MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Abby Gilleland, Ohio University, Setter
Sophomore, Bull Valley, Ill./Marian Central Catholic
Gilleland notched 10.3 assists/set and hit .476 on the weekend while leading Ohio to its second-straight regular season MAC title. The Bull Valley, Ill., native also recorded 2.1 points/set, 1.8 kills/set and 1.3 digs/set in a 2-0 homestand for the Green & White. On Thursday vs. Kent State, Gilleland notched a match-high 34 assists while tallying six kills on nine attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. She also chipped in six digs and two block assists on the night. Against Central Michigan on Saturday, Gilleland set up the Ohio offense with a game-high 28 assists and knocked down five kills while hitting .333. She also registered two digs and a block assist against the Chippewas.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Carissa McKenna, Buffalo, Middle Blocker
Senior, West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Lake Northern
Senior Carissa McKenna left one of her best defensive matches for the final Mid-American Conference weekend of her career. In a five-set win over Bowling Green, McKenna recorded a career-high 11 blocks, pacing UB’s 20.0-block night in a win over the defending MAC Champions. McKenna had five solo blocks in the match, the most by a UB player in one match since 2005. One night earlier, McKenna helped lead the Bulls to a 3-0 shut out over Miami as she had five kills in eight attempts. For the year, McKenna leads the Bulls in blocking and she is now eighth in school history in career blocks.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Jacqui Seidel, Ball State, Setter
Sr., St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East
Senior setter Jacqui Seidel helped the Cardinals secure a share of the MAC West Division title and the No. 3 seed in MAC Tournament by guiding the offense to a combined .281 (123-43-285) attack percentage in wins at Northern Illinois and Western Michigan last week. Over the two matches, Ball State averaged 17.57 kills per set, with Seidel averaging 15.43 assists per set... In the Cardinals’ sweep at Northern Illinois, Seidel dished out 45 assists and helped three BSU players reach double-figure kill totals … Ball State connected for a .307 (52-17-114) rate of success against the Huskies, and recorded 19 more kills than their hosts on the night... In Saturday’s win at Western Michigan, Seidel dished out 63 assists which is the most for a Ball State setter in the rally scoring era and one shy of her career high set versus Toledo two weeks ago. She helped five Cardinals reach double-digit kills for the first time since the 2009 season. In addition, the Cardinals blasted 25 total kills in the second set alone, while finishing the match with 71 kills which is 21 more than WMU posted. As a team, Ball State hit .263 (71-26-171) versus the Broncos.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul
Sophomore libero, Corynne Smith, posted a team-high 47 digs against EMU’s opponents this weekend. The Norwalk, Ohio native notched 18 and 29 digs, respectively, for an average of 6.71 per frame. That number eclipses the league’s leader in digs per set in overall matches by nearly an entire dig, while it raised her league lead in digs per set to 6.10. Smith also had just one reception error in 28 attempts, good for a .964 percentage... Smith notched 18 digs in the Eagles’ opening 3-0 win against Central Michigan, before she picked up 29 in a 3-1 win over Kent State which earned the Green and White a nod into the 2013 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Tournament. In addition to her defensive efforts, the libero notched six assists and a pair of service aces to help the offensive attack of the Eagles.
Catie Fredrich, Ball State, Libero
Sr., Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls
Ball State senior libero Catie Fredrich anchored a Ball State defensive effort which limited Ball State’s opponents to a .183 attack percentage last week. She posted a team-best 32 digs for a 4.57 digs-per-set average, including a 20-dig effort in the win at Western Michigan. She also posted a perfect reception percentage, successfully passing all 35 serves she faced.
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green, Middle
Senior, Cambridge, Ontario/St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
Senior Kaitlyn Skinner, who ranks among the top 20 in the country in blocks, averaged 1.33 blocks per set as the Falcons earned the No. 4 seed for the MAC Tournament with a weekend split. Skinner added five digs in each match and was perfect in nine serve receive attempts on the weekend. She had five blocks (one solo) and added seven kills on a .462 attack percentage in a four-set win over Akron. In a five-setter against Buffalo, Skinner posted seven blocks, five digs and eight serve receive attempts without an error.
Danielle Tonyan, Bowling Green, Right Side
Senior, McHenry, Ill./McHenry
Danielle Tonyan averaged 3.67 kills per set as Bowling Green earned the No. 4 seed for the MAC Tournament by splitting two matches over the final weekend of conference play. Tonyan had 20 kills and hit .366 in the Falcons’ four-set win over Akron as the team came back after dropping the opening stanza. She added 13 kills in a five-set loss to Buffalo the next night. Tonyan also had eight blocks on the weekend and hit .256.
Tahleia Bishop, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair
Sophomore Tahleia Bishop became the first UB player since 2006 to record at least 400 kills in a season as she had a match-high 22 kills in a five-set win over Bowling Green. Not only is Bishop the first player since 2006 with 400 kills, but she is the first in school history under the current 25-point set structure. Bishop hit .365 against the Falcons and added three total blocks. In the win over Miami, Bishop added 13 kills and two blocks.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam
Central Michigan junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre closed a stellar 2013 campaign with a pair of double-digit kill efforts versus Eastern Michigan and Ohio. McIntyre posted 23 kills in six sets (3.83/set), including a match-high versus the Bobcats on Saturday night. The junior finished the season with 389 kills (3.93/set), posting the ninth most kills in CMU single-season history.
Jill Briner, Eastern Michigan, Setter/Outside Hitter
Junior, Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)
Easter’s junior setter Jill Briner was the offensive catalyst for EMU in its run to another Mid-American Conference Tournament appearance. As the primary passer for the Eagles, Briner notched 8.14 assists per frame, but it was her play at the net and the service line that proved to be the difference for EMU. The Oak Park, Ill. native notched 15 kills in a pair of matches, hitting at a .500 clip after going 15-for-30 without an error. Briner also served up three aces, good for 0.43 per set, which is over 0.10 better than the league’s best. Briner was also solid defensively, notching six block assists and a solo block, while averaging 2.86 digs per frame on the weekend...The setter’s best match came against Kent State, Nov. 16, in a match the Green and White needed to earn a spot in this season’s MAC Volleyball Tournament. Briner posted 10 kills on 19 attempts, good for a .526 hitting percentage, while also notching 34 assists and a trio of service aces. The junior was no slouch in the Eagles’ win over Central, Nov. 14. She went 5-for-11 at the net, good for a .455 attack percentage, while posting 23 assists in the three set victory.
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, MB
Senior, Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan HS
Senior Sarah Angelos turned in a solid defensive weekend for the Huskies against Ball State and Toledo. The native of Waukegan, Ill., turned in a solo block (0.33 blocks/set) and one dig (0.33 digs/set) in a 3-0 loss to BSU. However, Angelos was a force on Senior Night against UT. Playing in the final match of her career at Victor E. Court, the senior middle blocker compiled five blocks (1.67 blocks/set), including three solo stuffs, to help handcuff the Rocket offense and give NIU a big 3-0 sweep of the MAC West champions. In total, Angelos finished the weekend with 1.0 blocks/set, in addition to 4.0 points/set.
Mackenzie Roddy, Northern Illinois, OH
Junior, San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon HS
Junior outside hitter Mackenzie Roddy ended her regular season on a high note against MAC West rivals Ball State and Toledo. Friday against the Cardinals, the San Bernardino, Calif., native tied for the team lead with 10 kills (3.33 kills/set), in addition to two blocks in a 3-0 loss to BSU. The next night, Roddy scored a team-high 12 kills (4.0 kills/set) against the Rockets in a 3-0 sweep of the division champs. In addition, her first spike of the second set gave the junior 1,000 kills in her career, making her only the 21st player in 34 seasons of Huskie volleyball to accomplish that feat. Roddy finished the weekend with 3.67 kills/set and 4.0 points/set across the two matches.
Meredith Ashy, Ohio University, L
Sophomore, Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy
Ashy averaged a solid 5.0 digs/set and chipped in 1.2 assists/set while leading Ohio to its second-straight regular season MAC title this weekend. She also put together a perfect reception percentage on 21 attempts. On Thursday vs. Kent State, Ashy tallied a match-high 14 digs (4.7/set) and added five assists and a service ace during Ohio’s 3-0 win over the Golden Flashes. She followed up that performance with a match-high 16 digs (5.3/set) and added two assists in the Bobcats’ 3-0 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. With her final dig against the Chippewas, the sophomore libero became just the seventh player in Ohio’s rally scoring era to record 1,000 digs in a career.
Becca Reidy, Toledo, Right-Side Hitter
Senior, Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard
Senior right-side hitter Becca Reidy posted a .357 attack percentage in addition to tallying 0.5 blocks per set in UT’s weekend matches at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. Reidy opened the weekend with a nearly perfect offensive performances tallying a .500 ATK% vs. the Broncos and didn’t commit any attack errors in the contest. Her play helped the Rockets rally from down 2-0 as well as a 14-7 deficit in Set 5.
Gillian Asque, Western Michigan, Middle Blocker
Senior, Chicago, Ill. / Whitney Young
Asque was the offensive leader for the Broncos in the final two home matches of her college career, hitting for a high percentage and totaling a team-best kills mark against Toledo and Ball State. Asque posted a team-high 15 kills against the Rockets on Friday, doing so on 32 swings with just two errors for a team-best .406 hitting percentage. Asque was also the kills leader for the Broncos against the Cardinals on Saturday, posting 13 kills on 30 swings with just one error for a .400 hitting percentage. The senior also added to her points total with nine total blocks on the weekend, four against Toledo and five against Ball State. Since converting to middle blocker and earning the starting spot against Northern Illinois on Oct. 31, a span of six matches, Asque is hitting .331 and ranks first on the Broncos with a 78.5 total points.
Ave Stout, Western Michigan, Middle Blocker
Redshirt Freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers
Stout was a defensive force for the Broncos last weekend, averaging a team-best 1.22 blocks per set in the Broncos’ matches against Toledo and Ball State. Stout started the weekend by posting five block assists in the Broncos’ five-set loss to Toledo, a number that fell just one short of the season- and career-high she set earlier this year. Stout went on to recorded six total blocks in the Broncos’ four-set loss to Ball State on Saturday; the three solo blocks was just one block shy of her season- and career-high, and her total of 6.0 blocks was one shy of her personal best. Stout finished the regular season by leading the Broncos with an average of 0.95 blocks/set.