West Division Player of the Week
Jaime Gotham, Western Michigan, So. MB, Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East
Gotham was named MVP of the Golden Dome Invitational after leading Western Michigan to its third consecutive tournament championship this season and its best non-conference start since 1996. Gotham hit a robust .375 in the weekend with 32 kills and only three errors in the three matches. She was also strong at the net with 13 blocks, including two solo efforts. She warmed up as the weekend progressed, starting with nine kills and five blocks against UC Irvine. She then had 11 kills and no errors for a .524 attack percentage in the win over defending Big South champion Liberty and finished the weekend with 12 kills and six blocks in the Broncos’ comeback form a 0-2 down to defeat Notre Dame.
East Division Player of the Week
Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, So., MB, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Bignell was named to her fourth straight all-tournament team as she helped the Bulls to a second place finish at the Hotel Indigo Classic. She had just eight errors in her 65 total attacks on the week. She finished with a .400 attack percentage, 15 blocks and 45.0 points.
Kara Smith, Akron, Jr., Setter, Secor, Ill./El Paso-Gridley
Smith was named the tournament MVP, the first honor of its kind this season, after posting an astounding 108 (10.80 A/S) assists over three matches. A versatile player, Smith also added 21 digs, six kills and three blocks.
Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, Fr., Libero/DS, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli
Schembra was named to the 2008 TIS Bookstore IU Invitational All-Tournament team after helping guide the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over George Mason. She paced all players with 14 digs in the contests, while adding the set-two winning kill. In BSU’s three matches in the tournament, she tallied 34 total digs for a team best 3.78 digs-per set average. She also added her first career kill in the BSU’s loss to Cincinnati in which she collected 11 digs.
Chelsey Meek, Bowling Green, Sr., Libero, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Meek earned her third straight All-Tournament selection as the Falcons went 1-2 this weekend at the Best Western Invitational. Meek led the Falcon defense with 66 digs averaging 6.60 digs per set on the weekend. On the weekend she also recorded four assists, three kills and two aces. Meek has led the Falcon defense the entire season thus far posting double-digit dig performances in all of 15 of the Falcons' matches, including seven matches with 20-plus digs with a season high 28 twice this season. Meek broke the BG record for career digs last season has continued to add to her career total. She currently has 1,902 only 88 digs shy of becoming the first Falcon to record 2,000 digs.
Whitney Evers, Central Michigan, Sr., OP, Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute
Evers registered her 1,000 career kill in the second set against Michigan State. She finished with 11 kills against the Spartans in CMU's only match of the week. She added one ace and a team-high 15.5 points.
Victoria Randolph, Eastern Michigan, Jr., OH, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Randolph posted 3.14 kills, 2.50 digs, 3.54 points and 0.50 blocks per set. In a home match versus IPFW, Sept. 16, the Cincinnati, Ohio native recorded 11 kills, nine digs and a .265 hitting percentage. At the Pitt Invitational Randolph notched 15 kills against Pittsburgh (Sept. 19), 10 put-a-ways versus VCU (Sept. 19) and eight kills against Gonzaga (Sept. 20). She also tallied 13 digs versus the tournament host Panthers.
Lauren Jones, Kent State, So., OH, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Jones registered a team-high 32 kills (3.56 per set) while hitting .241 with three service aces (0.33 per set), 15 digs (1.67 per set) and 38.0 points (4.22 points per set) in leading the Golden Flashes to victories over Duquesne and Chicago State at the 2008 Kent State/Mizuno Open. Jones hit .450 with 10 kills and a pair of service aces and 13.5 points in the Flashes 3-0 win over Chicago State (9/20). On the season, Jones leads Kent State (10-3 overall, 0-0 MAC) in service aces (19), and aces per set (.40) and ranks second in digs (95) and digs per set (2.02) this season.
Emily Schroeder, Miami, Sr., OH, Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard
Schroeder was the bright spot for Miami this weekend. She led the team in kills at the Dayton Flyer Classic, despite not playing in the final game. She was also second on team with 19 digs. She was the only RedHawk named to the All-Tournament team.
Allison McGlaughlin, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Morton, Ill./Morton
McGlaughlin totaled a season-best 18 kills in NIU's loss to UW-Milwaukee, extending her streak of double-figure kills to four matches. She also had three aces in a match, marking the fourth time this year that she has had three or more aces in a match, and nearly racked up a double-double with eight digs.
Meghan Simons, Ohio, Jr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster
Simons averaged 3.00 kills per set this weekend ? more than a full kill preset higher than her average heading into the two matches ? to lead Ohio to a sweep of No. 14 Middle Tennessee State and a five-match thriller with Tulane. She also finished the weekend with an average of 1.12 blocks per set to spearhead a Bobcat defensive effort that piled up 4.25 blocks per frame on the weekend. Simons led all players with 11 kills on .529 hitting in the sweep of the 14th ranked Blue Raiders, while also posting three total blocks and a dig. She followed that performance with a career high-tying 12 kills and six blocks in the game against Tulane.
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, Fr., OH, Plainfield, Ill./North
DeWeerdt earned all-tournament team honors for the third time in four weeks after posting 4.62 kills and 3.62 digs per set at USF's Best Western Invitational. Tied her career high twice with 21 kills vs. Harvard and South Florida and also tied her career high in digs twice with 17 vs. Harvard and Georgia Southern. Also tallied 20 kills vs. Georgia Southern and has notched a double-double in five straight matches.