MAC Announces Final Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 11/15/2010
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva.
Lauren Wicinski produced one of her best weekends all year in an important final pair of MAC regular season matches as she led the Huskies to a MAC first round bye with 40 kills (5.00/set) and a .403 attack percentage along with six aces (0.75/set). The freshman outside hitter, who leads the nation's rookies and the MAC in points, kills and aces, delivered 19 kills with a .455 attack percentage and an ace in a three-set win at home over Eastern Michigan. The win clinched a first round bye for the Huskies as she hit above .400 for the sixth time this season and added 16 digs for her 13th double-double. With 21 kills and a .359 hitting percentage against Central Michigan, Wicinski hit over .350 in back-to-back contests for the third time this season. She also added five aces against CMU, marking the fifth team she has served up five or more aces in a match. Wicinski's proficient performances marked her 30th straight game with 10-plus kills and 31st in a row with double figure points.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Ball State senior libero Alyssa Rio helped guide the Cardinals to a pair of Mid-American Conference wins last weekend, by pacing the club with a 7.14 digs-per-set average and posting a perfect 1.000 reception percentage (26 for 26) in wins over Toledo and Akron. Thursday, Rio led the Cardinals to a 3-0 sweep of Toledo and sole possession of the 2010 MAC Regular Season title with a match-best 21 digs versus the Rockets. In the match, she also successfully passed all 14 balls served her way, while handing out a pair of assists. Saturday, Rio collected a match-best 29 digs in the regular season-ending victory over Akron, helping the Cardinals finish the season with a perfect 12-0 record at home. In addition to making some stellar defensive plays, Rio added an ace and a kill, while passing all 12 balls served at her. With her 7.14 digs-per-set average for the week, Rio raised her season average to 5.88. She entered the week ranked fourth in the nation at 5.78, and passed at least EMU libero Haley Stein who ended the weekend with a 5.76 average after starting at 5.81 to rank second in the nation.

East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Paige Penrod broke the school record for kills in a season by a freshman and averaged 5.14 kills per set in two matches this weekend. With 19 kills against Kent State, Penrod moved past Susie Norris to take over the freshman record for kills in a season. She added 17 the next night against Ohio and has 387 for the year, needing just 13 more to reach 400. On top of her offensive efforts, she added 13 digs on the weekend and was perfect in 47 serve receive attempts.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Fr., L, Cleveland, OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda tied her career high with 25 digs in UB's five-set win over Akron on Tuesday night. Svoboda completed the weekend with 18 digs in a three set loss to Toledo. Svoboda averaged 5.38 digs per set and now has 83 digs over her last four matches.


Defensive Player of the Week Nominees
Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron, Jr., MB, Broadview Heights, Ohio (North Royalton)
Junior middle blocker Tina Dimitrjevs continued her dominance at the net posting a .489 attack percentage in nine sets played against Buffalo and Ball State. Leading the Zips in kills and blocks through both matches, Dimitrijevs posted 28 kills on 47 attempts and 12 blocks. Posting only five attack errors, Dimitrijevs averaged 3.83 points per set.

Celia Sabo, Kent State, Sr., MB, Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian
Sabo wrapped up her final regular season in style in front of the M.A.C. Center faithful last weekend, tallying 12 total blocks (12 assisted) to help the Golden Flashes earn two key Mid-American Conference East Division victories over Bowling Green and Miami. Sabo's effort led a suffocating Kent State defense which outblocked the Falcons and RedHawks a combined 22-10 and held them to a combined team attack percentage of .179. Her nine total blocks (nine assisted) paced Kent State's effort against Miami and helped the Flashes earn a 3-1 victory. Sabo ranks second on the squad with 100 total blocks (five solo, 95 assisted).

Michele Metzler, Miami, Sr., MH, Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg
Michele was the team's top blocker with eight on the weekend. That included two solo and six assisted. She had a blocks per set average of 1.14. She had two solo blocks and three assists against Ohio on Friday. She then followed that up with three solo blocks against Kent State on Saturday. She also finished second on team with 15 kills.

Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Sr., L, St. Charles, Ill./North
In her final weekend at home as a Huskie, senior Maddie Hughes anchored the back row with 32 digs (4.00/set) to help NIU earn a first round bye in the MAC Tournament. In a sweep of Eastern Michigan, she totaled 14 digs and was perfect in 14 serve reception attempts. Against Central Michigan, Hughes registered 18 digs and added two aces ... She has tallied 10-plus digs 25 times this season and in each of the last four matches. With Hughes' stellar weekend, she upped her NIU all-time second-best digs total to 2,148, which also ranks fifth in MAC history.

Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville, Ky.
Led the team with 13 kills and had nine digs in the match against Miami. Had 14 kills, eight digs and five blocks in the win over BG. Has recorded double-digit kills in every match this season but one. Has 15 double-doubles this season (digs and kills). Averaging a double-double in MAC play with 16.4 kills and 10.1 digs per match.

Katie Westerfeld, Toledo, Sr., L, Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon
Senior Katie Westerfeld led the Rockets with 5.33 digs per set to help UT earn a first-round home match in the 2010 MAC Tournament. Westerfeld tallied 18 digs in a 3-0 sweep over Buffalo after tallying 14 against Ball State.

Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Fr., L, Battle Creek, Mich. (St. Philip Catholic Central)
In Friday's win, Oliver had 11 digs, holding the Chippewas to a .248 hitting percentage, as the Broncos handled CMU in a 3-0 sweep. On Saturday the freshman libero out-dueled MAC digs leader Haley Stein in WMU's 3-1 win with a game-high 28 digs. Oliver led a defensive effort that held Eastern Michigan to a .132 hitting percentage.


Offensive Player of the Week Nominees
Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron, Jr., MB, Broadview Heights, Ohio (North Royalton)
Junior middle blocker Tina Dimitrjevs continued her dominance at the net posting a .489 attack percentage in nine sets played against Buffalo and Ball State. Leading the Zips in kills and blocks through both matches, Dimitrijevs posted 28 kills on 47 attempts and 12 blocks. Posting only five attack errors, Dimitrijevs averaged 3.83 points per set.

Jennifer Boyd, Ball State, Jr., RS, Evans City, Pa./Seneca Valley
Junior right side hitter Jennifer Boyd turned in a solid all-around weekend, pacing the Cardinals with 21 kills, while hitting .475 (21-2-40) for the weekend. In Thursday's MAC Regular Season Championship clincher versus Toledo, Boyd blasted eight kills on 17 swings with just one error for a .412 hitting mark. She also tallied a dig and a block assist in the contest. In Saturday's regular season finale versus Akron, Boyd blasted 13 kills and hit for a .522 (13-1-23) rate of success, while adding three block assists.


Abby Niekamp, Buffalo, Jr., MB, Celina, OH/Marion Local
Abby Niekamp led the way for the Bulls with 29 kills on the weekend. In 61 total attacks, Niekamp recorded just three errors. Niekamp had 15 kills and four total blocks in UB's five-set win against Akron. She added 14 kills in the three set loss against Toledo. Niekamp leads the Bulls in hitting percentage and is third on the team with 271 kills.

Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, Jr., MB, Highland, Mich. (Milford HS)
Kaitlyn Schultz helped CMU finish the regular season on a strong note, guiding a come-from behind victory against Northern Illinois. The middle blocker finished with 15 kills and hit.294 against the Huskies, along with five blocks. She added nine kills and a block the previous night aganist WMU, to finish with 24 kills and a .327 hittin percentage on the weekend, averaging 3.38 points per set.

Meredith Paskert, Kent State, So., OH, Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Paskert (Brecksville, Ohio) posted a combined 24 kills in two key Mid-American Conference East Division home victories over Bowling Green and Miami -- including a team-high 16 against the RedHawks -- and totaled an attack percentage of .408. Paskert's efforts helped the Flashes combine to hit .339 as a team in two matches as Kent State has posted attack percentage above .300 in three straight matches. She ranks second on squad for the season with 331 kills (2.88 per set).

Cassie Farrell, Miami, Jr., MH, Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson
Cassie led team with a .385 hitting percentage on the week. She had 14 kills an average of 2.00 per set. She also scored with five blocks (one solo four assisted). Had eight kills and four blocks vs. Ohio. Followed up with six kills and a block against Kent State.


Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., OH, Streamwood, Ill.
Post had 16 kills, hit .444 and led the team with 11 blocks. This tied a career-high and gave her a first double-double of the season. Had 12 kills (.526 hitting percentage) in the win over Miami. Ran her double-digit kills streak to five matches. Only MAC player ranked among top 10 in aces, hitting percentage and blocks over the last four years.


Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, Jr., OH, Plainfield, IL/Plainfield
Junior OH Amber DeWeerdt led the Rockets with a .282 attack percentage to go along with 2.5 kills per set last weekend. Her best match came in a 3-0 sweep over Buffalo with 12 kills and a .375 ATK%.

Jessica Brown, Western Michigan, So., MB, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Brown led the Broncos in kills with 11 as they swept state rivals Central Michigan on Friday, hitting .450. On Saturday she tallied a career-high 22 kills in WMU's four-set win over Eastern Michigan, and hitting a game-high .439. Both wins helped the Broncos extend their home-match winning streak to 20 straight.