MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 9/21/2009

West Division Offensive Player of the Week

Kaitlyn Hurt, Central Michigan, Sr., MB, West Linn, Ore. /Southridge

Kaitlyn Hurt earned Sam Houston State Invitational MVP honors and led the Chippewas to a 4-0 week, including four sweeps. Hurt tallied 35 kills (2.92) and six aces (0.50) to go with 11 blocks (0.92) and eight digs (0.67). The senior middle blocker tallied nine kills in just 14 swings (.571) against UIC, added six more kills against North Texas, 11 kills in 18 swings against Lamar (.444) and nine spikes against SHSU.

 

East Division Offensive Player of the Week

Arjola Prenga, Kent State, Sr., OH, Tirana, Albania

Prenga was named Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Kent State Mizuno Open, leading the team in both kills (62) and digs (42) for the weekend. Prenga has appeared in three tournaments in her collegiate career, earning all-tournament honors in each.  In Kent State's thrilling five-set win over Utah State Friday night, which halted the Aggies five-match winning streak, Prenga recorded a career-high 27 kills. It was also a match-high in kills in the Mid-American Conference this season. In the Open's finale Saturday against Butler (who defeated KSU in straight sets earlier this season), Prenga recorded her first 20-20 game of her collegiate career with 20 kills and 21 digs. The 21 digs were a also a career-match high.

 

West Division Defensive Player of the Week

Jaime Gotham, Western Michigan, Jr., MB, Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East

Jaime Gotham was named to the T.I.S. College Bookstore IU Invitational All-Tournament Team after her defensive performance at the net helped lead the Broncos to the tournament championship and hold three opponents to .128 hitting. Gotham led the Broncos with 1.38 blocks per set after missing the previous nine matches due to injury. Gotham's top performance came against the host Hoosiers with a career-high-tying nine blocks, including two solos. Her insertion into the lineup after WMU fell behind, 2-0, against Alabama A&M keyed the Broncos' 3-2 victory over the 2008 NCAA Tournament participant.

 

East Division Defensive Player of the Week

Tori Beckman, Buffalo, Fr., Libero, Kansas City, MO/Park Hill

Beckman again led the Bulls in digs on the week with 72 in UB's four matches, averaging 5.14 digs per set and committing only one reception error. Beckman had 24 digs against Syracuse and had at least 15 digs in all three three-set victories this past weekend. Beckman also added five service aces this past week, compared to just one service error and recorded 19 assists. Beckman leads the team with 208 digs so far on the year, averaging 4.73 per set.

 

Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week

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

Senior Brionna Patterson once again led UA offensively posted 42 kills which moved her into the seventh spot on the Zips all-time kills list. Posting a .239 attack percentage, Patterson averaged 3.50 K/S over 12 sets. She also added 13 digs, five blocks and two service aces over the weekend.

 

Charde' Phillips, Ball State, Jr., MB, Elyria, Ohio/Elyria

Charde' Phillips was named to the Towson Invitational All-Tournament Team after pacing the Cardinals with a .352 (29-10-54) attack percentage in the two-day event. Phillips, who blasted 11 kills in the mid-week win over IUPUI, collected 14 kills and a .417 hitting mark versus Penn and 12 kills and a .474 attacking mark in the win over Towson. For the week, Phillips hit a team-best .324 (40-16-74), while adding seven total blocks.

 

Shari Luther, Bowling Green, Sr., MB, Colgate, Wisc./Germantown

Luther was named to the Ohio State Sports Imports Classic All-Tournament team after leading the Falcons in kills, blocks, and attack percentage at the tournament. Luther set a new career-high with 17 kills in a five-set loss to Cleveland State and added four blocks with a .421 attack percentage. She averaged 2.91 kills and hit .364 during the weekend, adding 12 blocks.

 

Marisa Hornbaker, Buffalo, Jr., OH, Colorado Springs, CO/Colorado Springs Christian

Hornbaker led the Bulls to a title at the Cornell Invitational as she led the Bulls with 50 kills on the week. Hornbaker had a career-high 22 kills against Syracuse on Tuesday night, helping the Bulls comeback from a 2-0 defict and sending the match to five sets. Hornbaker added 21 digs and four services aces. She is currently second on the team in kills and aces.

 

Jennifer Swartz, Eastern Michigan, Jr., OH, Canton, Mich. / Westland John Glenn

Swartz led the way on the weekend at the DePaul Invitational with 31 kills, a .202 attack percentage, 12 digs and 12 total blocks for a total of 39.0 points. Against host DePaul she notched 12 kills and five total blocks and followed it up with an 11 kill, seven dig three block assist performance against Sacramento State.

 

 

Michele Metzler, Miami, Jr., MB, Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg

Metzler ad overall strong week as she led Miami in hitting percentage. Her average of 2.70 kills per set was second on the team for the week. She was named to All-Tournament team at Ladyjack Invitational. Had good overall weekend as she led the team with 10 blocks overall, an average of 1.00 per set.

 

Allison McGlaughlin, Northern Illinois, So., OH, Morton, Ill./Morton

Allison McGlaughlin led the Huskies against Milwaukee in NIU's only match of the week with her fourth double-double of the season ... She led the Huskies in kills for the fourth straight match with 20 and added a career-high 19 digs, along with one assist, one block, and an ace for a total of 21.5 points.

 

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

Herman posted 4.5 kills per set this week against stiff Big Ten competition in Purdue and Illinois, two programs that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Against the nationally-ranked Illini, Herman posted a double-double which included a match-high 14 kills. She was also named to the All-Tournament team.

 

Allyson Doyle, Western Michigan, Jr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central

Allyson Doyle was named MVP of the T.I.S. College Bookstore IU Invitational after leading WMU to the tournament championship. Doyle opened the tournament by hitting .323 with 12 kills against the host Hoosiers along with nine digs and four blocks. Doyle came back to hit .562 with 10 kills and 11 digs against North Carolina A&T and .385 with 12 kills, 13 digs and four blocks against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant Alabama A&M.

 

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week

Courtney Jarvis, Akron, So., OH, Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele

Jarvis arguably played her best volleyball ever at the Wildcat Classic landing her on her first ever all-tournament team. Leading UA defensively posted 26 digs, Jarvis also added a third-best 22 kills for a team-high .370 attack percentage. Jarvis also added seven assists, three service aces and one block.

 

Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, So., Libero, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli

Schembra paced the Ball State backcourt with 51 total digs last week, while collecting double-figure digs in all four matches. She led the Cardinals in digs in three matches with 11 at IUPUI, 15 versus Penn and 12 versus Towson, while ranking second on the team with 13 against George Washington. She also added seven aces in the four matches, including a career-high five versus Towson. For the week, Schembra averaged 3.92 digs per set, raising her season average from 2.57 to 2.98.

 

Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Sr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame

Alexis Lonneman earned All-SHSU Invitational honors, averaging 5.58 digs (67 total) as CMU swept all four of its opponents last week. The senior libero also added five aces in CMU's offensive attack. Lonneman tallied 20 digs against UIC, 17 against North Texas, 15 against Lamar and 15 against Sam Houston State, again all in sweeps.

 

Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, So., Libero, Carleton, Mich. / Monore St. Mary's Catholic Central

Mason was an integral part of both the EMU defense on the week, recording 64 digs at the DePaul Invitational. Versus Sacramento State Stein notched 23 digs after tallying 22 versus DePaul and 19 against Western Kentucky.

 

Celia Sabo, Kent State, Jr., MB, Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian

Celia Sabo anchored a KSU defense that out-blocked its opponents 30.5-19.5 this past weekend to help the Golden Flashes win the 2009 Kent State/Mizuno Open. In Kent State's comeback win over Utah State after being down by two sets, Sabo was apart of a triple block that helped the Golden Flashes pull within a point after beginning the set down 4-0. In the fifth set against Butler with the score tied at 13, Sabo added a critical kill that put Kent State up for good.

 

Lisa Treadway, Miami, Fr., Libero, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne

Helped led the defense with an impressive 5.45 digs per set average. Was 95 percent on receptions with only three errors on the weekend. Was key to a strong defensive effort that held opponents to a .146 hitting percentage on the week.

 

Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North

Maddie Hughes led the Huskie defense against Milwaukee with her second straight 20-dig match and was flawless in 32 reception attempts in NIU's only match of the week.

 

Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll

Simons recorded 10 total blocks for the weekend en route to Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament honors. She also recorded 14 kills offensively.