West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, Jr., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich. (Lawton HS)
Turnage led the team with 15 kills, hitting .364, in WMU's thrilling 3-2 win over Northern Illinois, including the game-winning kill in the final set to hand the Broncos the match 17-15. In Saturday's 3-1 win over Miami she was second on the team in kills with 14, hitting .370. She also led the team in blocks with 1 solo and four block assists.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Sr., L, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) simply had an amazing weekend in the back row, totaling 48 digs in eight sets (6.00/set) and mishandling only one serve in 26 attempts ... In a heartbreaking five-set loss at Western Michigan, the senior tallied a career-high-tying 34 digs and had 13 perfect serve receptions, marking the third time this season that she has had 30 or more digs ... The libero then ended the weekend with 14 digs and one reception error in 13 tries in a 3-0 home win over Bowling Green ... The back-to-back double digit dig efforts marked the 22nd and 23rd times she has done so this season.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., MB/OH, Streamwood, Ill.
Post registered a career-high 21 kills and hit .500 in the loss to Buffalo. Led the team in kills, points and blocks (six) ... Second on the team with 12 kills and 18.5 points in a win at Akron. Led the team with two aces and eight blocks. Post has put together three-straight games with double-digit kills.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Fr., L, Cleveland, OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda notched 40 digs over the weekend, including a career-high 25 digs in the five-set win over Ohio. Svoboday followed that up with 15 digs on Saturday night against Saturday. She averaged 4.44 digs per set and currently leads the team with 393 digs.
Defensive Player of the Week Nominees
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So., L, Stow, Ohio/Stow
Sophomore Chelsea Harvey had her work cut out for her this weekend when Akron faced Kent State and Ohio, the top two blocking teams in the league. Consistently manning the backcourt, Harvey got the job done and finished with 39 digs on 54 attempts committing only two errors. Leading the Zips in both matches, Harvey averaged 4.33 D/S.
Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Ball State senior libero Alyssa Rio became just the second player in program history to eclipse the 2,000 dig mark with her third dig in Saturday's victory at Central Michigan. Rio went on to finish with a match-best 26 digs, moving her career total to 2,023. In Friday's win at Eastern Michigan, Rio tallied 27 digs to help BSU rally from down 2-1 in a battle of the top two teams in the MAC West Division. After collecting 20-or-more digs in both matches last weekend, Rio is now first in program history with 20-or-more digs in 47 career matches. In addition, Rio ranks second in program history with double-digit digs in 94 matches, trailing Stephanie Keller's (2001-04) total of 101.
Lisa Johnson, Central Michigan, Sr., L, Alto, Mich./Lowell
Lisa Johnson averaged 5.0 digs per set last weekend against Toledo and Ball State, bringing up 18 in a three set match against the Rockets and 12 against the Cardinals. The senior libero helped CMU's defense hold opponents to a .194 hitting percentage over the seven sets last week.
Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, Jr., L, Carleton, Mich. / Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central
Junior Haley Stein, who currently ranks third nationally in digs per set, continued her torrid pace with 48 more digs on the weekend. Against Ball State, the junior notched 29 and then followed it up with 19 against Toledo. She also added three service aces verses the Cardinals.
Celia Sabo, Kent State, Sr., MB, Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian
Sabo led the Golden Flashes with 10 total blocks last weekend -- five in each match at Akron and Buffalo -- and helped Kent State put a halt to a seven-match losing skid as the Flashes bested the Bulls, 3-1. Sabo's play on the defensive end helped the Flashes limit the Zips and Bulls to a combined .194 hitting percentage.
Lisa Treadway, Miami, So., DS/L, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Lisa was the team's leader in digs this week at 28. That was despite not serving as the team's libero and spending half of her time in the front court. She continued to improve her blocking skills, assist on two blocks this weekend. She also provided nine kills in the two matches. She recorded a season-high 24 digs in match against Western Michigan, which was only one off her career-high.
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville, Ky.
Led the team this weekend with 38 kills ... Her 22 kills was a personal best this season in MAC play for the senior ... Led the team in digs on both nights and earned back-to-back double-doubles ... She now has three-straight matches with double-doubles, 15 on the season ... Third on the team this weekend with six blocks.
Allison Doyle, Western Michigan, Sr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich. (St. Philip Catholic Central)
Doyle was second on the team in digs with 19 in WMU's 3-2 win over Nothern Illinois. She was also one of five Broncos with double-digit kills to earn her eighth double-double of the season. She helped limit NIU to .264 attack percentage on the day. Doyle had 20 digs in Saturday's 3-1 win over Miami to go along with 10 kills and six assists for her ninth double-double of the season. Doyle also had three block-assists in the Miami win to help the Broncos win their 18th straight home match and remain undefeated against the MAC east.
Offensive Player of the Week Nominees
Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron, Jr., MB, Broadview Heights, Ohio (North Royalton)
Junior Tina Dimitrijevs led the Zips in both matches over the weekend posting 30 kills (3.33 K/S) and 11 blocks (1.22 B/S). After leading the Zips with 13 kills in Akron's five set win over Ohio, Dimitrijevs continued her dominance at the net posting 17 on Saturday against Ohio. Attempting 64 kills, Dimitrijevs finished the weekend with a .266 attack percentage.
Kylee Baker, Ball State, Fr., OH, Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North
Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker played a pivotal role in guiding the Ball State women's volleyball team to its first MAC Regular Season Title since the 2002 season by blasting a team-best 30 kills and hitting .305 in BSU's wins last weekend. For the week, Baker averaged 3.33 kps, 2.22 dps and 3.56 pps. In Friday's battle of the top two teams in the MAC West, Baker paced the Cardinals with 16 kills and hit for a .271 (16-3-48) rate of success. She also collected 12 digs in the contest for her sixth double-double of the season, while adding a solo stuff. In Saturday's win at Central Michigan, which clinched at least a share of the MAC regular season title for the Cardinals, Baker blasted 14 kills and hit for a .353 (14-2-34) mark. She handed out three assists and added an ace, while also collecting eight digs.
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Paige Penrod had 24 kills and averaged 5.08 points per set in two matches this weekend. She had 14 kills against Miami and added 10 more against Northern Illinois, hitting .224 in the two matches. Penrod also had all three service aces the Falcons recorded in the matches and added 14 digs and five blocks. On top of that, Penrod had a .966 serve receive percentage with 28-of-29 successful serve receives.
Carissa McKenna. Buffalo, Fr., MB, West Bloomfield, MI/Walled Eye Northern
McKenna hit .522 on the weekend as she set a new career-high with eight kills against Kent State. Earlier in the week she tied her previous career best with six kills in a five set win over Ohio. McKenna also had five blocks on the weekend, including two solos.
Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, Jr., MB, Highland, Mich./Milford
Kaitlyn Schultz continued her outstanding second half with another fine weekend. The junior hit .415 in two matches, averaging 4.29 kills and 4.64 points per set against Toledo and Ball State. She added five blocks on the week. The middle blocker had 14 kills and three blocks against the Rockets and tallied 16 kills and two blocks against the Cardinals.
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, So., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello paced Eagles with 35 points 32 kill and 25 digs, as the Eagles split the weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Toledo and a 3-2 setback to West Division leader Ball State University. Versus the Cardinals, Iaquaniello notched her 10th double-double of the season with a team-best 18 kills and 18 digs to go along with a .323 attack percentage in the five-set thriller. The very next night, she added 14 kills and seven digs as EMU completed the season sweep of Toledo. For the week, Iaquaniello averaged 4.0 kills, 3.12 digs, 0.25 blocks and 4.38 points per set while hitting .204.
Maigan Larsen, Kent State, Jr., OH, Lancaster, Wis./Lancaster
Larsen led the Flashes with 12 kills to help the squad end its seven-match losing skid with a 3-1 victory at Buffalo last Saturday (Nov. 6). She achieved her sixth double-double of the season with 13 digs against the Bulls.
Cassie Farrell, Miami, Jr., MH, Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson
Provided a lot of the Miami offense this week via the block. She led the team with 11 blocks (five solo and six assisted) an average of 1.57 blocks per set. Also finished fourth on the team with 16 kills this weekend. Recorded eight kills and seven blocks (two solo and five assisted) in win against Bowling Green Thursday. Had four more blocks against Western Michigan on Saturday, including a career-high three solos. Also provided eight kills against the Broncos.
Mary Kurisch, Northern Illinois, So., MB, La Crosse, Wis./West Salem
Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem) was most efficient for the Huskies in a split weekend, totaling 24 kills (3.00/set) and a .512 attack percentage as she had just three misfires on 41 attempts ... The middle blocker also added four blocks to total 26 points (3.25/set) ... In a tough five-set loss at Western Michigan, the sophomore had 15 kills and hit .487 ... Kurisch then attacked even better in a 3-0 home win over Bowling Green, hitting .571 with nine kills ... Her 15-kill effort was the sixth time this season that she has surpassed the 10-kill mark ... She also now has 10 matches with a .400 attack percentage or better.