With 18 digs against No. 15 Dominican last night, senior Cullen Liberski became the NCAA Division III all-time leader for digs.
The performance against the Stars gave Liberski 1,225 digs for his career surpassing Brendan Chang who competed at MIT from 2013-16 and recorded 1,220 digs over his career. Liberski recorded 254 digs as a freshman, 372 as a sophomore, 330 as a junior and currently sits at 269 this season with five matches left in the regular season. He has never finished lower than seventh in the nation for a single season in digs per set over his career with his best season coming as a junior when he averaged 3.80 digs per set to finish second in the country. He currently ranks second in the nation for digs per set with 4.01 this season.
Over his four years, Liberski has produced more than 20 digs in a total of nine matches with a career-high 27 digs coming against then-ranked No. 9 Benedictine this season. He also has a 24-dig performance this season and as a freshman posted 25 digs against Fontbonne.
Liberski was named the MCVL Player of the Week two times as a sophomore and went on to earn Defensive Player of the Year recognition along with a second team all-conference nod. Last season, Liberski earned his second all-conference selection after being named second team all-conference by the NACC.
“This is a great moment for Cullen and I give him the biggest of congratulations,” commented head men’s volleyball coach Tyler Frings. “I’ve known him from a young age and his work ethic has always been second to none amongst his peers and teammates. Cullen strives every day to be the best volleyball player he can be and is one of the best at his position to ever play collegiate volleyball.”
Liberski also has a chance to set the all-time digs per set record which was set by Cooper Lyon who competed at Keuka in 2015 and 2016 averaging 3.50 digs per set. Liberski currently sits at 3.49 digs per set over his four years in a Sabre uniform.
Marian hits the road Friday, March 22 taking on Concordia Chicago at 7 p.m. in NACC action.