East Division Co-Players of the Week
Ashley Feutz, Kent State, Sr., OH, Muskegon, Mich./Fruitport
Feutz registered a team-high 29 kills (4.14 per set) while hitting .451 with three service aces (0.43 per set), 5 digs (0.71 per set) and 35.4 points (5.07 points per set) in leading the Golden Flashes to victories over Buffalo and Akron last weekend. Feutz hit .500 with 13 kills in the Flashes 3-0 win over Buffalo (9/26). She totaled 16 kills and hit .414 with three service aces in KSU’s 3-1 win over Akron (9/27). On the season, Feutz leads Kent State (12-3 overall, 2-0 MAC) in kills (196) and hitting percentage .345.
Ellen Herman, Ohio, Jr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Ellen Herman led Ohio to a pair of wins on the opening weekend of MAC play with 34 kills (averages of 17.0 per match and 4.86 per set), 19 digs (9.5 per match and 2.71 per set) and 4 blocks (1.0 per match and 0.57 per set). She also scored a team-high 37.5 points in the two matches, an average of 18.75 per match and 5.36 per set. She wrapped up the weekend in style against Buffalo, cranking out a match-high 23 kills and recording 10 digs to mark her fourth double-double of the season, as well as the eighth of her career. Her 23 kills against the Bulls also came on a season-best .419 hitting. She also scored 12.5 points against Akron on Friday night by way of 11 kills and a pair of blocks, moving into 10th place on Ohio's career points chart. Herman was also perfect on 25 serve-receive attempts on the weekend. Her kills, digs, blocks and points per set averages on the weekend were all higher than her overall season averages.
West Division Player of the Week
Caitlin Strimel, Western Michigan, Jr., Libero, Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley
Caitlin Strimel's defense led Western Michigan to a 2-0 start in the MAC with wins over Northern Illinois and MAC East preseason favorite Miami. Strimel averaged a robust 6.29 digs per set with match highs of 29 digs against Miami and 15 against Northern Illinois. Her defense was pivotal in WMU holding NIU and MU to a combined .107 attack percentage. Strimel also had a pair of service aces against Miami to become just the 17th player in WMU history to reach 100 career aces. Her 44 digs also pushed her to 1,610 in her career.
Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron, Fr., MB, Broadview Heights, Ohio/North Royalton
True Freshman Tina Dimitrijevs was a star for Akron against Kent State as she posted a team high 17 kills to only three errors for a .483 hitting percentage. The 6'0 Dimitrijevs drastically improved her career high besting it by six.
Julie Breivogel, Ball State, Jr., Opposite, Boonville, Ind./Boonville H.S.
Julie Breivogel tallied double-doubles in each of BSU’s matches last week to help guide the Cardinals to a 1-1 mark in Mid-American Conference play. In Friday’s loss to Central Michigan, Breivogel racked up a match-best 14 kills, while connecting for a .310 (14-5-29) rate of success. In addition, she tallied 14 digs, a service ace and a block assists. In Saturday’s win over Eastern Michigan, Breivogel smashed 12 kills, while tallying 10 digs, four service aces and a pair of block assists.
Corey Domek, Bowling Green, Jr., OH, Naperville, Illinois/Naperville North
Corey Domek led the Falcons’ offense in both matches during the opening weekend of MAC play with two double-digit kill performances. On the week she terminated 36 kills averaging 5.14 kills and posting a .338 hitting percentage. Domek recorded a career high 24 kills with a .362 hitting percentage against the Miami RedHawks and came back to post another team high 12 kills against the Northern Illinois Huskies. Domek also led the Falcons on the week with 36 points.
Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, Fr., MB, Highland, Mich./Milford HS
Kaitlyn Schultz put together a pair of dominant performances in her first two career MAC matches. Against ball State she picked up 11 kills while hitting .381 with six blocks. Against Toledo, she tied for the team lead with 13 kills in just three sets, to go with four blocks. Four of her blocks came on consecutive points in a critical point late in the third set, allowing CMU to pick up the 3-1 win.
Victoria Randolph, Eastern Michigan, Jr., OH, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Junior Victoria Randolph stood out as the Eagles posted a 1-1 weekend in opening Mid-American Conference play. On the week, Randolph averaged 3.86 kills, 3.71 digs, 0.29 blocks and 4.14 points per set against Toledo, Sept. 26, and Ball State, Sept. 27. She recorded a double-double versus the Rockets with 14 kills and 13 digs and then followed it up with 13 kills and 13 digs against the Cardinals. In the victory over Toledo, the Cincinnati, Ohio native posted a .308 attack percentage.
Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Jr., Setter, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central
Andrea averaged nearly 50 assists per game as the RedHawks split the weekend. Her 54 assists against Bowling Green was one off her season high. She passed Kelly Hardek over the weekend to move into fifth place on the Miami career list in assists despite being only a junior. Atteberry also recorded 22 digs and had five blocks including one solo during the weekend.
Cassie Yates, Northern Illinois, Jr., MB, LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte
Yates helped the Huskies to a 2-1 record over the past week, including their first MAC win, 3-0 over Bowling Green, in which she tallied a career-high 11 kills and .714 attack percentage along with two blocks. Yates had previously totaled 10 kills on five separate occasions and she has done so twice this season. In NIU's 3-1 win over DePaul, she notched eight kills and hit .375. For the week, she averaged 2.30 kills per set, hit .356 and netted 0.90 blocks per set.
Stephanie Kersting, Toledo, Jr., OH, St. Louis, MO/Lindbergh
Led Rockets with .292 attack percentage, 4.67 kills per set and four service aces. Also ranked third with 3.19 digs per set. Tied season high with 16 kills and also posted .324 hitting mark vs. EMU.