MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, Left Side
Senior, Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
Butterfield, a native of Springfield, Ohio, recorded two double-doubles this week to begin Mid-American Conference play, as the Falcons won both games to start 2-0. Butterfield recorded 36 kills and 31 digs on the week, as she led the Falcons with an attack percentage of .299. In Thursday night’s five-set win at Miami, Butterfield led the offensive comeback with 25 kills and two blocks, while also adding 18 digs. In Saturday’s three-set win, Butterfield registered her second straight double-double, this time with 11 kills and 13 digs. Butterfield averaged 4.50 kills/set and 3.89 digs/set for the Orange and Brown.
MAC East Defensive Co-Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green, Middle
Senior, Cambridge, Ont./ St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
Skinner, a native of Cambridge, Ontario, continued to be a major threat at the net for the Falcons, as she played an integral role in the 2-0 start in MAC play. Skinner recorded 16 kills and 15 blocks in two matches, as she hit .379 on the week. In Thursday’s five set win, Skinner set season-highs with eight kills and nine blocks against the RedHawks. In Saturday’s three-set win over Northern Illinois, Skinner once again tied her season-high with eight kills. In the match, Skinner recorded her eight kills in just 10 attempts, compiling a hitting percentage of .800—her career high. She also added six blocks in the match, including the block on match point to seal the three-set win over NIU. Skinner contributed 10 digs on the week, capping off her impressive week.
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Libero
Senior, Cleveland , OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda averaged 6.50 digs per set during the opening weekend of MAC play, highlighted by her 32-dig performance against Kent State. Svoboda, who averaged 8.0 digs per set in the match against the Golden Flashes, set a new career high, besting her old total of 31. She added 20 digs in the four-set loss to Ohio. Svoboda was also perfect in serve receive during the weekend as she passed all 67 of the balls served her way. She also added six assists and a service ace. Svoboda continues to lead the Bulls and the Mid-American Conference in digs.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Ave Stout, Western Michigan, Middle Blocker
Redshirt Freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers
Stout was offensively dominant and efficient for the Broncos last weekend, leading the team in hitting percentage to open conference play against Northern Illinois and Miami. Stout produced a career-high 14 kills in the Broncos’ 3-2 loss to the Huskies, committing just one error in 20 attempts for a .650 hitting percentage; she also added five blocks to contribute a total of 17 points on the night. Stout added another 12 kills in the Broncos’ 3-2 road win at Miami on Saturday, committing just two errors on 24 swings for a .417 hitting percentage. She was excellent at the net defensively as well, adding six total blocks for a total of 15 points contributed. Stout ranks first on the team in conference play with a .523 hitting percentage, and leads the Broncos overall on the season with a .371 hitting percentage. She is also the Broncos’ leading contributor at the net with an average of 0.93 blocks/set.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Catie Fredrich, Ball State, Libero
Senior, Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls
Ball State senior libero Catie Fredrich put on a defensive clinic in helping guide the Cardinals to a perfect 2-0 record to start MAC play, posting 7.67 digs per set and a perfect 1.000 (29-for-29) reception percentage, while helping limit BSU’s opponents to a combined .047 (51-40-232) attack percentage … In the MAC-opening victory over EMU, Fredrich’s match-high 22 digs helped limit the Eagle’s attack to just 20 kills for the match and a .047 (20-15-106) attack percentage … She followed with a 24-dig effort at Central Michigan, helping limit the then-fourth-ranked MAC offense (at .243) to a .048 (31-25-126) rate of success … With her 24 digs in the sweep of CMU, Fredrich also moved into third place in program history with 1,661 career digs.
Kelsey Wilson, Akron, MB
Sophomore, Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale HS
Kelsey Wilson was the most accurate hitter in the conference last weekend, posting a league-leading .579 hitting percentage in just eight sets. Against Kent State, Wilson tied a match-high 15 kills with just a single error in 21 attempts to hit .667, a mark that ranks inside Akron’s top-10 all-time and ties the sophomore’s career best. She led the Zips’ offense against Ohio as well, with nine kills and again just one error for a .471 clip. The middle blocker also picked up four total blocks over the two matches.
Mindy Marx, Ball State, MH
Sr., Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven
Senior middle Mindy Marx continued her strong play over the weekend, leading the Ball State offense with a .455 (19-4-33) attack percentage, while posting 3.17 kills and 1.17 blocks per set, as the Cardinals opened MAC play with a 2-0 record … In the win at Eastern Michigan, Marx blasted a match-high 12 kills and added a career-best .688 (12-1-16) attack percentage … It marked the fifth consecutive match Marx tallied double-digit kills … Marx had never recorded back-to-back matches with double-digit kills in her career prior to the five-match string … She concluded the week with seven kills in the victory at CMU.
Carrissa McKenna, Buffalo, Middle Blocker
Senior, West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Lake Northern
Senior Carissa McKenna led the Bulls in hitting percentage during the first weekend of MAC play, recording 13 kills and just four errors on Friday night against nationally-ranked Ohio. Mckenna hit .429 against the Bobcats. She also had two big service aces during UB’s second set victory. Defensively, McKenna set a new career high in blocking with 10 total blocks. On Saturday against the Golden Flashes, McKenna added five kills and five block assists. She is currently second in the MAC and in the top 20 in the nation in blocking.
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Libero
Senior, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Central Michigan senior libero Jenna Coates was in lockdown mode in the backcourt over the weekend, posting another pair of stellar defensive performances against Toledo and Ball State. The senior averaged 5.67 digs per set over the two matches, including 16 in a three-set sweep over Toledo to open Mid-American Conference play. Coates performances were key in limiting the Rockets to a hitting percentage of just .160 and the Cardinals to just .203.
Angie White, Central Michigan, Middle Blocker
Sophomore, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Academy of the Sacred Heart)
Central Michigan sophomore middle blocker Angie White was a force for the Chippewas over the weekend, helping the Maroon and Gold earn split in their opening two matches of Mid-American Conference play. White hit an astounding .478 in the Chippewas’ MAC opening sweep of Toledo Friday night, recording 12 kills on 23 attacks with just one error. On Saturday, White posted six more kills with just one error and chipped in five blocks on the defensive side.
Stacey Perinar, Eastern Michigan, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community
Sophomore outside hitter Stacey Perinar had a solid offensive showing in her first weekend of Mid-American Conference play last weekend, Sept. 27-28. The Channahon, Ill. native posted 20 kills over the seven sets played against Ball State and Toledo. Perinar averaged 2.86 kills and 2.14 digs in the Eagles first two MAC matches. She also posted a pair of aces. On the defensive side of things, she posted a .950 reception percentage, while adding a pair of blocks and 15 digs... Her best day came against Toledo when EMU won in four sets. Perinat notched 13 kills on 43 attempts, while posting a pair of aces against the Rockets. The sophomore helped setup the offense a bit too, posting four assists in the victory over Toledo. Perinar also added 10 digs in the match, good for the fourth double-double of her career.
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul
Sophomore libero, Corynne Smith, was the backbone of the EMU defense in its two Mid-American Conference matches this week. The Norwalk, Ohio native helped the Eagles to a 1-1 record after posting a total of 41 digs, and a .921 reception percentage in a pair of conference tilts. Smith averaged 5.86 digs per set in the .500 weekend for Eastern. Offensively, the libero was able to notch four assists and a service ace throughout the weekend... In the Green and White’s opening MAC match Smith posted 15 digs, while making just three reception errors as the Eagles fell in three sets to Ball State. Smith was stellar in the Eagles’ win over Toledo. She posted the 26 digs, the third-most of her career, while making just two reception errors, good for a .931 reception percentage. Smith also helped out offensively in the four set win as she posted four assists and an ace against the Rockets.
Hannah Herc, Kent State, DS/L
Senior, Eden, N.Y./Eden
Senior libero Hannah Herc anchored the Kent State defense with 5.22 digs per set as the Golden Flashes have now out-dug their last nine opponents. Herc recorded a match-high 18 digs on Friday as the Flashes earned a thrilling five-set victory over Akron, giving Kent State the first matchup in this year’s PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. She came within two of matching her career-high with 29 digs in a four-set loss at Buffalo on Saturday. Herc leads the Flashes with 4.51 digs per set on the season and has posted double-digits in nine consecutive matches.
Liz Reikow, Kent State, MB
Jr., Holland, Mich./Holland
Junior middle blocker Liz Reikow posted two of the best offensive performance of her career a over the weekend and played a key part in Kent State defeating rival Akron in the first matchup in this year’s PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. Reikow dominated at the net Friday with 8 kills and a .667 attack percentage as the Golden Flashes jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Zips. She finished with 13 kills, which matched her career-high at the time. Reikow followed that with a career-high 15 kills in a 3-1 loss at Buffalo on Saturday. The Bulls’ defense, which entered the weekend as the national leader in blocks per set, was no match for Reikow as she recorded just one error and a career-best .583 attack percentage. She hit .355 and posted 3.11 kills per set to lead the Flashes on the weekend
Madison Hardy, Miami, libero
Senior, Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy
Hardy finished the week with 52 digs, an impressive 5.20 digs per set average. Against Western Michigan, she became Miami’s career leader in all-time leader in digs when liberos are included. She recorded 28 digs against Bowling Green and 24 against WMU, leading the RedHawks in both matches. She made only two reception errors in 91 attempts for a receiving percentage of .978.
Jenny Ingle, Miami
Sophomore, Ludlow Falls, Ohio/Brookville
Ingle was dominant in the middle during the RedHawks’ two five-set matches last week. She finished with 30 kills, an average of 3.00 kills per set. She made only three attack errors in 60 attempts for a hitting percentage of .450. She also finished with 11 blocks (three solo and eight assisted), a total of 1.10 blocks per set. Ingle started the week with 14 kills and five blocks (one solo and four assisted) against Bowling Green on Thursday. She followed that up with 16 kills and six blocks (two solo and four assisted) against Western Michigan on Saturday. Ingle finished with a .517 hitting percentage against the Broncos.
Mary Grace Kelly, Northern Illinois, OH
Freshman, Strongsville, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
Freshman Mary Grace Kelly was solid in the first weekend of MAC play, notching 3.75 kills/set, 4.00 points/set and a .273 hitting percentage in NIU’s first two conference matches of 2013. In Thursday’s 3-2 win at Western Michigan, the Strongsville, Ohio, native posted 3.6 kills/set and a .364 hitting percentage against the Broncos, in addition to 3.9 points/set in the win. Saturday night at Bowling Green, Kelly led NIU with 4.0 kills/set and 3.33 points/set in a 3-0 loss to the Falcons.
Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois, MB
Freshman, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson
Freshman Jenna Radtke continued to be a force in the middle for Northern Illinois, recording 1.50 blocks/set in two matches during the opening weekend of MAC play. Thursday night at Western Michigan, Radtke had one block solo and five block assists for a 1.2 blocks/set average in the 3-2 against the Broncos, along with 2.4 kills/set and a .364 attack percentage. Two nights later against Bowling Green, Radtke compiled 2.0 blocks/set against the Falcons in a 3-0 loss.
Abby Gilleland, Ohio University, Setter
Sophomore, Bull Valley, Ill./Marian Central Catholic
Gilleland put together an impressive all-around week for No. 22 Ohio, averaging 9.9 assists/set while tallying 2.7 points/set and 1.6 kills/set during Ohio’s 2-0 MAC road trip . The Bull Valley, Ill., native also hit .417 in the two matches while notching 1.14 blocks/set and 2.6 digs/set. In the MAC opener at Buffalo on Friday, Gilleland recorded a match-high 36 assists and registered 17 digs to notch her second double-double of the season. Against the No. 1 blocking team in the nation, Gilleland showed her own blocking prowess with six total blocks (including a career-best three solo) while tallying two aces, five kills and hitting at .308. In Saturday’s sweep at Akron, the setter averaged 11 assists/set while tallying six kills and hitting .545. She also added two blocks (one solo) and three digs in the victory.
Alexis Pinson, Ohio University, MB
Graduate Student, Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State/Xavier Prep
Pinson continued to exert her defensive prowess in Ohio’s opening MAC weekend, posting a team-high 1.29 blocks/set to go along with 2.9 points/set, 1.6 kills/set, 0.6 service aces/set and 0.7 digs/set in two road wins for the ‘Cats. In Ohio’s league opener Friday at Buffalo, Pinson notched a team-high seven block assists while adding five kills, three digs and a service ace. She followed up that performance with a strong all-around effort at Akron on Saturday. She registered two blocks (one solo) while posting six kills and hitting at a team-high .556. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also posted three service aces – on three-straight points – and added two digs in the win for No. 22 Ohio. Pinson entered the weekend ranked 44th in the nation in blocks/set.
Ellen Hays, Toledo, Libero
Freshman, Beford, MI/Bedford
Freshman Ellen Hays averaged 6.29 digs per set this weekend in matches at Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. She tallied a team-high 18 digs vs. the Chippewas and was flawless in 31 serve receptions. Hays followed that up with a season-high 26 digs against the Eagles and finished with a .958 serve reception percentage for the weekend
Becca Reidy, Toledo, Right-Side Hitter
Senior, Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard
Senior right-side hitter Becca Reidy posted a team-high .347 attack percentage in addition to tallying 1.0 blocks per set in UT’s weekend matches vs. CMU and EMU. Reidy opened the weekend with seven kills and a .389 ATK% vs. the Chippewas and didn’t commit any attack errors in the contest. She then tallied 13 kills and a .323 hitting mark against the Eagles.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver dug the Broncos to a 1-1 record over the first weekend of MAC play, leading the Broncos in digs against both Northern Illinois and Miami. Oliver tied with two other players for the team-high of 17 digs against the Huskies on Thursday, part of a Bronco effort that out-dug the Huskies 91-80 in the five-setter. Oliver was even better on Saturday against Miami; the senior libero dug a match-high 28 balls and led an effort that out-dug the RedHawks 93-80 and held them to a .193 team hitting percentage. The Broncos have dug 80 or more balls in each of the last three matches, including 90+ digs in each of their first two matches of conference play.