MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 11/2/2009

West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Victoria Randolph, Eastern Michigan, Sr., OH, Cincinnati, Ohio / Mount Notre Dame
Randolph led the Eagles to their first road victory of the 2009 season as the Eagles upended Central Michigan, Oct. 29, at the Rose Center. In seven sets this weekend, she tallied a team-best 28 kills in 73 swings for a .342 hitting percentage. She also racked up 21 digs. Against both CMU and Ohio, Randolph paced the Eagles with 14 put-a-ways in both matches to lead the Green and White’s offensive attack.

Co-East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Sr., Setter, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central

Andrea had a great week as she averaged an impressive 10.62 assists per set. Against Buffalo, she had her second career triple-double (both this season) when she put down 10 kills, 55 assists and 12 digs. She won several battles with the blocker at the front of the net and helped Miami win the match in five sets by putting the ball down for the free kill. She was also strong with 33 assists and three kills in straight set win over Akron the night before. She made smart decisions on when to attack, as she hit .476 for the week.

Ellen Herman, Ohio, Sr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Herman hit a superb .340 for the week with 39 kills (5.57 per set) with two assists and two aces. She combined that with a 13 dig, seven block performance on the defensive end to go with 45.0 points (6.43 per set). Herman had her ninth double-double of the season with 26 kills and 10 digs in the win over Eastern Michigan. Herman's 45 points also made her Ohio's career leader in the category as she now sports 2004.5 points.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, So., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich./Lawton

Ashley Turnage averaged 2.17 blocks per set with 13 total blocks to lead WMU to sweeps of Ball State and Toledo. Turnage started the weekend with 1 solo block and four assisted blocks against the Cardinals. She followed with the best blocking match of her career against Toledo. She had two solo blocks, career-high six assisted blocks for a career-high eight total blocks. With Turnage leading the way, WMU averaged 3.50 blocks per set and 17.17 digs per set, while holding opponents to .061 hitting, including -.014 hitting by Ball State.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Sarah Petrulis, Ohio, Sr., DS, Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat

Petrulis is now just 66 digs shy of 1,000 for her career after posting 34 this week (4.86 per set). She also had five assists and pair of aces on the offensive end, while registering a kill in her only attempt.


Additional Nomiees for Offensive Player of the Week

Kara Smith, Akron, Sr., Setter, Secor, Ill. (El Paso-Gridley)
Senior setter Kara Smith posted a stellar contest against Bowling Green Saturday night putting up a double-double grabbing 39 assists adding 13 digs. Smith also added one block assist, one service ace and one kill. In the sweep of the BGSU, the Zips posted over a .300 hitting percentage in each set finishing with a .325 combined mark.

Julie Breivogel, Ball State, Sr., OH, Boonville, Ind./Boonville
Julie Breivogel paced the Ball State offense with 23 kills over two matches last week. After tallying five kills at Western Michigan, Breivogel came to life with 18 kills in BSU’s three-set victory over the Huskies Saturday night. Breivogel, who also hit for a .378 (18-4-37) rate of success versus NIU, finished the week with a 3.83 kills-per-set average.

Kelsey Lueders, Buffalo, Jr., MB, Littleton, CO/Chatfield
Lueders led the team with a .444 hitting percentage on the week.  Lueders averaged eight kills a match for the Bulls as she helped UB secure its 15th win of the season at Canisius.  Lueders also led the Bulls to a near upset of Miami on Saturday evening.

Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Jr., Livonia, Mich./Livonia-Churchill
Junior Lauren Krupsky finished with 26 kills in six sets (4.33) last weekend, helping CMU to a 1-1 week. She finished with 11 kills against Eastern Michigan and 15 against Kent State, as well as two aces against the Golden Flashes. The outside hitter added three blocks to finish with a team-high 30.5 points on the week.

Meagan Schoenrock, Northern Illinois, Sr., OH, Sylvania, Ohio/Northview
Meagan Schoenrock tallied 25 kills (4.17/set) and three aces over the weekend to help NIU go 1-1 ... In NIU's 3-0 win over Toledo, she had 14 kills and three aces ... Against Ball State, she had 11 kills ... She has now had double-figure kills in 11 straight matches.

Cassie Kleespies, Toledo, So., OH, Lincoln University, PA
Cassie Kleespies led the Rockets with a .355 attack percentage and also posted 2.67 kills per set. Her top performance came against MAC West Division-leading Western Michigan when she tied for the team lead with nine kills and registered a .400 ATK%.

Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, So., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich./Lawton
Ashley Turnage was Western Michigan's top hitter with a .444 attack percentage in a pair of weekend sweeps. Turnage averaged 2.50 kills per set and 3.83 points per set for the Brown and Gold. Turnage's top match came against Toledo when she produced a career-high 12 kills and career-high .647 attack percentage, in addition to a career-high eight blocks.

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week

Chelsea Harvey, Akron, Fr., Libero, Stow, Ohio/Stow

Freshman Chelsea Harvey led UA on the defensive side of the ball in the Zips sweep of Bowling Green Saturday posting 13 digs in the backcourt.

Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Jr., Libero, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Alyssa Rio helped guide Ball State to a weekend spilt with a team-high 25 digs over two matches. In Friday’s loss at WMU, she tallied 10 digs, while adding a match-high 15 digs in the sweep over the Huskies. Her final three digs versus Northern Illinois allowed her to climb to fourth in program history with 1,312 career digs. Rio averaged 4.17 digs-per-set for the week. She also handed out seven assists, including six at NIU.

Tori Beckman, Buffalo, Fr., Libero, Kansas City, MO/Park Hill
Beckman added another 50 digs to her team-leading season total.  Beckman now has 444 digs on the season.  Beckman had 28 digs in UB's five set loss to Miami on Saturday night.  Beckman also had five service aces on the week, the most of anyone on the team.  In addition to leading the team in digs, she is second in service aces and assists.

Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Sr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio./Mount Notre Dame
Senior libero Alexis Lonneman finished with 36 digs in six sets (6.00) last week and was a perfect 24-for-24 in service receptions. The Cincinnati native is also closing in on CMU's all-time digs record. She has 1,929 career digs, just 67 shy of CMU's program record of 1,996. The senior had 28 digs against Eastern Michigan and eight against Kent State.

 Lisa Treadway, Miami, Fr., Libero, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Was as usual the team's leading digger over the weekend. Averaged 3.62 digs per set over the two matches. Recorded 18 digs in the Miami's dramatic 3-2 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Led the RedHawks with 11 digs the night before in straight set win over Akron. Helped hold the opponents to a .190 hitting percentage for the weekend. Also helped offensively with four service aces.

Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes totaled 27 digs (4.50/set) and had no errors in 28 reception attempts as she helped NIU split its last home weekend of the regular season. In NIU's 3-0 win over Toledo, she had 15 digs and no errors in 18 reception attempts.  Against Ball State, she had 12 digs and no errors in 10 reception attempts. She has now had double-figure digs in 18 straight matches and has only had two matches all year without double-digit digs.

Sarah Wilson, Toledo, Sr., MB, Findlay, OH
Sarah Wilson led the Rockets with 0.75 blocks per set and posted a .333 ATK% in UT's weekend action. In Toledo's match vs. NIU, she tallied three blocks in addition to 10 kills and a .368 ATK%.