MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 8/30/2010
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy

Had a career-high 29 kills in the Bobcats' win over North Dakota State. Posted consecutive double-doubles with 29 kills and 12 digs in the win over NDSU and 23 kills with 10 digs in the match against Louisville.Was named to the Sheraton Riverside Classic All-Tournament Team. Helped Ohio start 2-1 against three teams that either won or shared their conference crown in 2009. Second on the team in digs with 27. Led the ‘Cats by scoring 68.5 points in the three matches and averaged 5.27 of Ohio's 16.15 points per set.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So., L, Stow, Ohio/Stow

Sophomore Chelsea Harvey led UA on the defensive side of the ball at the West Virginia Classic. Nabbing 56 digs (6.22 D/S) with only one reception error, Harvey returned home with a .985 reception percentage. Registering 25 to open the season in Akron's 3-0 win against Youngstown State Harvey continued her defensive excellence against Howard defending 14 balls in UA's sweep. Despite a team loss against tournament host WVU, Harvey posted 17 digs in the backcourt. Harvey also added eight assists on the weekend.

West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva

In her first weekend of collegiate competition, freshman Lauren Wicinski led the team with 86.5 points (5.77/set), 63 kills (4.20/set), and a whopping 18 aces (1.20/set) as she helped the Huskies go 4-0 to win the NIU Invitational, earning an all-tournament selection. She also hit .274, with four assists, eight blocks, 34 digs (2.27/set), had only two errors in 55 reception attempts, and notched two double-doubles. In a sweep of Chicago State, she hit .500 with nine kills, six aces, and three blocks for 17.5 points. In a four-set win over Oakland, she had 17 kills, 14 digs, two aces, and one block for 19.5 points. In a sweep of South Dakota, she totaled 15 kills with a .345 attack percentage, five aces, and two blocks for 21.5 points. In a five-set win over 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier College of Charleston, she tallied 22 kills, 15 digs, five aces, and two blocks for 28 points.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Katie Westerfeld, Toledo, Sr., L, Cincinnati, OH/Roger Bacon

Senior libero Katie Westerfeld played a key role in Toledo's win over No. 12 Michigan to help UT win the Rocket Classic for a second-straight year. Westerfeld was honored for her play by being the only libero named to the all-tournament team as she helped UT limit its opponents to a .118 attack percentage. Westerfeld averaged 5.42 digs in the tourney and registered 30 digs in Toledo's upset win over the Wolverines. She came up with several digs in key moments to help the Rockets rally from a 13-7 deficit in the fourth set and a 15-14 disadvantage in the fifth set. Prior to the UM match, Westerfeld tallied 19 digs in a 3-1 win over vs. Loyola (MD) and 16 digs in a 3-0 triumph over Binghamton.


Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Courtney Jarvis, Akron, Jr., OH, Amherst, Ohio (Amherst Steele)
Junior Courtney Jarvis had an outstanding opening weekend for the Zips registering 38 kills (4.22 K/S) and a double-double to open the series. Stellar on both sides of the ball, 5'9" Jarvis also posted 37 digs in the backcourt and added four service aces. To open the season, Jarvis posted 13 digs and 11 kills in Akron's 3-0 victory over Horizon League opponent Youngstown State. Continuing to dominate, Jarvis went on to post a team-high 19 kills, along with a .459 hitting percentage, and eight digs in UA's sweep over Howard and although Akron lost to tournament host West Virginia, Jarvis still maintained her momentum registering 16 digs and eight kills.

Kelsey Brandl, Ball State, Jr., MB, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North
Ball State junior middle blocker Kelsey Brandl helped guide the Cardinals to a perfect 3-0 start to the season by collecting a 33 kills and a team-best .407 (33-9-59) attack percentage in the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic. The MAC's sixth-leading blocker last season, Brandl also collected 10 total blocks during the tournament to lead the BSU block. In Friday's season-opener versus The Citadel, Brandl smashed 13 kills, posted a .500 (13-2-22) attack percentage, logged five digs and tallied three blocks. In Saturday's morning victory over Indiana State, Brandl added eight kills, three digs a block and a service ace to her stat line. In the tournament championship match versus SIU-Edwardsville, Brandl dominated play both on offense and defense, racking up a match-highs of 12 kills and six blocks, while hitting .407 (12-3-21) she also added two digs and an ace in the victory.

Noelle Spitler, Bowling Green, Sr., MB, Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy
Noelle Spitler was named to the Michigan State Showcase All-Tournament Team after posting 29 kills and a .417 attack percentage in three matches. She tied her career high with 12 kills in a loss to Evansville and then followed that up by setting a new personal best with 13 kills and a .524 attack percentage (13-2-21) in a win over IUPUI. Spitler added two aces, two digs, and a block in the win.

Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, Sr., MB, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Kristin Bignell led the way for the Bulls with 27 kills on a weekend where UB went 2-1. The Bulls, playing with six newcomers, relied on one of their seniors to lead the way. Bignell had 11 kills and just one error against West Virginia and added seven kills and no errors in UB's win over Howard.

Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Sr., OH, Livonia Mich./Livonia Churchill
Lauren Krupsky averaged 2.9 kills per set and tacked on two aces in 10 frames (0.2) for the Central Michigan volleyball team on opening weekend. The outside hitter piled up eight kills against UNI, 10 against Purdue and 11 against Western Kentucky. She was dominant against the Boilermakers, finishing with 10 kills on 28 swings and hit .321. She earned all-tournament honors at the Purdue Mortar Board Premier for her efforts.

Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, So., OH, Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello (Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child) picked up right where she finished the 2009 campaign, powering home a team-best 54 kills and 68.0 points on the weekend. For her effort, the Plymouth, Mich. Native as selected the tournament's MVP. On the weekend, Iaquaniello posted double-digit kills in every match, including a season-high 15 put-a-ways versus SHSU.

Maigan Larsen, Kent State, Jr., OH, Lancaster, Wis./Lancaster
Named to Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team. Recorded 34 kills and had a . 250 attack percentage.

Cassie Farrell, Miami, Jr., MH, Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson
Cassie was the leading hitter for the RedHawks during their opening tournament with an average of 2.50 kills per set. She recorded a new career high with 16 kills against Memphis on Aug. 28. She also contributed to the blocking game, delivering eight blocks, including two solo. Cassie was the leading hitter during the weekend with a .353 hitting percentage, making only seven errors during the tournament.

Kassie Kadera, Toledo, Jr., S, Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley
Junior S Kassie Kadera earned Tournament MVP honors at the Rocket Classic and helped to Toledo to a 3-2 upset win over No. 12 Michigan in the championship match. She averaged 9.50 assists per set to go along with 2.58 dps in the two-day event. Kadera opened the tournament with a 38 assists and 12 digs vs. Loyola (MD) followed by 31 assists and nine digs vs. Binghamton. Against the Wolverines, she tallied 45 assists and 10 digs.

Sam Viox Western Michigan, Jr., S. Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy
Junior setter Sam Viox took over as the starting setter for Western Michigan for the first time since Sept. 4-5, 2009, and led Western Michigan to wins against the Pac-10 and Big East. Viox dished 11.64 assists per set to propel WMU to over 13 kills per set and .239 attacking, despite playing with two freshmen outside hitters in their first career matches. Viox spread the ball all over the court with five different attackers notching 21 or more kills over the course of the weekend. Viox started the weekend with 50 assists, six digs, three blocks and one kill in the Broncos' first-ever win against the Pac-10 over Arizona State in Dayton. The Broncos moved to Columbus, Ohio, for the Sports Imports Classic and Viox was named to the all-tournament team. She had 34 assists, seven digs, three kills, one ace and one block against AVCA Coaches No. 28 Ohio State. Viox finished the weekend with 44 assists, five digs, two blocks and one kill as WMU hit .349 in a three-set sweep of 2009 Big East runner-up Pittsburgh.


Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis H.S.
Ball State senior libero Alyssa Rio helped guide the Cardinals to a perfect 3-0 start to the season by collecting a team-best 34 digs for a 3.78 digs-per-set average in the 2010 SIUE Cougar Classic. Rio opened the season with nine digs and a perfect reception percentage (18-for-18) in last Friday's win over The Citadel. She followed with a match-high 13 digs and a .900 (18-for-20) reception percentage in Saturday's morning victory over Indiana State. She concluded the tournament with 12 digs and a .938 (15-for-16) reception percentage in Saturday's tournament championship match versus SIU-Edwardsville.

Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Paige Penrod led Bowling Green with 21 digs in three matches at the MSU Showcase, hosted by Michigan State. She also had a .965 serve receive percentage, the best on the team among those who had at least 15 serve receives on the weekend, and posted three blocks, second-most on the team. In the team's win over IUPUI, Penrod had eight digs and a block to go with her nine kills.

Ashley Mason, Eastern Michigan, Jr., S, Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic
Junior setter Ashley Mason (Eastlake, Ohio-Lake Catholic) collected All-Tournament accolades, finishing with 168 set assists, 35 digs, nine total blocks, eight kills and six service aces in the 13 sets played. Mason's best match came in the season-opener against Prairie View, Aug. 28, posting 36 assists, nine digs, four blocks and three kills in a match that lasted just an hour.

Kristen Barr, Kent State, Sr., DS/L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green HS
Team captain guided Kent State to a 3-1 mark in the Spartan Classic in Norfolk, Va. recording 43 digs throughout the weekend.

Lisa Treadway, Miami, So., DS/L, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Lisa started two games as a defensive specialist this weekend and then earned the libero shirt for the game against Memphis. She recorded the most digs by a RedHawk with 30 during the tournament. That was an average of 3.00 per set. Her top game was 15 digs against Memphis. She had only five reception errors the entire tournament. She also contributed offensively despite her defensive position with two kills and four service aces.

Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Sr., L, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes anchored the NIU defense over the weekend as the Huskies went 4-0 en route to a first place finish at the NIU Invitational ... In four matches and 14 sets, Hughes tallied a team-best 66 digs (4.71/set), had just one error in 54 reception attempts, and was a large factor in NIU holding opponents to a .167 hitting percentage ... In a sweep of Chicago State, she had five digs on six perfect serve receptions ... In a sweep of Oakland, she had 24 digs and no errors in 20 receptions ... In a 3-1 win over South Dakota, she totaled 13 digs and 11 flawless receptions ... In a 3-2 victory over 2009 NCAA Tournament qualifier College of Charleston to claim the tournament crown, she had 24 digs and just one error in 17 reception attempts.

Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., OH/MB, Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood
Post was second on the team in total blocks but led the team in block solos ... Helped limit Ohio opponents to a .161 hitting percentage ... Third on the team in kills and second in points scored ... Also recorded three service aces.

Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Fr., L, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Freshman libero Lena Oliver led Western Michigan with 53 digs and 4.82 digs per set in her first weekend of collegiate volleyball. Oliver started the weekend with a match-high 24 digs vs. Arizona State to lead Western Michigan to its first-ever victory over a Pac-10 opponent. As tournament action moved from Dayton to Columbus, Oliver continued to make her mark as she led all players with 18 digs at AVCA Coaches Preseason No. 28 Ohio State. Oliver finished the weekend with 11 digs as Pittsburgh (second place in the Big East in 2009) hit only .194 and committed 17 errors trying to hit away from Oliver.