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Axel Sjöberg Named Big East Men's Soccer Defender Of The Week

Plus: David Selvaggi and Nele Barber made their respective Honor Rolls.

Christian Petersen

With men's soccer earning their third straight shutout win over the weekend, it was expected that someone on the team would end up with some kind of weekly honor from the Big East.  As luck would have it, Marquette got two.  Redshirt junior defender Axel Sjoberg was named Defensive Player of the Week, while fellow redshirt junior David Selvaggi was added to the Weekly Honor Roll.

Sjoberg has played every minute so far this season for the Golden Eagles, which shouldn't be a surprise, as he was named the Big East's preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  Against Drake on Saturday, Sjöberg anchored the back line while directing the suffocation of Drake's offense.  The Bulldogs were held to just six shots in the entire game, three of which came after MU had already taken a 2-0 lead.

Speaking of that 2-0 lead, both goals came off the foot of Selvaggi, who now leads Marquette in goals this season with three.  The transfer from DePaul rapped home a C. Nortey feed for the game winner, and then provided his own insurance on his second successful penalty kick of the season.  I suppose it's fair that Seton Hall's Victor Manosalvas was named Offensive Player of the Week as he had three goals, but the Pirates lost both of their matches.  Just sayin'.

Over on the volleyball side of the aisle, Nele Barber was included in the Big East's Weekly Honor Roll.  Barber was included on the Marquette Invitational all-tournament team over the weekend, as she hit .252 while averaging 3.13 kills in four matches.  The sophomore from Berlin, Germany, also chipped in 0.9 digs and 0.8 blocks per set.