MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 9/20/2010
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Courtney Jarvis, Akron, Jr., OH, Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele

Junior Courtney Jarvis once again led the Zips offensively leading UA in kills for every match in Akron's 3-0 sweep at the Colgate Invitational. Posting 53 on the weekend in 121 attempts to only nine errors, Jarvis totaled a .364 hitting percentage in the wins. Comparably as dominant defensively, Jarvis also posted 44 digs, laid down seven service aces and had two assists. By far, Jarvis' best game came against tournament host Colgate as she had a season-high 27 kills and 23 digs in the five set win.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Fr., L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green

Ashley Dunn averaged 4.71 digs per set as Bowling Green went 3-2 on the week, including 3-1 at Pittsburgh's Blue and Gold Invitational over the weekend. Dunn had at least 16 digs in all five matches on the week, peaking with 26 in a four-set win over St. Francis (Pa.). She added 20 in a three-set win over Robert Morris.

West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) registered a team-high 42 kills (4.67/set) to lead NIU to a 2-1 record over the week ... She tallied double-figure kills in all three matches and has done so in 13 straight ... She also led the team in points with 45.5 (5.06/set) ... Against Wisconsin, she put up 15 kills and a .294 attack percentage ... In a 3-0 win over Youngstown State, she notched 15 kills and a .310 attack percentage ... With 12 kills and an ace in a 3-0 win over Iowa, she led the Huskies to their first win over a Big Ten opponent since 2001.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, Jr., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich./Lawton
Junior Ashley Turnage was named Most Valuable Player after leading Western Michigan to the Seton Hall Invitational championship. Turnage's defense was key as she averaged 1.70 blocks and 1.60 digs from her middle blocker position as the Broncos' limited their three opponents to a .139 attack percentage. Turnage started the tournament with a career-high eight block assists against Northeastern and then came back with a career-high nine digs and three more blocks against tournament host Seton Hall. She finished the tournament with six more blocks and five digs to hold UMBC to .083 attacking as WMU clinched the tournament title. Turnage was also on her game offensively as she started the tournament with a career-high 13 kills against Northeastern and hit .385. She increased her career high to 14 kills against Seton Hall and hit .367. Turnage also served three aces in the tournament.



Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So, L, Stow, Ohio/Stow

Sophomore Chelsea Harvey once again proved outstanding for UA in the back court at the Colgate Invitational. Leading Akron to a 3-0 sweep at the event, Harvey posted 48 digs on the defensive end to only two errors. Harvey's best matches came against tournament host Colgate and Cornell where she combined for 39 of her weekend digs.

Alyssa Rio, Ball State, Sr., L, Wayne, Ill./St. Francis
Ball State senior libero was named to the 2010 Tar Heel Classic All-Tournament team after leading all players in the tournament with 71 total digs. In the Cardinals match versus tournament host North Carolina, Rio collected a match-best and season-high 33 digs. She followed with 16 in the sweep of Temple and 22 in the come-from-behind win over Appalachian State. Both efforts were match-highs. Her ninth dig versus Temple moved her past Sarah Obras for second on BSU's all-time career digs list. She also finished the tournament with a .977 reception percentage, with only one reception error in 45 attempts. Rio added a pair of service aces in the win over Temple as well.

Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, Sr., MB/RS, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Kristin Bignell had 20 total blocks on the weekend, averaging 1.18 per set. Bigell also had 38 kills in the tournament. She had six block assists against Hofstra and Bryant, while adding five blocks, including a solo against Air Force. Bignell leads the Bulls with 53 total blocks on the year.

Lisa Johnson, Central Michigan, Sr., DS/Libero, Alto, Mich. (Lowell HS)
Lisa Johnson stepped in at libero after one set on Friday and played her best volleyball of the season, averaging 3.3 digs per set and putting together a .977 reception percentage on the weekend. The senior from Alto, Mich., finished with a season-high 18 digs against North Florida and added 17 more against College of Charleston. She helped the Chippewas' defense hold opponents to a .174 hitting percentage on the weekend.

Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, Jr., L, Carleton, Mich. / Monroe St. Mary's Catholic Central
Junior Haley Stein averaged 5.08 digs per set in three matches on the week. Stein's best match came against High Point when she pulled up a season-high 36 digs while adding a kill. Stein also chipped in 17 digs against Davidson after posting 13 versus Boise State.

Kristen Barr, Kent State, Sr., L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Barr led the way for the Golden Flashes on the defensive end in the Kent State/Mizuno Open, tallying 63 digs in three matches.

Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Sr., St. Charles, Ill./North
Senior libero Maddie Hughes (St. Charles, Ill./North) led the NIU back row with 33 digs (3.67/set) as the Huskies went 2-1 over the week ... Hughes also was successful in 54 of 57 serve reception attempts and helped NIU hold its opponents to a .163 attack percentage ... Versus Wisconsin, she totaled eight digs and one error in 21 reception attempts ... In a sweep of Youngstown State, she had seven digs and one error in 19 receptions ... While sweeping Iowa for NIU's first win over a Big Ten opponent since 2001, she tallied 18 digs and one error in 17 receptions ... Her performance against the Hawkeyes marked her ninth match with double-digit digs.

Michelle Jantsch, Ohio, Sr., S, Mission Hills, Kan./St. Teresa Academy
Led Ohio with 108 assists this weekend and tops the team with 499 this season... Had a double-double with 43 assists and 20 digs against TCU ... The 20 digs was a season-high ... Had five kills, 30 assists and four blocks against UAB ... Had three kills, 35 assists and three blocks ... Led the team in service aces with four.

Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Paige Penrod was named to Pittsburgh's Blue and Gold All-Tournament Team over the weekend after leading the Falcons to a 3-1 record at the tournament. In five matches on the week, Penrod averaged 3.67 kills per set and hit at a .263 clip, scoring 4.21 points per set. She added a team-high eight service aces and also had 40 digs and seven blocks. In a hard-fought five-set loss to Pittsburgh, Penrod posted a career-high 20 kills and she had at least 11 in all five matches during the week. She also serve received at a .958 clip and had four aces to go with 13 kills and three blocks in a four-set win over St. Francis (Pa.).

Christine Fritsche, Buffalo, Fr, OH, Parma, OH/Padua
Christine Fritsche was named to the All-Tournament team at the West Point Challenge where she recorded a career-high 17 kills on Sunday agains the host Black Knights. She also had 12 kills in UB's 3-0 win over Air Force. The Parma, OH native recorded a career-high four service aces against Bryant.

Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Sr., OH, Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Lauren Krupsky became the 13th player in Central Michigan history to reach the 1,000 career kill mark with 10 against Radford, reaching the milestone on the match's final point. Krupsky finished with 39 kills on the weekend and hit .308 to earn all-tournament honors at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston. It was the fourth all-tournament honor of the season for the senior outside hitter, who averaged 3.4 points per set.

Jenn Swartz, Eastern Michigan, Sr., MB, Canton, Mich. / Westland John Glenn
Senior Jenn Swartz averaged 2.23 kills, 0.62 blocks and 2.65 points per set as the Eagles finished the weekend with a 1-2 mark at the Wildcat Invitational in Davidson, N.C., Sept. 17-18. Swartz's best match came in the finale against High Point when she posted 12 kills and three block assists in the five-set thriller. The senior middle blocker also had 11 kills in the 3-2 win over host Davidson Friday night.

Liva Brivule, Kent State, Jr., MB, Riga, Latvia/Latvijas Universitate
Brivule posted a double-double in all three matches of the Kent State/Mizuno Open, tallying 22 kills and 11 digs vs. Duquesne (Sept. 17), 11 kills and 11 digs vs. Louisiana Monroe (Sept. 18) and 20 kills and 14 digs vs. Syracuse.

Amy Raseman , Miami, Jr., OH, Barrington, Ill./Barrington
Amy was best hitter on the week with 30 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. She averaged 3.00 kills per set. Only made five errors the entire weekend on 60 attempts. Against undefeated Indiana had .529 hitting percentage with nine kills and zero errors on 17 attempts.

Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy
Led the team in kills with 51 and was named to the Nike TCU Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Recorded three more double-doubles which runs her streak to five matches ... Picked up 25 kills and a career-high 21 digs in the match against TCU ... Had 13 kills and a season-high four blocks in only three games against UAB.

Becca Reidy, Toledo, Fr., OH, Indianapolis, IN
Freshman Becca Reidy led Toledo with a .467 attack percentage in the Rockets' 3-0 loss to Michigan State. Reidy tallied eight kills with just one error in 15 attack attempts against the Spartans.

Jessica Brown, Western Michigan, So, MB, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Brown was named to the Seton Hall Invitational All-Tournament team after helping Western Michigan win the tournament championship. Brown led the Broncos with 37 kills and was second on the team with a .321 attack percentage. Brown started the tournament by hitting .400 with 12 kills, two digs and two blocks. She followed that against the tournament host with a WMU season-high 18 kills against Seton Hall, while hitting .382. She added an additional seven kills and two blocks in the tournament championship victory over UMBC.