Iowa volleyball’s Orr receives first collegiate honor

Setter Brie Orr is named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week after recording 117 assists in 10 sets over the weekend.


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Iowa’s Brie Orr sets the ball during a volleyball match against University of Nebraska-Omaha at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Friday, Sep. 1, 2017. The Hawkeyes swept the match against the Mavericks, 3 sets to 0. (Lily Smith/The Daily Iowan)

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Iowa volleyball setter Brie Orr has been named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.

“It means a lot to me. It’s a huge honor, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my team,” Orr said. “I’m just the middle person; I mean, there are people on both ends helping me out.”

Over the weekend, Orr recorded 117 assists in 10 sets, helping her team finish 3-0.

In 12 matches this season, she has had at least 30 assists in each. Of those, she has had 40 or more assists in six.

“I think it’s a big confidence booster to know that I can be a freshman setter on the team … it helps a lot,” Orr said.

She came in a semester early to get a head start on her training, a decision that has paid off for the Hawkeyes.

“Brie has been on a tremendous growth curve already this season, and we are looking forward to where she will lead the team as our setter,” head coach Bond Shymansky said in a press release. “We know she can run a high-paced and complicated offensive system, and she will continue to be a clutch performer for us as we head into Big Ten play.”

Orr has 515 assists this season, which puts her at No. 2 in the Big Ten and 24th in the nation. She averages 11.44 assists per set, ranking her at No. 5 in the conference and 17th in the nation.

Not only is she contributing in assists, but she also has 43 kills, 93 digs, and 24 blocks.

“It’s really awesome. I’m just doing my job, and it’s good to know that hard work is paying off,” Orr said.

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