The National Junior College Athletic Association announced yesterday that Seward County Community College sophomore volleyball player Katy Troutman was named the NJCAA National Libero of the Week. Troutman, a 5-foot-4-inch libero from Broken Arrow, Okla., was named the nations top defensive player after averaging 3.4 digs per game last week. Troutmanís impressive week included breaking the SCCC all-time record for digs in a career, a record that stood for the past eight years. Troutman broke the all-time single-season record for digs this past season as a freshman (777). Troutman is the second player this season to earned National Player of the Week honors, after freshman Dan Yang received the honor on Sept. 12.

Troutman helped pace Seward County to a 7-1 record last week. She recorded five matches with double-figures in digs including, a season-high 23 digs against Casper College in a four game match. Also last week, Troutman led Seward County with 17 service aces. She posted five aces against Sheridan College, and three aces each against Laramie County C.C., Casper College and Dodge City C.C.

The sophomore libero is currently ranked No. 21 in the NJCAA in total digs (312). Troutman becomes the fifth player in SCCC volleyball history to receive National Player of the Week honors following, Dan Yang (2007), Janete Ferreira (2005), Kelli Kirkwood (2005) and Luana Cavalcanti (2004).