MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 8/31/2009
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, So., OH, Plainfield, IL/Plainfield North
Amber DeWeerdt earned Tournament MVP honors and helped Toledo capture the Staybridge Suites Rocket Classic. She led the team with 4.60 kills, 3.70 digs and 0.50 service aces per set. DeWeerdt's top match was when she tallied 19 kills, 16 digs and a .417 ATK% against Marist. She also registered another double-double vs. Bryant with 10 kills and 13 digs and posted a team-best 17 kills vs. Kennesaw State.

East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Shari Luther, Bowling Green, Sr., MB, Colgate, Wisc./Germantown
Shari Luther was named MVP of the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament after leading Bowling Green to a 4-0 record. Luther was second on the team with 42 kills and led the squad with a .430 attack percentage. She also had a team-high 13 blocks and added three service aces.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes registered 75 digs (5.00 per set) with only two errors in 103 reception attempts over four matches (15 sets) during the weekend to earn a spot on the all-invite team and help NIU go 3-1 for a second-place finish at the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites of Rochelle Invitational. In NIU's 3-0 win over Western Illinois, she had 13 digs with 1 error in 14 reception attempts.  In NIU's 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois, she had 19 digs with no errors in 34 reception attempts. In NIU's 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin, she had 17 digs with one error in 18 reception attempts.  In NIU's 3-2 win over Illinois Chicago, she had 26 digs with no errors in 37 reception attempts.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
Simons was the leading blocker at the InnTowner Invitational, propelling Ohio to the title with an average of 1.30 per set. She led all players with four total blocks in the sweep of No. 27 Duke and paced the field with six total rejections in the victory over No. 29 Wisconsin.  Led an Ohio defensive front that averaged 2.60 blocks per set and limited opponents to .153 hitting.

Offensive Player of the Week Nominees
Brionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky
Akron senior Brionna Patterson posted a team-high 62 kills at the Best Western Sycamore Classic where the Zips went 3-1. Named to the all-tournament team, Patterson was the team leader in kills for three matches. Playing in all 17 games, Patterson also helped out defensively lending 31 digs and five blocks.

Brittany McGinnis, Ball State, So., Fraser, Mich./Fraser
Brittany McGinnis was named to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team after turning in one of top performances of the tournament. BSU's setter for the first two matches, McGinnis started Saturday's second match versus Coastal Carolina as an emergency outside attacker and posted her first career kill/dig double-double. She smashed a career-high 11 kills in the contest, while adding a season-best 16 digs. In the first two matches of the tournament, McGinnis was 8-for-9 from the attack line from her setter position.

Dani Silvers, Buffalo, Sr, OH, Waynesville, NC/Tuscola/Mars Hill
Silvers was named to the All-Tournament team of the University at Buffalo Invitational as she led the Bulls with 39 kills in the three matches, including a career-high 22 kills in a five-set win over Fordham.  Silvers led the Bulls with a .304 hitting mark, which was helped by her performance against Fordham where she had just four errors on 42 swings.  Silvers also added five total blocks on the week.

Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Jr., Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Lauren Krupsky earned all-tournament honors at the Florida State Invitational by averaging 3.09 kills and 0.36 blocks over the weekend. The junior outside hitter was dominant, carrying the Chippewas' offense and leading them in kills in all three outings. She had eight vs. North Dakota State and Florida State, before piling up 18 against Florida A&M in five sets.

Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Fr., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
Making her collegiate debut, Iaquaniello paced the Eagles' attack with a total of 35 kills, three total blocks and three service aces. She also contributed 27 digs in 11 sets played at the Army Invitational, Aug. 28-29, in West Point, N.Y. She is the only EMU student-athlete to average more than 3.0 kills per set as the next closest is averaging 1.82 per set.  Versus Fairfield, the Plymouth, Mich. native recorded 13 put-a-ways and followed that up with another 13 kill performance versus Sacred Heart. In the finale she powered down nine kills to lead the Eagles.

Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Sr., Setter, Schererville, Ind/Lake Central
Helped key offense all weekend as the team took a set against 20th-ranked Saint Louis and defeated Alabama. Averaged 7.83 assists per set. Average would have been higher but was subbed out for two other setters to give them game experience in three of the 12 sets. Averaged 10.4 assists per set in nine sets she participated fully in.

Cassie Yates, Northern Illinois, Sr., MB, LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte
Cassie Yates hit .375 with 44 kills (2.93 per set), 11 blocks (0.73 per set), and four aces to earn a selection to the all-invite team and help NIU go 3-1 over the weekend at the NIU Comfort Inn & Suites of Rochelle Invitational.  In NIU's 3-0 win over Western Illinois, she had 10 kills (10-0-19, .526) with four blocks and an ace.  In NIU's 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois, she had seven kills (7-7-21, .000) with a block and two aces.  In NIU's 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin, she had 10 kills (10-0-17, .588) with two blocks.  In NIU's 3-2 win over Illinois Chicago, she had 17 kills (17-4-31, .419) with four blocks and an ace.

Ellen Herman, Ohio, Sr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Herman was named MVP of InnTowner Invitational after recording 19 kills against Wisconsin in Sunday's final match. She led all players in kills in each of the three matches Ohio played on opening weekend. Notched her first double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs against South Dakota.  Moved into fourth place on Ohio's overall career kills list, and second on the program's career rally scoring kills list.

Jessica Brown, Western Michigan, Fr., MB, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
In her first collegiate competition, Jessica Brown led Western Michigan with 30 kills (2.73 kps) and a .411 attack percentage against No. 7 Hawai'i, No. 9 UCLA and No. 25 Santa Clara. She started the tournament with six kills and hit .308 against the Rainbow Wahine before leading all players with 11 kills and hitting .474 against UCLA. She concluded the tournament with a team-high 13 kills, three blocks and hit .417 vs. Santa Clara.

Defensive Players of the Week Nominees
Megan Rodriguez, Akron, Sr., Libero, Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
Akron senior Megan Rodriguez posted a team-high 50 digs (2.94 D/G) at the Best Western Sycamore Classic where the Zips went 3-1. Playing in all 17 games, Rodriguez also added seven assists, three service aces and one kill.

Christie Waters, Ball State, So., DS/Libero, Muncie, Ind./Burris
Waters led the Cardinals with 36 total digs in the Mortar Board Premier Tournament hosted by Purdue. Waters, who began the week as a defensive substitution, found herself in the starting libero role when BSU's Alyssa Rio was injured in the second set of BSU's first match. Waters went on to record a career-high 22 digs versus Coastal Carolina, while adding eight digs versus No. 19 Purdue and seven digs versus Dayton.

Alex Zlabis, Bowling Green, Jr., DS/Libero, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South
Alex Zlabis averaged 3.62 digs per set and had a .985 serve receive percentage as Bowling Green went 4-0 and won the Duquesne/Robert Morris Tournament. Zlabis led BGSU in both digs and serve receive.

Tori Beckman, Buffalo, Fr., Libero, Kansas City, MO/Park Hill
Beckman was named the Most Valuable Player as she helped the Bulls win the University at Buffalo Invitational.  Beckman averaged 21 digs per match in the opening week, including a career-best 26 digs against Fordham.  She also added 20 digs in a three-set match against Seton Hall.  In addition to her 63 digs on the weekend, Beckman also added seven assists and her first career service ace.

Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, So., MB/OH, Highland, Mich./Milford
Kaitlyn Schultz earned all-tournament honors at the Florida State Invitational, after piling up 10 blocks (0.91) and 21 kills (1.91) in 11 sets over the weekend. She also added five digs and a service ace to her efforts. Schultz was especially effective against 2008 NCAA Tournament squad Florida A&M, finishing with 10 kills and five blocks.

Ashley Mason, Eastern Michigan, So., Setter, Eastlake, Ohio / Lake Catholic
Sophomore setter Ashley Mason keyed the Eagles defensively with a team best 33 digs and seven total blocks in three matches at the Army Invitational, Aug. 28-29, in West Point, N.Y. She also chipped in 88 set assists on the Eagles' 117 kills during the tournament. Mason racked up 11 digs per contest and provided her best blocking effort of the weekend versus Sacred Heart when she knocked away five balls.

Lisa Treadway, Miami, Fr., Libero, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Had reception percentage of .944 in first college action. Was served far often more than any other player on court and made only five reception errors in 12 total sets.

Sarah Wilson, Toledo, Sr., MB, Findlay, OH/Findlay
Wilson helped Toledo win the Staybridge Suites Rocket Classic and was named to all-tournament. She tied for the team lead with 1.10 blocks per game and helped the Rockets limit their opponents to a .094 attack percentage.