Oct. 20, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Just one day after becoming the program's all-time assists leader, University of Memphis senior setter Laura Côté was named the Conference USA Setter of the Week, as announced by the league office, Monday afternoon. The award is the sixth of Côté's career.
Côté put together her strongest weekend of the year, collecting 103 assists (12.88 APS) in just eight games. She kicked off her weekend with a season-high 55 assists to help the Tigers past SMU on Friday night and followed that outing up with 48 assists versus Tulsa on Sunday. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native, made Memphis volleyball history in the Tulsa match as her 19th assist of the day made her the program's all-time assists leader, surpassing four-time All-Metro performer Clare Dirksen's former mark of 5,653 assists--a record that stood for 19 years. Côté, who has dished out more than 1,400 assists in each of her three previous campaigns, now has 5,683 assists for her career, a figure that ranks third on C-USA's all-time charts.
This is Côté's first Setter of the Week honor this season. The U of M tri-captain has now earned at least one Setter of the Week award in each of her four years in a Tiger uniform. This honor now gives her more weekly honors than any other setter in Memphis history. Heather Watts, who set for the Tigers from 2002-04, earned five Setter of the Week awards in the 2004 campaign.