IPFW libero Tessa McGill will enter the start of conference play atop the national rankings for digs.
McGill leads the country with a 6.59 digs per game average in the season's first nationwide individual statistical report that the NCAA released Tuesday.
McGill, a 2011 All-Summit League selection, is the one of two players in the nation averaging at least 6.00 digs per game through the first three weeks of the season. Mississippi State libero Roxanne McVey is second in the nation for digs per game average and trails McGill by a 0.59 average.
The senior has led IPFW (9-2) defensively this season finishing six matches with more than 20 digs -- including a match-high 23 digs in a four-game victory against Georgia on Saturday. McGill on Friday also had season-high 29 digs in a five-game loss against Michigan State, which is receiving votes in the top 25 national coaches poll.
Along with leading the nation in digs per game average, McGill is second in country with a 244 digs this season -- one dig behind the nation's leader Connecticut libero Kelsey Maving.
IPFW will open Summit League play against Oakland on Friday in Rochester, Mich.
The Mastodons enter this confernece opener having won eight of their last nine matches and finished 2-1 at the Spartan Invitational last weekend. Among IPFW's victories at that tournament included beating Georgia for the program's first victory against an SEC team since 1984.