Sophomore middle blocker Paige Tapp (Stewartville, Minn.) claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors, announced today by the Big Ten Conference office. It's the second accolade this year for her and the team's third overall.

Tapp finished the regular season with 20 total blocks against Ohio State and Indiana. Against the Buckeyes, Tapp had eight block assists, while she provided 10 kills to hit .385. She also collected 15 points in the five-set loss. As the Gophers closed out the regular season against Indiana, she established a career-high 12 blocks in just three sets played. Tapp added a team-high 13.5 points, 12 blocks (1 solo, 11 assists), hit .538 and had seven kills. On the week, Tapp did not commit a single error in 39 attempts as she had 17 kills and 2.12 per set.On the season, Tapp led the Big Ten Conference in blocks per set. As the league's best blocker, Tapp averaged 1.55 blocks per set and against conference opponents, finished the regular season with 1.65 blocks per set. After seeing action in only 21 sets as a freshman, Tapp came on as a sophomore and finished her season as the third-best blocker nationally.