East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Michelle Janstch, Ohio, Sr., S, Mission Hills, Kan./St. Teresa Academy
Jantsch was named to the All-Tournament Team at the JQH Invitational. Helped the Bobcatss go 3-1 with wins over two teams receiving votes in the national polls (Texas A&M and Missouri State). Ranked second in digs with 40 and had 11 total blocks. ... She also added 11 kills, led the team in assists with 140 and three service aces over the three-day event.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Fr., L, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Freshman Lena Oliver guided the Western Michigan defense during four wins, all sweeps, last week, including the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational championship. Oliver led Western Michigan with 6.17 digs per set as the Broncos held all four opponents to a combined .064 attack percentage and only 8.83 kills per set. She began the week with 18 digs in the Broncos' home-opening victory over 2009 Summit League Tournament champion IPFW. She started the Hampton Inn Invitational with 13 digs against tournament host IUPUI and then tallied match highs of 22 digs vs. Wright State and 21 vs. DePaul to clinch all-tournament team honors. Oliver also led the team with seven service aces and picked up her second kill of the season from the libero position.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., OH/MB, Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood
Was named the JQH Invitational Tournament MVP after leading the Bobcats to a 3-1 record including victories over two teams that received votes in the national polls, Texas A&M and Missouri State ... Had 46 kills and hit .417 while averaging 15 points per match over all four contests ... Totaled career-highs in kills and points during the championship match ... Also accumulated 20 total blocks, an average of five per match, to lead the Bobcats in that category ... Had two service aces.
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sam Viox, Western Michigan, Jr., S, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy
Junior setter Sam Viox was named Most Valuable Player of the 2010 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational as Western Michigan won four matches, all sweeps, last week. Viox averaged 11.92 assists, 2.17 digs, 0.50 kills, 0.50 blocks and 0.33 aces per set for the Broncos. With Viox directing the offense, WMU hit .287 as a team with 14.42 kills per set. She spread the ball evenly with three players each accounting for 37 kills, one player with 30 and another with 21 kills. Viox put three of those players in position to hit .308 or higher during the week. She started the week with 34 assists, 12 digs and two kills against 2009 Summit League Tournament champion IPFW. She moved to Indianapolis and tallied 41 assists and three aces against IUPUI and then added 38 assists and eight digs in the win over Wright State. Viox clinched MVP honors against DePaul of the Big East with 30 assists, five digs, three blocks and two kills, while WMU hit a season-high .359 as a team.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, Stow, Ohio/Stow
Sophomore Chelsea Harvey led UA on the defensive side of the ball posting 24 digs in nine sets played. Likewise, Harvey added five assists on the weekend.
Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Alyssa Rio led all players with 54 digs in the 2010 Active Ankle Challenge to help guide the Cardinals to thier second tournament victory of the season. An All-Tournament Team honoree, Rio tallied opened the event with a match-high 14 digs versus Tennessee State. She followed with a match-best 18 digs against Robert Morris, while finishing the tournament with a match-best and season high 22 digs in the championship match victory over Oakland. With her second dig versus Robert Morris, senior libero Alyssa Rio became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,500 career digs . . . Rio finished the Active Ankle Challenge with a tournament-best 54 digs, raising her career total to 1,538 . . . She needs 42 more digs to pass Amanda McCormick's (2005-06) career total of 1579 for third on BSU's all-time list . . . Rio also ranks third in program history with 74 career matches with double-figure digs.
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Fr., L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Freshman Ashley Dunn led Bowling Green with 33 digs and a .985 serve receive percentage in three matches at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida ... Dunn had just one serve receive error in 67 attempts and had double-digit digs against both Colorado State and Albany. Her 15 digs against Albany set a new career high.
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Fr., L, Cleveland, OH/Trinity
Svoboda had 69 digs on the week as the Bulls went 4-0 and won the University at Buffalo Invitational. She was named to the all-tournament team as she also finished the weekend with four service aces. Svoboda leads the Bulls with 108 digs on the season so far.
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Fr., L, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Helped CMU take 9-of-10 sets in a 3-0 sweep of the Youngstown State Invitational ... helped the Chippewas' defense hold opponents to a .055 hitting percentage against on the week and just 7.2 kills per set ... had 22 digs against Niagara, 15 against Youngstown State and seven against Howard.
Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, Jr., L, Carleton, Mich. / Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central
Junior Haley Stein was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Bucknell Invitational as the Eagles swept through the tournament to claim its second-straight championship. Stein averaged 4.44 digs per set as the Eagles went a perfect 9-0 in sets on the weekend. In fact, the Green and White have only lost one set all season. Stein's best match came against Iona when she pulled up 16 digs while adding two kills on six swings.
Maigan Larsen, Kent State, Jr., OH, Lancaster, Wis./Lancaster HS
Larsen posted double-digit digs in all three Kent State's matches in the Bearcat Invitational, including a career-high 26 against James Madison. She leads the team with 117 so far this season.
Lisa Treadway, Miami, So., L/DS, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Lisa was the team's best defensive player in a tournament that featured three top level teams. She averaged 3.30 digs per set and made only five reception errors the entire tournament. She earned the libero shirt for the final two games of the tournament and recorded 16 digs against Ohio State. She followed that up with 12 digs against USF.
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Sr., L, St. Charles, Ill./North
Senior libero Maddie Hughes helped NIU to a 4-0 record over the week and anchored the defense in winning the Huskies' second straight invitational, the UIC Invitational ... In four sweeps, she registered a team-high 43 digs (3.58/set) and earned an all-tournament selection ... Against Bradley, she had 18 digs ... Versus Kennesaw State, she had eight digs ... Against Memphis, she totaled four digs ... Versus Illinois Chicago, she notched 13 digs.
Additional Nomiees for Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Cocklin, Akron, Fr., OH, Rochester, Mich./Marian
Freshman Alex Cocklin led UA offensively over the weekend pounding out 22 kills in nine sets played. Cocklin also added 16 digs, four blocks and one assist.
Kylee Baker, Ball State, Fr., OH, Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North
Freshman outside hitter Kylee Baker continued her stellar offensive play during last weekend's Active Ankle Challenge, leading the Cardinals with 35 kills over the three matches to earn all-tournament honors . . . In the championship match versus Oakland, Baker turned in her best performance to date with career-highs of 16 kills and 11 digs for her first career double-double . . . However, the most impressive stat from the match was Baker's .444 attack percentage, as she did not commit a single attack error in 36 swings . . . In the tournament's opening match versus Tennessee State, Baker smashed a match-best 12 kills, while adding seven digs and two aces . . . She tallied seven kills, nine digs and two more service aces against Robert Morris . . . She also recorded solo blocks versus Tennessee State and Oakland.
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Paige Penrod was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida ... Penrod had a team-high 29 kills in three matches and hit .221 ... Just a freshman, she posted her first career double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs against Albany in the final match of the tournament.
Dana Musil, Buffalo, Fr., OH, Vancouver, BC/Delta South
Musil had a solid weekend for the Bulls as they went 4-0 on the week. Musil had 16 kills, 14 digs and five service aces in UB's five-set win over Niagara and 10 kills, 12 digs and two service aces in the win against Navy. Through the first seven matches of the season, Musil leads the Bulls with 73 kills and 19 services aces, while she is currently second in digs with 57.
Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Sr., OH, Livonia, Mich./Livonia
Lauren Krupsky averaged 4.1 kills per set and hit .368 to earn MVP honors at the YSU Invitational last week after guiding Central Michigan to a 3-0 week. CMU beat 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Niagara, host Youngstown State and Howard. The outside hitter finished with 14 kills and hit .560 against YSU, 18 kills and .317 against Niagara and nine kills against Howard. She added one ace on the weekend to average 4.35 points per frame.
Paige Roback, Eastern Michigan, Fr., OH, Maumee, Ohio / Notre Dame Academy
Freshman Paige Roback continued to shine as the youth movement is in full-effect for the Eagles. In three matches at the Bucknell Invitational, Roback averaged 3.00 kills, 1.56 digs, 0.33 blocks and 0.22 assists per set while keeping a hitting percentage of .305 as the Eagles won its second consecutive tournament title. The Maumee, Ohio native's best match came in the weekend finale against Big East Conference foe Providence College, Roback notched 10 kills, two blocks, two digs and a .368 attack percentage. She has posted six-or-more kills in every match this season, including racking up double digits in put-a-ways on four occasions.
Meredith Paskert, Kent State, So., MB, Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Named to the Bearcat Invitational All-Tournament Team. Hit .455 (10 kills, 0 errors, .455 hitting percentage) against Cincinnati.
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski led the Huskies for the second straight weekend, helping NIU go 4-0 and take another first place finish in an invitational, this time the UIC Invitational ... Wicinski led the team with 75 points (6.25/set), 61 kills (5.08/set), and 11 aces (0.92/set), while ranking second on the team with 31 digs (2.58/set) ... In addition to holding a .438 attack percentage, she totaled her third and fourth double-doubles, extended her consecutive match streak with an ace to eight, and has had double-digit kills in each of her last seven contests ... In a sweep of Bradley, she hit .333 with 12 kills, an ace, and a season-best four blocks for 15 points ... In a sweep of Kennesaw State, she hit .440 with 15 kills, three aces, eight digs, and a block for 18.5 points ... In a sweep of Memphis, she hit .478 with 13 kills, three aces, 12 digs, and a block for 16.5 points ... In a sweep of Illinois Chicago, she hit .472 with 21 kills, four aces, and 10 digs for 25 points.
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, Jr., OH, Plainfield, IL/North
Amber DeWeerdt led the Rockets with 4.20 kills and 3.90 digs per set in addition to posting a .288 attack percentage in last weekend's Bama Bash. DeWeerdt tallied a season-high 22 kills in UT's 3-1 win over Furman and notched a career-high .519 attack percentage with 14 kills in a 3-0 loss to the host Crimson Tide.