West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Charde' Phillips, Ball State, Jr., MB, Elyria, Ohio/Elyria H.S.
Charde' Phillips was named to the 2009 Ball State Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament team after leading the Cardinals with a .477 attack percentage over the weekend's three matches. She started the two-day event with a career-high 14 kills while hitting .619 (14-1-21) versus IPFW. She scored nine more kills in BSU's win over SIU-Edwardsville, while tying her career-high with 14 more kills versus Louisville. Phillips led the Cardinals with 37 total kills on the weekend, while her eight total blocks in the tournament were also a team-best.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Brionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky
Patterson once again led the Zips on the offensive side of the ball leading UA in kills all three matches at the Ole Miss Magnolia Classic. Posting 53 kills (4.08 K/G) on the weekend, Patterson landed on the all-tournament squad for the second consecutive week. Also stellar defensively, Patterson added 22 digs and ten blocks, including two solo. Her best performance came in the Zips' 3-2 win over UA-Birmingham where she pounded out 20 kills, nine digs and three block assists.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Allyson Doyle, Western Michigan, Jr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Doyle was named to the Holiday Inn West Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team after her defensive effort in both the front row and back row helped WMU finish in second place and hold its three opponents to a .159 attack percentage. Doyle had 38 digs (3.8 dps), including 17 against Wake Forest and 14 against No. 33 Dayton, while adding eight blocks (.8 bps) with three each against Wake Forest and Illinois State. She also hit .300 and contributed 26 kills (2.6 kps).
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Lisa Treadway, Miami, Fr., Libero, Dayton/Chaminade Julienne
Treadway was top on team in digs with an average of 3.83 digs per set and recording 46 digs on the weekend. Also recorded three service aces on the weekend.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the WeekMegan Rodriguez, Akron, Sr., Libero, Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
Rodriguez started each match for UA at the Ole Miss Magnolia Classic. Grabbing 32 digs, Rodriguez added five assists, one service ace and one kill. Her best performance came in the Zips 3-2 win over Horizon League powerhouse UW-Milwaukee where she grabbed 13 digs in the libero position.
Christie Waters, Ball State, So., Libero/DS, Muncie, Ind./Burris Laboratory School
Sophomore Christie Waters paced the Cardinals with 41 digs in the 2009 Ball State Active Ankle Challenge. In BSU's three matches, Waters averaged 3.73 digs-per-set. She tallied 18 digs in the Cardinals win over IPFW, while adding 16 in the victory over SIU-Edwardsville. She also tallied seven versus Louisville, while adding a kill.
Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Sr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Lonneman earned All-Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational honors, tallying 54 digs in just 10 sets (5.4). The senior libero spearheaded a strong Chippewas defense that allowed opponents to hit just .128 on the weekend. She also added four aces and eight assists. The Cincinnati native tallied 14 digs in three sets against Green Bay, 30 in four sets against Big Ten foe Iowa, and 10 in three sets against South Dakota State, to go with three aces. Lonneman helped the Chippewas hold South Dakota State to a -.095 hitting percentage in the final match of the weekend.
Jennifer Swartz, Eastern Michigan, Jr., MB Canton, Mich. / Westland John Glenn
Swartz was the Eagles' leading blocker at the Hampton Inn & Suites Northern Colorado Classic with an average of 1.00 per set. She led an EMU defensive front that averaged 1.3 blocks per set as opponents hit .261.
Lauren Jones, Kent State, Jr., OH, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Recorded nine of her 13 blocks on the season this week. Jones recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs in Kent State's 3-2 loss to Morehead State.
Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
Simons also hit .365 for the week offensively with 27 kills (2.08 per set) and a pair of aces.
Liz Sundburg, Toledo, Sr., MB, Holland MI/West Ottawa
Helped Rockets to their second straight tournament title and led UT with 1.08 blocks per set in addition to posting a .294 ATK%. She tallied four or blocks in each match, including five in the championship match vs. Harvard.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Players of the Week
Emily Kauth, Bowling Green, So., M, Vandalia, Ohio/Chaminade-Julienne
Kauth helped lead Bowling Green to a 2-1 record at the Radisson New Orleans Airport Privateer Invitational over the weekend. She averaged 3.2 kills per set, hitting .411, and adding six blocks. In a four-set win over Texas Tech, she did it all, setting a career-high with 15 kills and tossing in four blocks, four digs, and a pair of service aces. She followed that up with a team-high 10 kills and a .562 attack percentage (10-1-16) in the team's three-set win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Dani Silvers, Buffalo, Sr., OH, Waynseville, NC/Tuscola
Silvers led the Bulls to a win at the Nittany Lion Invitational and also led UB to a solid showing against Pitt. Silvers had 20 kills in a win against Robert Morris, her second 20-kill performance of the season. She also added 13 kills and just two errors against Pittsburgh. Silver currently leads the Bulls in kills.
Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Jr., Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Krupsky earned all-Green Bay Country Inn and Suites Invitational honors by pounding out 41 kills in 10 sets (4.1/set) over three matches during the weekend round robin. The junior outside hitter was dominant, posting a career-best 18 kills in just three sets against Green Bay while hitting .310. She also added two aces against the Phoenix. Against Iowa, the Livonia native finished with 13 kills in four sets, and against South Dakota State she managed 10 in just three sets to go with two more aces.
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Fr., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
Freshman outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello continued her sensational start to the 2009 campaign, racking up 3.54 kills per set and 2.38 digs per set in four matches during the week. She led EMU on the week with 46 kills and ranked third on the squad in digs with 31. Her best showing of the week was an 18 kill performance in the opener of the Hampton Inn & Suites Northern Colorado Classic versus the University of Miami (Fla.), Sept., 4. The 18 put-a-ways is a career best for the Plymouth, Mich. native and is the most kills by an EMU student-athlete since Victoria Randolph accumulated 19 kills last season versus Kent State University, Nov. 15, 2008. The total is also the most by an EMU freshman since Melissa Bartlett powered down 20 kills versus Oakland University, Sept. 11, 2004, in the finale of the Michigan/Pepsi Challenge in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Arjola Prenga, Kent State, Sr., MB, Riga, Latvia/Latvijas Universitate
In her first two collegiate matches of her career Saturday, recording a double-double in attacks and digs both games (23 kills, 15 digs vs. Morehead State and 20 kills, 18 digs vs. Cornell). Prenga, who did not even play in the first match of the tournament against George Mason, was named the the Patriot Invitational all-tournament team. Prenga averaged more than five kills and four digs per set.
Cassie Yates, Northern Illinois, Sr., LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte
Yates hit .439 (38-9-66) during the past week over 12 sets with 3.17 kills/set and 11 blocks (0.92/set) against four opponents, three of which were in the top 100 RPI (Northern Iowa, Middle Tennessee State, and Georgia Tech). In NIU's sweep over Bradley, she tied a career-high with 18 kills (18-3-25, .600) and notched six blocks. Against UNI, she had eight kills (8-2-16, .375) and a block. Versus MTSU, she had four kills (4-1-10, .300), two assists, an ace, and a block. Against GT, she had eight kills (8-3-15, .333), one assist, and three blocks.
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Jr., OH, Louisville, Ky./Presentation Academy
Jacobi was named to the Blue Raider Bash All-Tournament Team. She tied her career-high twice this week with 17 kills against both Northern Iowa and Georgia Tech. She had 3.23 kills/set in addition to seven blocks for the weekend.
Sondra Parys, Toledo, Fr., OH, Crystal Lake, IL/Prairie Ridge
Parys registered a .266 attack percentage along with 3.67 kills per set to help the Rockets register their second straight tournament title to open the 2009 campaign. She registered 18 kills and an impressive .425 attack percentage in UT's championship win over the host Crimson. Parys also tallied 16 kills and a .220 ATK in a 3-2 win over Stony Brook.
Katie Eberling, Western Michigan, Sr., OH, Palos Hills, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg
Eberling was named to the Holiday Inn West Bronco Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Broncos to a second place finish. Eberling led the team with a .323 attack percentage, while compiling 2.5 kills and 3.1 digs per set. Her best match came against No. 33 Dayton in the championship match with 12 kills, .429 attack percentage and 10 digs.