SIU opens the tournament against No. 4 Missouri State at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Junior Taylor Pippen was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the second straight year.
Results of matches this weekend will determine final standings heading into the MVC tournament.
SIU continues on to face No. 3 ranked Wichita State tomorrow.
This is Rivera's third accolade of the season, after being named MVC Defensive Player of the Week twice.
Photos from SIU's Senior Day match against Drake on Nov. 8, 2014.
Photos from SIU's volleyball match vs. Loyola on Oct. 3, 2014 at Davies Gym.
Head shots and team shots of the 2014 SIU Volleyball team.
Volleyball vs. MTSU
MVC All-Tournament Team
2x MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14, Nov. 18)
MVC All-Tournament Team Two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14, Nov. 18) Played in all 33 matches and 124 sets Led SIU with 523 digs (4.22 per set), ninth-most in the MVC in 2013 523 digs is the third-most in a single season in SIU history Led SIU with 33 service aces (0.27 per set), 10th-most in the MVC in 2013 In conference-only play, ranked ninth in digs (305, 4.42 per set) and tied for 13th in service aces (18, 0.26 per set) Third on SIU's roster with 55 assists (0.44 per set) Had more than 20 digs in eight separate games, including a 30-dig performance at Missouri State on Oct. 5.
At Western Nebraska CC
Played two seasons at WNCC, helping the Cougars to a combined 81-5 record with back-to-back Region IX titles and consecutive top three finishes at the NJCAA Division I National Championships Named All-Region IX both seasons Ranks third in program history with 1,224 digs over two seasons for an average of 4.4 per set Her 682 digs in 2012 rank fourth in program history for a single season Holds four of the top 10 single-game dig totals in program history, including the No. 3 spot with 28 against College of Southern Idaho in 2011.
Full name is Alexandra Rivera Rojas Majoring in foreign language and international trade Born Feb. 18, 1993 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Has two siblings Daughter of Raul Rivera and Lili Rojas.