six assists (0.55 per set), four service aces (0.36 per set), and 51.5 points (4.68 per set).

She now holds a season hitting percentage of .399, which leads all OVC hitters. Joens is ranked 36thnationally in hitting percentage among NCAA Division I schools.

Joens and the Cougars open OVC play this weekend with a 7 p.m. match Friday at Austin Peay and a 1 p.m. match Saturday at Murray State.