West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Jillian Mitchell, Western Michigan, Sr., Setter, Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South
Jillian Mitchell passed out 91 assists for an average of 11.38 assists per set over the weekend to move into sixth all-time at Western Michigan with 2,877 career assists. Mitchell started the weekend with 47 assists, 11 digs, six kills, two blocks and one ace to lead the Broncos to a victory over Eastern Michigan. She came back the next night with 44 assists, seven digs, four kills, .250 hitting and two aces to lead WMU past Central Michigan with a team hitting percentage of .276. With Mitchell directing the attack, WMU compiled 119 kills (14.88 kps), hit .215 as a team and five attackers averaged 2.00 kills per set or more over the weekend.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Jr., OH, Louisville, Kentucky/Presentation Academy
Jacobi hit an astronomical .525 this week, with 25 kills (4.17 per set) on 40 attempts. She also posted a pair of digs with five total blocks on the defensive end. For the week, she posted 28.0 points (4.67 per set). Against Bowling Green, Jacobi had a match-high 13 kills and hit .417, while posting 12 kills and a .688 percentage against the RedHawks.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Katie Eberling, Western Michigan, Sr., Libero, Palos Hills, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg
Katie Eberling averaged 7.50 digs per set with 60 digs in victories over Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Eberling started the weekend with a WMU school record for digs in a four-set match of 37 digs vs. EMU, the most by any player in the MAC this season. She followed that with 23 more digs in a victory over CMU on Saturday. Eberling was also nearly perfect on serve receive with just one error in 39 attempts (.974). Overall, Eberling's defensive effort helped WMU limit its opponents to .177 hitting and 2.38 less kills per set than the Broncos.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Kelsey Lueders, Buffalo, Jr., MB, Littleton, CO/Chatfield
Lueders helped the Bulls to 20.5 total team blocks against Akron on Thursday night. Lueders had a career-high 11 total blocks in that match, including four solo blocks. Lueders is currently second on the team with 56 total blocks, including 10 solos.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the WeekBrionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky
Senior Brionna Patterson again led UA offensively putting up 46 (4.60 K/G) kills on the weekend against Buffalo and Toledo. Putting up a career-high 26 kills in the Zips five-set loss to the Bulls on Thursday, the mark moves her into the fourth spot on the Zips all-time kills list. The senior now holds 1,419 career kills.Kelsey Brandl, Ball State, So., MB, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North
Kelsey Brandl continued to lead the Ball State offense last week, posting a team-best 27 kills in the two matches. In Thursday's win at Toledo, Brandl smashed a career and match-high 14 kills, while adding three aces and three blocks. She followed the performance with a career-best .650 attack percentage in Saturday's win over Buffalo. In the victory over the Bulls, Brandl scored a match-high 13 kills on 20 swings with no errors, while adding three digs and two blocks. Brandl finished the week with a .489 (27-5-45) attack percentage and averaging three kills per set.Kaitlin Jackson, Bowling Green, Sr., OH, Toronto, Ontario/Richview Collegiate Institute
Kaitlin Jackson led Bowling Green with 16 kills and a .361 attack percentage in two losses on the weekend. She also had 11 digs. Jackson's best match came against Kent State when she had nine kills with no errors and a .450 attack percentage. She added seven digs in the loss.Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Jr., OH, Livonia, Mich. /Livonia Churchill
Lauren Krupsky put together one of the best weekends of her collegiate career, piling up 38 kills in a mere 81 attacks (.395) to go with six aces in nine sets despite a pair of road losses for the Chippewas. She registered a career-best 25 kills against Northern Illinois on Friday in just 51 swings, before adding 13 in 30 swings a night later against Western Michigan. She added two aces against the Huskies and four against the Broncos. The junior outside hitter also added eight digs and four blocks to finish with 46.5 points on the week.Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Fr, OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
EMU freshman Rachel Iaquaniello again showed why she is one of the top young players in the Mid-American Conference, recording three straight double-doubles versus Oakland, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. For the week, the Plymouth, Mich. Native averaged 3.69 kills, 3.46 digs and 3.96 kills per set while leading the squad in kills (48) total attacks (131) and points (51) while ranking second in digs (45) and service receptions (67). Versus Oakland, Iaquaniello racked up 13 kill and 11 digs, she followed it up with 18 put-a-ways and 23 digs versus West Division leading WMU and closed out the weekend with 17 kills and 11 digs.Meredith Paskert, Kent State, Fr., MB, Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Paskert had a career weekend with 22 total kills on only 39 attempts with only four errors. Against Miami, she had a career-high hitting percentage in a match of .600 with 13 kills and only one error in 20 attempts. She also added two aces. In Saturday's Centennial Cup match with Bowling Green, Paskert was second on the team with nine kills on 19 attempts (.316). She also added two aces, both coming during critical runs in the first and second sets to give Kent State the lead. Paskert leads all conference freshman in aces per set (0.32).Megan Griffin, Miami, Sr., OH, Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton
Helped RedHawks to win over Kent State by playing more middle hitter during game. Led team with 22 kills and 474 hitting percentage for week. Recorded 11 kills in both matches this weekend, the only RedHawk to record double-digit kills in both matches.Meagan Schoenrock, Northern Illinois, Sr., OH, Sylvania, Ohio/Northview
Meagan Schoenrock helped the Huskies to a pair of five-set conference wins over the weekend by leading NIU with 43 kills (4.30/set). In the Huskies' win over Central Michigan, she totaled a season-high 27 kills, along with a .316 attack percentage, marking the second time she has had 20 or more kills this season. In NIU's win over Eastern Michigan, she led the Huskies with 16 kills, giving her five straight matches with double-digit kills.Liz Sundburg, Toledo, Sr., MB, Holland, MI/West Ottawa
Liz Sundburg led the Rockets with a .414 attack percentage including a .600 hitting mark in UT's 3-2 win over Akron. Against the Zips, Sundburg tallied nine kills with zero errors in 15 attacks and also notched a team-high six blocks. Jillian Mitchell, Western Michigan, Sr., Setter, Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South
Jillian Mitchell passed out 91 assists for an average of 11.38 assists per set over the weekend to move into sixth all-time at Western Michigan with 2,877 career assists. Mitchell started the weekend with 47 assists, 11 digs, six kills, two blocks and one ace to lead the Broncos to a victory over Eastern Michigan. She came back the next night with 44 assists, seven digs, four kills, .250 hitting and two aces to lead WMU past Central Michigan with a team hitting percentage of .276. With Mitchell directing the attack, WMU compiled 119 kills (14.88 kps), hit .215 as a team and five attackers averaged 2.00 kills per set or more over the weekend.Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the WeekChelsea Harvey, Akron, Fr., Libero, Stow, Ohio/Stow
Freshman Chelsea Harvey led UA in the backcourt last weekend digging 38 balls (3.80 D/G) which included a career-high 20 against the Rockets.Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, So., DS/Libero, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli H.S.
Kaylee Schembra continued to lead the Ball State backcourt with a team-best 29 digs last week. In Thursday's win at Toledo, Schembra tied for match-high honors with 17 digs. Saturday versus Buffalo, Schembra added a match-best 12 digs, to finish the week with 29 digs and a team-best 3.22 digs-per-set average.
Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
Simons had a team-high eight blocks (1.33 per set) this week, to go with 16 kills and a .394 hitting percentage offensively. She posted 20.0 points for the week, a figure that tied for third on the team. Against the Falcons, Simons hit .688 with three block assists, while posting five kills and five block assists against Miami.
Megan Griffin, Miami, Sr., OH/MB, Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton
Played a well rounded game, earning 12 blocks (1 solo, 11 assists) as she played more middle hitter this weekend. Recorded a blocks per set average of 1.71 during the weekend. Had a season high nine blocks (1 solo, 8 assists) vs. Kent State on Friday.
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes helped the Huskies win two five-set conference matches at home over the weekend by leading NIU in digs with 58 (5.80/set) and committing only four reception errors in 44 attempts. In NIU's win over Central Michigan, she had 28 digs and three reception errors in 28 attempts. In the Huskies' win over Eastern Michigan, she had 30 digs and one error in 16 reception attempts, marking the second time that she has had 30 or more digs and the eighth time she has had 20 or more digs, which she has done in seven of the last nine matches.