MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 9/9/2013


MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Jenny Ingle, Miami, Middle Hitter
Sophomore, Ludlow Falls, Ohio/Brookville
Ingle was the star for the RedHawks last weekend as she led the team to a championship in its own Miami Invitational. She was named MVP after recording 36 kills in two matches with a hitting percentage of .508. In a three-set win vs. Evansville on Friday, she had 15 kills and made only one error in 21 attempts for a hitting percentage of .667. She also contributed three blocks (one solo and two assisted). Ingle was even better in a come-from-behind win vs. Northern Kentucky on Saturday. She had a new career high with 21 kills, and made it a double-double with 10 blocks (two solo and eight assisted). For the weekend she averaged 4.50 kills per set and 1.62 blocks per set, finishing with 44 points scored.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Pinson, Ohio, Middle Blocker
Graduate Student, Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State/Xavier Prep
Pinson proved to be a perpetual force at the net throughout Ohio’s three matches in the Baymont Inn Invitational, averaging an impressive 1.73 blocks per set to lead Ohio in a 2-1 week. The Baymont Inn Invitational All-Tournament selection also notched 2.27 kills/set, 0.55 service aces/set and hit at a solid .348 clip while contributing 3.48 points/set. She led the ‘Cats in blocks, service aces and total points during the tournament. In Ohio’s match against No. 24 North Carolina on Saturday night, Pinson dazzled with 14 total blocks (including two solo), the most by a Bobcat student-athlete in more than four seasons. The Phoenix, Ariz., native hit at .409 against the Tar Heels and notched 13 kills to record her first double-double in an Ohio uniform. In the tournament finale against Dayton, Pinson led Ohio with four total blocks (including one solo) while added four kills and three service aces to help the ‘Cats sweep the Flyers. 
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, Middle Blocker
Senior, Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan
Northern Illinois senior Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) had a milestone week for the Huskies. On Labor Day against Missouri State, she had 10 kills and seven blocks, along with a .350 attack percentage in a 3-1 loss to the Bears. Two days later against in-state rival Western Illinois, Angelos again had double-digit kills with 13 to go along with a .310 hitting percentage and five blocks in the 3-2 win over the Leathernecks. Facing third-ranked USC on Saturday, Angelos spearheaded a strong Huskie showing against the Trojans with a team-high 13 kills in the 3-1 loss. Later that night, though, the Waukegan, Ill., native had a team- and season-high .476 attack percentage, coupled with 12 kills in a convincing 3-1 win against Belmont. Angelos also became the 20th member of NIU’s 1,000-kill club with a score in the third set versus the Bruins.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Libero
Senior, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Central Michigan senior libero Jenna Coates displayed why she was chosen as a preseason All-Mid-American Conference selection over the weekend at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament. Coates locked down the Chippewas’ defense and posted 20-plus digs in all three matches of the tournament, including 28 versus both Duquesne and Robert Morris. The senior finished the weekend averaging 6.33 digs per set and had a perfect serve receive percentage, handling all 49 attempts with perfection. Coates also chipped in on the offensive side, dishing out 16 assists over the weekend. 
Other Nominees:
Alex Cocklin, Akron, Outside Hitter
Senior, Rochester, Mich./Marian HS
Alex Cocklin carried the Zips’ offense to a pair of decisive wins at the Akron Invitational. The senior garnered All-Tournament team honors for the second straight weekend, averaging 3.80 kills per set over three matches. In the shutout against Niagara, Cocklin tallied a match-high 13 kills and was two digs short of a double-double with eight. In the finale versus Milwaukee, she tied her career-high with 19 kills and added a pair of service aces. 
Danielle Tonyan, Bowling Green, Right Side
Senior, McHenry, Ill./ McHenry
Tonyan, a native of McHenry, Ill., led the Falcons on offense this weekend, as the Orange and Brown played a pair of tough opponents in the Golden Dome Invitational. Bowling Green lost to Notre Dame on Friday night, as Tonyan led the team as the only one with double digit blocks with 16, while attacking .294. She also added six blocks in that match. On Sunday, Tonyan once again led BGSU with 12 kills, as the Falcons dropped a match to 22nd-ranked Purdue.
Liz Scott, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Junior, Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua
Liz Scott was named the most valuable player of the Cornell Invitational after she led the Bulls to a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend.  Scott hit .453 as she recorded 27 kills and just three errors on 53 total attacks.  Scott finished with 12 kills in the victory against Iona to begin the weekend and she added nine kills and no errors in the win over the host Big Red.  On Saturday, Scott had six kills in the win over Bucknell, but was rested in the third set with UB out to a huge advantage.  Defensively, Scott also contributed with seven total blocks.  Through six matches, Scott is hitting a team-high .433.
Karin Bull, Ohio University, Middle Blocker
Sophomore, Bloomington, Minn./Bloomington
Bull averaged 2.8 points/set in a 2-1 week for the Bobcats in the Baymont Inn Invitational. The all-tournament selection posted 2.2 kills/set and 0.6 blocks/set during the tournament while hitting at a solid .314 clip. In the tournament opener vs. Cincinnati, Bull hit .500 while posting a team-best eight kills and adding four total blocks. Against No. 24 North Carolina on Friday night, Bull notched 11 kills and chipped in five total blocks to aid an Ohio blocking unit that posted a season-high 19 total blocks against the Tar Heels. In the tournament finale vs. Dayton, Bull tallied five kills (.333) and added three total blocks in the sweep of the Flyers. 
Mary Delich, Akron, Middle Blocker
Junior, Omaha, Neb./Daniel J. Gross HS
Mary Delich was a threatening presence at the net for the Zips at the Akron Invitational. UA’s only junior averaged 1.00 blocks per set over the three matches without committing an error, including a career-high three solo blocks against both Niagara and Milwaukee. Offensively In Akron’s two victories, Delich posted 3.17 kills per set and hit .516. 
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green, Middle
Senior, Cambridge, Ont./ St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
Skinner continued her strong play at the net for the Falcons over the weekend, as the Orange and Brown lost to Notre Dame and 22nd-ranked Purdue in the Golden Dome Invitational. Skinner recorded eight kills and 13 blocks in just two matches for the Falcons, as she brought her season total to 30 blocks (1.67 blocks/set). Skinner averaged 1.86 blocks per set this weekend.
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Libero
Senior, Cleveland , OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda was named to the All-Tournament team at the Cornell Invitational as she was the tournament’s most valuable libero.  Svoboda averaged 5.20 digs per set as she had 52 for the weekend, including 30 in four-set win over Iona.  She added 15 digs in the win over Cornell and despite not being tested in the win over Bucknell, she finished with seven.  As a service receiver, Svoboda had just five errors on 54 total opportunities. She also added a pair of service aces.  Svoboda leads the team with 99 digs through the first two weeks, averaging 5.21 per set. 
Tori Clifford, Miami, Libero
Junior, Glen Ellyn, Ill/Glenbard West
Clifford earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Miami Invitational for her efforts defensively in two matches. She set a new career-high with 24 digs in the opener against Evansville and followed that up with 22 digs against Northern Kentucky, which tied her second best effort. She averaged an impressive 5.75 digs per set, and only made one reception error on 46 attempts. Clifford had five service aces in two matches, and recorded her first career kill against NKU.
Alex Fuelling, Ball State, Outside Hitter
R-So., Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State
Alex Fuelling continued her solid play  last week, pacing the team with a 3.64 kills-per-set average while ranking second on the squad with a 3.29 digs-per-set average … In Ball State’s home opener versus IPFW, Fuelling led the Cardinals to victory with a career-high 24 kills to go along with a career-best 15 digs … She also blasted double-digit kills versus Duke and Western Illinois over the weekend, giving her double-digit kills in six of Ball State’s seven matches this season.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam
Central Michigan junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre earned All-Tournament honors at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament after displaying her hitting prowess with 50 kills (4.17/set). McIntyre opened the tournament with her second straight double-double, slamming home a season-high 25 kills and chipping in with 10 digs before leading the Chippewas to a five-set victory over Robert Morris with a team-high 16 kills Saturday morning. The third-year star is now just 108 kill shy of becoming the 16th player in program history to record 1,000 kills. 
Stacey Perinar, Eastern Michigan, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Channohan, Ill.-Minooka Community
Sophomore outside hitter, Stacey Perinar, totaled 52 kills in the 1-3 week for EMU. The Channohan, Ill. native posted 16-or-more kills in three of the Eagles’ four matches, including 16 against the first ever PAC-12 opponent that Eastern has ever taken on, Sept. 4, against Oregon State. For the week, Perinar posted a .183 (52-20-175) attack percentage and 2.89 kills per set throughout the weekend. Not only was she effective offensively by averaging 3.39 points per game, the sophomore averaged nearly a block, while also totaling 2.28 digs per set.
Lexie Pawlik, Western Michigan, Setter
Junior, Granger, Ind. / Penn
Pawlik was named to the All-Tournament team at the Louisiana Tech Invitational, setting the Broncos to three straight wins and nine out of ten sets won.  WMU hit .317 over the course of the weekend, with their lowest team hitting percentage being a very respectable .283 in the match against Louisiana Tech.  In the first match against New Orleans, Pawlik posted 33 assists, four blocks, two aces, and one kill, and set the Broncos to a .375 team hitting percentage in dispatching the Privateers 3-0.  Pawlik had a strong individual offensive display in the second match of the day, recording eight kills and hitting .538 against Louisiana Tech will still adding 45 assists, three blocks, and an ace in the Broncos’ 3-1 win; WMU hit .283 as a team against the Lady Techsters.  Pawlik concluded her run at the tournament with a 39-assist, two-kill, one-block performance against McNeese State, setting the Broncos to a .314 hitting percentage.
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio/St. Paul
Sophomore libero Corynne Smith notched 93 digs through four matches this week. The Norwalk, Ohio native posted 5.17 digs per set, while holding a .990 reception percentage, with just one reception error. Offensively, Smith had just one kill, but also posted 13 assists and five service aces for the Eagles.
Justine Schepler, Northern Illinois, DS/L
Senior, Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
Northern Illinois senior Justine Schepler (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) was an integral part of NIU’s strong defensive effort this week, combining for 61 digs and a .961 receiving percentage. In a 3-1 loss of Missouri State, Schepler recorded 15 digs and a .967 receiving percentage. On Wednesday night against Western Illinois, the Sycamore, Ill., native led the Huskies with 19 digs in a 3-2 win over the Leathernecks. Against #3 USC on Saturday afternoon, Schepler was successful on 32 of her season-high 33 receiving attempts in a 3-1 loss to the Trojans. She completed the week with 14 digs and a perfect receiving night, as the Huskies defeated Belmont, 3-1.
Dakota Harkins, Toledo, Middle Blocker
Senior, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest
Senior MB Dakota Harkins led Toledo’s defensive effort at the net by averaging 1.36 blocks per set and helping the Rockets to a second-place showing at the YSU Invitational. Harkins also enjoyed a solid weekend offensively with a team-best .388 attack percentage and 2.18 kills per set. Harkins’ top performance came in UT’s 3-2 win over Youngstown State when she tallied a season-high eight blocks. Harkins also notched a season-best three block solos in a sweep over Saint Francis (PA) and is averaging a team-high 1.2 blocks per set this season.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver made Western Michigan history over the weekend, recording her 2,000th career dig and backstopping the Broncos to a 3-0 record at the Louisiana Tech Invitational.  Oliver reached the milestone in the first set of the Broncos’ 3-0 win over New Orleans on the first day of the tournament; Oliver recorded nine digs in the match, a low total that was mitigated by the fact that New Orleans had nearly as many errors (15) as kills (20) and hit .055.  Oliver tied the match-high with 18 digs in the Broncos’ 3-1 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night, helping to hold the Lady Techsters to just a .098 hitting percentage.  Oliver wrapped the weekend with an 11-dig performance against McNeese State, helping to hold the Cowgirls to a .136 team hitting percentage.  On the weekend, the Broncos held their opponents to just a .098 cumulative hitting percentage and dropped just one set out of 10 played.