Thomas had a career-high 25 kills in Lamar’s five-set win over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday. The junior from Houston followed that performance with a 24-kill effort in four sets at New Orleans on Saturday. She finished the week hitting .362 and averaging 5.44 kills per set, while committing just 11 errors between the nine sets for the week. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Thomas combined for 49 kills for the Cardinals (4-18, 2-10 SLC) against Southeastern Louisiana (2-24, 0-12 SLC) and New Orleans (5-14, 4-8 SLC). Burleson accumulated 52 digs in a 1-1 week at home against Sam Houston State (13-11, 9-2 SLC) and Abilene Christian (9-14, 5-6 SLC) for the Lady Demons (13-14, 8-4 SLC). FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Tomar Thomas is the Southland Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while Northwestern State’s Channing Burleson is the Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Offensive Player of the Week: Tomar Thomas, Lamar – Jr. – Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker – Houston Honorable Mention: Amanda Dimon, Central Arkansas; Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin. Lamar welcomes UIW (5-14, 4-8 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., competes at Sam Houston on Thursday at 7 p.m. before ending a three-match week at Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m. Northwestern State hosts Central Arkansas (21-3, 10-2 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before playing at Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Burleson tied a season and career high for digs when she tallied 32 in a four-set win over Sam Houston State on Thursday. Her 32 digs ranks first in four-set matches among Southland members this season. She continued her leadership on the backrow in Saturday’s match against Abilene Christian, making 20 digs to hold the Wildcats to a .106 hitting percentage. For the week, the junior libero averaged 6.5 digs per set. She now leads the league with 5.40 digs per set in conference matches. Defensive Player of the Week: Channing Burleson, Northwestern State – Jr. – Libero – Midland, Texas Honorable Mention: Amanda Beaton, Central Arkansas; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.