West Division Player of the Week
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, Fr., OH, Plainfield, IL/Plainfield North
Registered career-high 21 kills in both matches this weekend to nearly lead the Rockets to a pair of victories. She notched 21 kills and 13 digs against Ohio and UT let a 14-10 lead slip away in the fifth set. Against Kent State, she posted her team-best 10th double-double of the season with 21 kills and 17 digs.
Co-East Division Players of the Week
Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Jr., Setter, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central
Andrea was the key to extending the RedHawks winning streak to six games. She recorded 99 assists in seven sets, an average of 14.14 assists per set. By comparison, the national leader in assists per set is Alicia Glass of Penn State, who averages 12.52 assists per set. So her average for the week was over 1.5 assists per set above that. In the match against Central Michigan, Atteberry recorded her 3,000th career assist. She is only the fifth player in Miami history to reach that mark. She was also third on the team with 22 digs over the weekend, an average of 3.14 digs per set.
Ellen Herman, Ohio, Jr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Herman led Ohio to road victories over Toledo and Ball State with averages of 5.75 kills and 6.13 kills per set - both more than a full kill or point above her season average. Playing in front of her hometown fans in Toledo, she matched her career high with 27 kills on .292 hitting, while also tallying 10 digs to mark her team-leading fifth double-double of the season. She also took a career-high 65 swings and collected three total blocks en route to finishing with 28.5 points in the win over UT. She registered a match-high 19 kills in just three sets the following night, as Ohio swept Ball State at Worthen Arena. The kill total was the highest by any Ohio player in a three-set match this season. She also added seven digs and a pair of blocks against BSU to finish with 20.5 points, also an Ohio season high for a three-set outing. She hit .417 versus the Cardinals on Saturday, her second-highest mark of the campaign.
Jennifer Stewart, Akron, Sr., Libero, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Stewart dug 22 balls against Western Michigan and was 2/2 offensively recording two kills. Adding 15 digs versus Northern Illinois, Stewart finished the weekend averaging 6.16 D/S.
Kendra Halm, Bowling Green, Sr., MB, Bucyrus, Ohio/Bucyrus
Halm led the Falcons this weekend at the net with 19 kills with a mere three errors in 42 attempts averaging 3.17 kills per set, posting a .381 hitting percentage along with seven blocks averaging 1.17 blocks per set. Halm led the Falcons in both matches this weekend with a near perfect performance in the Falcons sweep over Eastern Michigan terminating nine kills with only one error in 17 attempts good for .471 hitting percentage along with six blocks. She also led the Falcons against Central Michigan despite BG’s loss recording 10 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. Halm now has amassed 1,153 career kills moving up in the BG record books now ranked ninth in program history. On the weekend Halm also totaled a team high 25 points, four digs, one assist and one service ace.
Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, So., MB, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Bignell led the Bulls in kills during both of their matches this past weekend. She also added three service aces and paced the UB blocking attack with 10 total blocks, including two solos. Bignell currently leads the Bulls in kills, hitting percentage and total blocks.
Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Jr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio/ Mount Notre Dame
Lonneman was the backbone of the CMU defense once again, as the Chippewas smothered the Bowling Green offense in a sweep of the Falcons. CMU held BGSU to a .160 hitting percentage and just 34 points, with Lonneman's 12 digs leading the way. For the week, she finished with one kill, three assists (0.429) and 32 digs (4.58).The junior libero finished with 20 digs in a hard-fought loss to Miami.
Jennifer Swartz, Eastern Michigan, So., MB, Canton, Mich./Westland John Glenn
Swartz turned in a pair of solid matches versus Mid-American Conference powers Bowling Green State University (Oct. 17) and Miami University (Oct. 18). In six sets, the Canton, Mich. native averaged 2.83 kills, 1.33 blocks, 0.33 digs, and 3.83 points. Versus the Falcons, she notched six kills, six block assists and a pair of digs for a total of 10.0 points. Then in the DigPink event versus the East Division leading RedHawks, Swartz posted 11 kills and a .381 attack percentage (11-3-21) to go along with a pair of block solos.
Lauren Jones, Kent State, So., OH, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Jones registered a pair of double-doubles last week as the Golden Flashes went 1-1 in Mid-American Conference competition. Jones totaled a team-high 39 kills (4.333 per set) with 30 digs (3.33 per set) and 33.0 points (3.67 points per set) while hitting .232 last weekend. Jones registered a double-double with 21 kills and 17 digs in the Flashes 3-2 win over Ball State (10/17). She totaled 10 kills with 13 digs in KSU’s 3-1 loss to Toledo (10/18).
Irene Johnson, Northern Illinois, Sr., OH, Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg
Johnson led the Huskies to two three-set wins over the weekend against Buffalo and Akron. On Friday vs. Bulls, she notched a team-high 12 kills, including five in the first set, and a season-best .524 attack percentage. She then tallied 11 kills and hit .379 vs. the Zips, reaching double-figures in kills for the seventh time this year. For the week, she averaged 3.83 kills per set and hit .440 to help the Huskies improve to 10-2 at home.
Caitlin Strimel, Western Michigan, Jr., Libero, Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley
Strimel had another dominating defensive performance with 21 digs per match and 7.00 digs per set to lead Western Michigan to a pair of sweeps against Akron and Buffalo. Behind Strimel's defense, WMU held its opponents to a .105 attack percentage for the weekend. Strimel had 23 digs against the Zips and 19 against the Bulls to move into a tie for 9th in MAC history with 1,736 career digs. She increased her leads in the MAC to 5.25 digs per set in all matches and 6.30 digs per set in MAC matches.