MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 9/8/2008

East Division Player of the Week

Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Jr., S, St. Louis, MO/Cor Jesu Academy 

Andrea was key to one of the best weekends in Miami volleyball history. She consistently set up her teammates for kills as Miami knocked off three opponents including 10th-ranked Wisconsin and UNLV, which was in the NCAA Tournament last year. She averaged nearly 45 assists per match. She moved into sixth place over the weekend in the all-time career assist list at Miami. She was also third on team during the weekend with 29 digs.  She was also named Tournament MVP of the UNLV Tournament.


West Division Player of the Week

Jillian Mitchell, Western Michigan, Jr., S, Darien, Ill./Downers Grove South 

Junior setter Jillian Mitchell was named the MVP of the Redbird Classic after leading Western Michigan to the tournament championship with an undefeated 3-0 mark. Mitchell led the field with 116 assists for 11.60 assists per set, in addition to adding 24 digs, eight kills, five blocks and two aces. With Mitchell leading the way, WMU hit .267. Mitchell had her best match of the season in the championship match against host school and 2007 NCAA Tournament at-large participant Illinois State with her first double-double of the season on a season-high 46 assists, 10 digs and three block assists. She had 39 assists, eight digs and five kills against Oakland and 31 assists, six digs, two aces and two kills against Western Carolina. 


Additional Nominees for Player of the Week

Brionna Patterson, Akron, Jr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky

Patterson had two 20+ games in kills. In the win against NC State she posted a team high 21 kills to only seven errors (.318), versus Montana State she marked 24 kills, just one shy of her career high. Patterson’s strong tournament performance secured her spot on the all-tournament team for the second weekend in a row. Patterson’s 24 kills against MSU was just one shy of her career high mark of 25 (Dartmouth, Sept. 7, 2007). 


Julie Breivogel, Ball State, Jr., OH, Boonville, Ind./Boonville H.S. 

Julie Breivogel earned 2008 Ball State Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team honors after smashing a tournament-best 41 kills over the two-day event .  In addition, her 22 kills versus Tennessee Tech were a single-match tournament high.  Breivogel finished the weekend hitting a team-best .267, including a .435 rate of success against Tennessee Tech.  She also added 11 digs versus TTU for her third career double-double. 


Kendra Halm, Bowling Green, Sr., MH, Bucyrus, Ohio/Bucyrus 

Senior middle blocker Kendra Halm led the Falcons to their first tournament championship title of the season at the Temple Invitational and a 3-1 record this weekend. For the weekend Halm terminated a team high 57 kills hitting a .362 and averaging 3.00 kills per game. On defense at the net Halm also led the Falcons with 18 blocks averaging 0.95 blocks per game. She also recorded 11 digs, five service aces and led the Falcons with 74.5 points.  Halm was named the MVP of the tournament and to the All-Tournament Team.


Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, So., MB, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District 

Bignell was extremely effiencet in UB’s four matches this week as she was named to a pair of all-tournament teams. Bignell 27 kills and just three errors on 51 total attacks. Bignell also had seven total blocks for the Bulls. 


Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, Fr., MB, Highland, Mich/Milford HS 

Kaitlyn Schultz helped the CMU volleyball team go 3-0 at the Country Inn and Suites Challenge hosted by UT-Chattanooga last weekend by earning Tournament MVP honors. The freshman averaged 2.8 kills per set and 0.80 blocks per set to go with an ace and two digs. She was a big part of the reason Central was able to hold opponents to a .163 hitting percentage and fewer than 10 kills per set (9.7). 


Victoria Randolph, Eastern Michigan, Jr., OH, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame 

 Randolph averaged 2.58 kills per set and 2.08 digs per set at the Wingate by Wyndham Invitational hosted by Bradley University, Sept. 5-6, in East Peoria, Ill. Randolph notched a pair of 11 kill performances versus SIU-Edwardsville, Sept. 5, and against host Bradley, Sept. 6. She also added 12 and 10 digs, respectively, in those contests. Her .360 hitting percentage versus Bradley was also a team-best effort. 


Lauren Jones, Kent State, So., OH, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood 

Jones registered a team-high 41 kills (3.73 per set) while hitting .316 with nine service aces (0.82 per set) with 30 digs (2.73 per set), three blocks (0.27 per set) and 4.73 points per set in leading the Golden Flashes to victories over Quinnipiac University, Providence College and the University of Maine as Kent State won the Maine Tournament title for registered a pair of double-doubles in the Golden Flashes’ victories over Providence and Maine on Saturday (9/6). Jones notched 18 kills and 10 digs with a pair of aces while hitting .469 against the Friars. She then totaled 18 kills with 14 digs, four aces and hit .311 versus the Black Bears. On the season, Jones leads Kent State (5-1 overall, 0-0 MAC) in service aces (11) and total points (87) this season. 


Meagan Schoenrock, Nortthern Illionois, Jr., OH, Sylvania, Ohio/Northview 

 Led NIU in kills at the University of Northern Iowa Invite, earning an All-Invite Team selection...tallied 23 kills twice during the week against Illinois State and Marquette. 


Ellen Herman, Ohio, Jr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic 

Named MVP of the Pitt Classic. Turned in double-doubles against Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh to improve her career total to six. Her double-double against Eastern Kentucky was her first in nearly a calendar year. Her 20-kill performance against Pittsburgh was her 10th in an Ohio uniform. Took over sole possession of 10th place on Ohio’s career kills list in the Eastern Kentucky match. The Bobcats’ leader in kills and digs per set during the weekend. Her 14 digs against Eastern Kentucky marked a career high. 


Sarah Wilson, Toledo, Jr., MB, Findlay, OH/Findlay 

 Posted a team-high .458 hitting percentage to lead Rockets to Eastern Illinois’ Panther Challenge title. She hit .357 (6-1-14) in UT’s first match vs. Chicago State, followed by .417 numbers (12-2-24) in a 3-2 win over Western Illinois and a a career-high .700 attack mark (7-0-10) in a 3-0 victory over Eastern Illinois.