Hahn named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week


Defensive specialist Kristen Hahn serves the ball to Miami during the second round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Cyclones beat the Hurricanes in the first three sets, advancing them on to the Sweet 16.

Alex Halsted

If knocking off the No. 1 team in the country wasn’t enough for junior libero Kristen Hahn, the Big 12 on Monday named her the Defensive Player of the Week.

As the Cyclones beat No. 1 Nebraska 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum, Hahn contributed a season-high 26 digs. It was the Cedar Rapids native’s second match of the season with at least 25 digs. 

On the season, Hahn is averaging 4.63 digs per set, ranking fourth in the Big 12 in that category. 

During her Cyclone career, Hahn has now won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award five times. That award goes along with Hahn being named the Big 12 Libero of the Year for the 2011 season, averaging 5.44 digs per set. 

Iowa State’s victory Saturday was the volleyball program’s first ever against a No. 1 team and only the second ever against Nebraska. 

The Cyclones begin Big 12 play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Baylor.