MSU's Giustino named OVC POW after record weekend


After an historic weekend at the UIC Invitational in Algonquin, Illinois, Murray State's Rachel Giustino has been named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week.

It is the second time in three weeks she has earned the honor.

The Racer senior put up huge numbers on the court, helping the Racers to their first early-season tournament title since 2017. For the weekend, she totaled 74 kills in three matches for an average of 5.69 per set, and all while hitting .279.

Combined with her five blocks and three service aces, she was responsible for 79.5 points, 13 points more than the next closest in the OVC this past weekend.

She wrapped her efforts with one of the best matches in Racer history, as she achieved the rare 30-20 stat line: accumulating 31 kills, 22 digs and hitting .311 in a win five-set victory over Bradley. It is the first 30-20 performance in Murray State history during the rally-scoring era, which dates back to 1999.

Giustino opened the weekend with her fifth double-double of the season against Sacramento State, notching 17 kills and 14 digs in a win over the Hornets.

She followed that up Saturday with 26 kills and an astounding .344 hitting percentage against the host Flames in a four-set win.

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