Co-East Division Players of the Week
Chelsey Meek, Bowling Green, Sr., Libero, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Meek became the first Falcon in program history to reach the milestone of 2,000 career digs in the Falcons’ three game sweep over the Bulls (Oct. 11). Meek, currently ranked 26th in nation for digs, led the Falcons this weekend to victories over MAC East Division opponents Akron (3-2) and Buffalo (3-1) with 49 digs averaging an impressive 5.44 digs per set. She not only holds the BGSU career record with 2,022 digs but is also now fifth in the MAC all-time record books for career digs. Meek also currently leads all active players in the nation in consecutive matches recording 10-plus digs as she extended her streak to 77 matches this weekend, she is only three matches away from tying the all-time record (80). On the weekend Meek complied five assists, one kill and one service ace to go along with her 49 digs.
Michelle Jantsch, Ohio, So., Setter, Mission Hills, Kan. / St. Teresa Academy
Jantsch set the Bobcats to a .261 hitting percentage and an average of 13.75 kills per set en route to victories over Kent State and Eastern Michigan. She collected one double-double on the weekend, marking her third of the season and sixth of her career, while falling just one dig shy of recording two double-doubles in as many matches. She kicked off the weekend with 43 assists - an average of 14.33 per set - and nine digs in Ohio's road sweep of Kent State. She capped the weekend with a match-high 44 assists and a career-high 18 digs, leading the Bobcats to a thrilling five-set victory over Eastern Michigan. Jantsch also equaled her career high with five total blocks versus the Eagles. She also tallied four kills on just nine attempts over the course of the weekend. Jantsch's 27 digs on the weekend also marked the highest two-match total of her career.
West Division Player of the Week
Michelle Moore, Western Michigan, Jr., OH, Ft. Wayne, Ind./Snider
Moore was the offensive catalyst that led Western Michigan to a pair of sweeps against Toledo and Ball State. She led WMU with 27 kills (4.50 kps) on the weekend and hit .299. She had a match-high 11 kills with seven digs and three blocks against Toledo and 16 kills, hitting .371, and three digs vs. Ball State.
Kara Smith, Akron, Jr., Setter, Secor, Ill./El Paso-Gridley
Smith continues to climb the Zips all-time assists list as she added 75 against Bowling Green and Miami.
Alisha Green, Ball State, Jr., MB, Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest H.S.
Green helped guide the Cardinals to a 1-1 record last week by hitting a for a team-best .226 (22-10-53) rate of success. In BSU’s thrilling come-from-behind victory over Northern Illinois, Green collected 15 kills and four total blocks, while playing a pivotal role in guide BSU back from down 9-2 in the fifth set. In the final frame, Green played a role in all four of BSU’s final points, collecting a pair of kills, and two blocks, including a match-winning stuff. She followed the effort with seven kills and four digs at Western Michigan.
Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, So., MB, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Bignell had a match-high 15 kills in UB's 3-1 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday night. Bignell had 15 kills and just two errors in 29 swings against the Falcons. Bignell currently leads the Bulls this season in kills, hitting percentage and blocks.
Sarah Warner, Central Michigan, Sr., OH, New Lothrop, Mich./New Lothrop
Warner guided Central Michigan to its best league start since 1996 with 29 kills (3.62/set) while hitting .273. She also registered eight digs (1.00/set), one block and one assist for a team-high 29.5 points in a pair of Mid-American Conference wins over rivals Eastern Michigan and Kent State. It was the first time CMU defeated KSU in the past 11 meetings, dating back to 1999. Warner registered 12 kills against the Eagles and a season-best 17 kills against the Golden Flashes while hitting a match-best .375. The Chippewas are now 5-1 in MAC play, tied atop the West Division standings with Western Michigan, and have won 12 of the past 14 regular-season league matches.
Ashley Mason, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Setter, Eastlake, Ohio/Lake Catholic
Mason turned in a solid week as the Eagles posted a 3-2 victory over Oakland, Oct. 7, and dropped a pair of five-set road decisions to Central Michigan, Oct. 9, and Ohio, Oct. 11. Mason averaged 39.7 assists, 10.3 digs, 4.3 kills and 1.3 blocks per match while posting a .170 attack percentage. Her best match came versus the Bobcats, as she notched a career-high eight kills to go along with 38 set assists, 16 digs and a block assist in the five-set loss. Versus Oakland, the freshman setter posted 49 set assists which is one shy of equaling her career-best of 50 versus Charleston Southern, Sept. 12. Against the Chippewas, Mason recorded eight digs and 32 assists in additional to a pair of kills.
Katie Veatch, Kent State, Jr., Setter, Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon
Veatch totaled a team-high 41 assists with a service ace and 15 digs last week. She registered a double-double against Central Michigan with 29 assists and 10 digs.
Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Jr., Setter, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central
Andrea had a solid overall week in leading the team to two victories over Buffalo and Akron. In addition to her normal duties as setter, in which she provided 69 assists over seven sets, she also recorded eight kills, hitting at an attack percentage of .429. She was third on the team with 12 digs and also assisted on three blocks. Andrea now has 2,961 assists for her career, and is only 39 assists short of becoming the fifth Miami RedHawk to reach the 3,000 mark.
Cassie Yates, Northern Illinois, Jr., MB, LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte
Yates played a key role in NIU's 1-1 weekend as she recorded a career-high 18 kills vs. Ball State, while hitting .351. In her two of her last three matches at home, Yates has set a new career-high in kills and she has reached double-figures in kills four times this season. In a Huskie win over Toledo, Yates registered nine kills, hit .318 and led the team with two solo blocks. While she averaged 3.38 kills per set for the week with a .339 attack percentage, Yates has been solid in MAC competition as she has hit .315, while averaging 2.55 kills per set, and she leads the team with 16 blocks.
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, Fr., OH, Plainfield, IL/Plainfield North
Led the Rockets in kills in both matches last week and posted a team-best .286 attack percentage. She also paced Toledo with 2.33 digs per set.