SAINT LEO, Fla. – As an exclamation point on an exciting week, Saint Leo University freshman Danielle Bletso was rewarded for her performances as she was named the Sunshine State Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for the week of November 9-16.

The Saint Leo freshman middle blocker averaged 1.5 blocks per set to help the Lions close out the regular season with a pair of SSC victories. In a five-set upset over No. 13 Florida Southern, Bletso narrowly missed a double-double with 14 kills and nine blocks.

Her presence at the net helped limit the Moccasins to a .184 hitting percentage in SLU's first win over their rivals from Lakeland in 61 meetings.  In another five-set victory over Barry, she tallied 15 kills and six blocks.  

The Boardman, Ohio native’s defensive performance helped limit the Lions' opponents to a combined .208 attack percentage.  In two matches, she also averaged 2.9 kills with a .386 hitting percentage.

Bletso and the rest of the Lions will  make their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament as they begin South Region play this Thursday.  The Lions will once again face Florida Southern in the opening round match that will be played at the University of Tampa.  The match is set to get underway at 2:30 p.m. at the Bob Martinez Sports Center and will be carried live on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast Network.