West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Jessica Brown, Western Michigan, Fr., MB, Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood
Jessica Brown hit an outstanding .556 with 31 kills and only one error in three wins for the Broncos. She started the week by hitting .565 with 13 kills and four total blocks against 2008 NCAA Tournament second round participant Cincinnati. In her first career MAC matches, Brown hit .471 with nine kills and two total blocks at Toledo and then added nine kills hitting a career-high .643 with a career-high six total blocks, including two solo stuffs, in a three-set win at Ball State.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Andrea Atteberry, Miami, Sr., Setter, Schererville, Ind./Lake Central
Had overall great week both as an offensive player and as the setter creating the offense. On Friday she became the third player in Miami history to record her 4,000th career assist. She followed that up Sunday with her first career triple-double. She had a career high 10 kills to go along with 35 assists and 13 digs. She was very smart in her decisions as to when to attack as she led the team with a .455 hitting percentage for the week.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Sr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Alexis Lonneman finished with 38 digs (4.75) in eight sets last weekend as the MAC's leader in digs continues to add to her total. She finished with 26 digs in five sets against the Eagles to go with an ace and a perfect night in service receptions (28-for-28), and backed it up with a 19 dig night and 19-for-21 effort in service receptions in three sets against the Bobcats.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Maria Leahy, Miami, Sr., OH, St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy
Continued to be one of the leaders defensively despite also being the top offensive threat with 3.25 kills per set last week. Was second on the team with an average of 3.62 digs per set and only made four errors on reception. Also helped lead the RedHawk defense into forcing the opposition to a .113 hitting percentage for the week.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Brionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky
Patterson led UA on the weekend posting a combined 33 kills against BGSU and Miami. Versus the Falcons Patterson grabbed a season-high 24 kills. On the weekend, Patterson also added eight digs and four block assists.
Alisha Green, Ball State, Sr., OH, Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest
Green helped guide the Cardinals to a 1-1 Mid-American Conference record last weekend by collecting double-figure kills in each match. In Friday’s win over Northern Illinois, Green smashed 11 kills and hit .242 (11-3-33). Saturday against Western Michigan, Green recorded a match-high 14 kills to go along with a .281 (14-5-32) attacking mark. For the week, Green averaged 4.17 kills per set, which was over one kill per set higher than her average entering the week 3.15.
Shari Luther, Bowling Green, Sr., M, Colgate, Wisc./Germantown
Shari Luther hit .366, averaging 3.0 kills per set, in three matches for the Falcons. She added a team-high 10 blocks on the week, including three of the solo variety. In a four-set loss to Buffalo, Luther tied her career high with 17 kills, with just one error, and hit .457. She added two blocks in that match.
Marisa Hornbaker, Buffalo, Jr., OH, Colorado Springs, CO/Colorado Springs Christian
Hornbaker led the Bulls to a 1-1 weekend on the road as she led the Bulls in kills in both games. Hornbaker had her second career 20-kill match against Bowling Green as she had 21 kills on a career-high 48 total attempts. Hornbaker also added two service aces on the weekend.
Lauren Krupsky, Central Michigan, Jr., OH, Livonia, Mich./Livonia Churchill
Lauren Krupsky tallied 28 kills (3.50) in eight sets last week as the Chippewas split the opening weekend of league play. She added a pair of aces, six digs and an assist as well. Krupsky finished with 18 kills and two aces against the Eagles, and finished with 10 kills against the Bobcats.
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Fr., OH, Plymouth, Mich. / Dearborn Divine Child
Freshman outside hitter Rachel Iaquaniello paced the Eagles in her first taste of Mid-American Conference action. Despite a pair of losses, Iaquaniello turned in a team-best 27 kills, 27.5 points and a .239 hitting percentage to go along with 25 digs. Her best match came in the back-and-fourth opener versus Central Michigan, when she racked up 18 put-a-ways and 16 digs for her fifth double-double of the year.
Liva Brivule, Kent State, So., MB, Riga, Latvia/Latvijas Universitate
Brivule recorded a season-high 19 kills on only four errors and 38 total attack for a .395 hitting percentage. She narrowly missed her first collegiate double-double with eight digs. With eight blocks in six sets, Brivule is fourth in the conference with 1.03 blocks per set.
Allison McGlaughlin, Northern Illinois, So., OH, Morton, Ill./Morton
Allison McGlaughlin helped the Huskies go 1-2 over the week with 56 kills (4.67/set) in 12 sets with an ace, two blocks and 37 digs (3.08), posting her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the year ... In NIU's 3-1 win over DePaul, she tallied a career-best 26 kills, while hitting .316, with 11 digs, an ace and two blocks ... Against Ball State, she had six kills and seven digs ... Versus Toledo, she totaled 24 kills, while hitting .327, with a career-high tying 19 digs.
Ellen Herman, Ohio, Sr., OH, Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
Herman averaged 6.0 kills per set in the Bobcats' sweeps this week. She also posted 14 digs and three total blocks.
Sondra Parys, Toledo, Fr., OH, Crystal Lake, IL/Prairie Ridge
Sondra Parys led the Rockets with 4.12 kills per set and posted a .267 hitting mark in the opening weekend of MAC play. She recorded a season-high 25 kills and a .340 attack percentage vs. the Broncos.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Courtney Jarvis, Akron, So., OH, Amherst Steele/Amherst, Ohio
Sophomore Courtney Jarvis finished second on the team this weekend in kills and digs. Grabbing 26 kills for a team-high .200 hitting percentage, Jarvis also added 23 digs in the backcourt. Posting a double-double against both BGSU and Miami, Jarvis was the only Zip in double figured kills (13) and digs (11) against Miami.
Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, So., Libero, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli
Sophomore libero Kaylee Schembra paced the Cardinals with 22 digs in last weekend’s two matches. After posing nine in the three-set sweep of Northern Illinois, Schembra added a match-best 13 digs in versus Western Michigan. She finished the week with a .958 reception percentage, with only two errors in 48 attempts. In addition, Schembra handed out five assists in the two matches, while landing all 30 of her serves in play.
Lindsey Schlegel, Buffalo, Jr., Setter, Lancaster, NY/Lancaster
Schlegel finished the weekend with 27 digs, while adding a block for the Bulls as they went 1-1 on the weekend. Schlegel added 85 assists, including a season-high 48 in the win over Bowling Green. Schlegel also recorded two service aces on the weekend.
Ashley Mason, Eastern Michigan, So., Setter, Eastlake, Ohio / Lake Catholic
Mason was an integral part of both the EMU offense and defense on the week, recording 30 digs, two blocks assists, seven kills and 59 set assists. Versus the Chippewas, Mason chipped in 19 digs, two blocks and four kills, while against the Golden Flashes she picked up 11 digs and three kills.
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes helped NIU go 1-2 over the week with 58 digs (4.83/set) and one error in 42 reception attempts over 12 sets ... In NIU's 3-1 win over DePaul, she had a season-high tying 26 digs and one error in 28 reception attempts ... Versus Ball State, she tallied 12 digs and had no errors in 14 reception attempts ... Against Toledo, she totaled 20 digs, marking the fifth time this season that she has reached 20 or more digs in a match.
Sarah Petrulis, Ohio, Sr., DS, Westlake, Ohio/Magnificat
Petrulis averaged 4.17 digs per set this week in the sweeps over Kent State and Central Michigan. She also recorded two assists and had a pair of aces.
Amber DeWeerdt, Toledo, So., OH, Plainfield, IL/North
Amber DeWeerdt averaged a team-high 4.22 digs per set to help the Rockets split their opening MAC weekend vs. WMU and NIU. She collected a career-high 26 digs vs. the Broncos and tallied 12 vs. the Huskies. She also averaged 3.67 kills per set including 19 and a .267 ATK% in UT's win over NIU.
Ashley Turnage, Western Michigan, So., MB, Schoolcraft, Mich./Lawton
Turnage sparked the WMU defense to hold Toledo and Ball State to .150 hitting behind WMU's average of 2.93 blocks per set. Turnage led the Broncos with 1.33 blocks per set as she had seven kills, four blocks and two digs against Toledo. She contributed four blocks, three of the solo variety, and six kills hitting .455 to shut Ball State down to .093 hitting as a team and limit the MAC's leading hitter to .056 hitting and only four kills.