MAC Announces Volleyball Players of the Week

Updated 10/19/2009
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, So., MB/OH, Highland, Mich./Milford
Kaitlyn Schultz put together a monster weekend, using just 40 swings to tally 30 kills against Miami and Bowling Green. Making just three errors, she hit an eye-popping .675 on the weekend. She added seven blocks to account for 34.5 points in the two matches. The sophomore registered 11 kills in 15 swings and two blocks against the RedHawks on Friday and followed up the effort with a 19 kill (25 attempts), five block effort against the Falcons on Saturday.

East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Kristin Bignell, Buffalo, Jr., RH, Drayton, Ontario/Norwell District
Bignell led the team in hitting percentage on the weekend with .368, as she had 14 kills in the win over Western Michigan and 12 kills over Northern Illinois. Bignell also helped pace an improved blocking attack with six total blocks, including two solos. Bignell currently leads the Bulls in blocking.

West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Maddie Hughes, Northern Illinois, Jr., Libero, St. Charles, Ill./North
Maddie Hughes helped the Huskies go 2-0 over the weekend as NIU earned its first two conference road wins of the season. In eight sets, she totaled 42 digs (5.25/set) and had no errors in 34 reception attempts. In NIU's 3-1 win at Buffalo, she had 24 digs and no errors in 20 reception attempts. In NIU's 3-1 win at Akron, she had 18 digs and no errors in 14 reception attempts. She has now totaled double-figure digs in all but two matches and has had 20 or more digs in five of her last seven matches.

East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Tori Beckman, Buffalo, Fr., Libero, Kansas City, MO/Park Hill
Beckman averaged 33.5 digs on the weekend as she set a career-high twice in digs. Beckman became the first UB player to record at least 30 digs in a match since 2006 when she had 31 digs against NIU. That career high lasted all of one day as Beckman recorded 36 digs against Western Michigan, the most by a UB player since Rebecca Meade had 33 digs against Youngstown State on Sept. 5, 1999. Beckman is first on the team with 360 digs so far on the year.


Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Brionna Patterson, Akron, Sr., OH, Sandusky, Ohio/Sandusky
Senior Brionna Patterson posted two double-doubles against Western Michigan and Northern Illinois last weekend which marks her fourth straight. Posting double-figure kills in 21 of 22 matches on the season, Patterson once again led the Zips posting a combined 43 kills (4.78 K/S) over the Bronocs and Huskies. She added 25 digs, which was second on the UA squad, two assists, two service aces and one block assist. In Akron's 3-2 win over Western Michigan, UA's first since Nov. 7, 2003, Patterson matched her career-high in kills posting 26 for the second consecutive game. Against NIU, Patterson led UA on both sides of the ball putting up 17 kills, the only Zips in double figures, while adding a team-high 15 digs.

Brittany McGinnis, Ball State, So., Setter, Fraser, Mich./Fraser
Brittany McGinnis helped guide the Cardinals to a .257 to .248 edge in hitting in Saturday's match at Ohio, handing out 29 assists over the three sets. She also added eight digs and one block, helping the Cardinals out-dig and out-block the Bobcats. In Friday's match at Kent State, McGinnis led the Cardinals with a .857 attacking mark, as she blasted six kills on seven swings with no errors. She also dished out 22 assists, while collecting four digs. For the week, McGinnis hit .700 while averaging 8.50 assists-per-set.

Kaitlin Jackson, Bowling Green, Sr., OH, Toronto, Ontario/Richview Collegiate Institute
Kaitlin Jackson had at least 13 kills in all three of Bowling Green's matches this week, including setting a new career high with 17 to lead the Falcons to a win over Eastern Michigan. Jackson had double-doubles in both of the weekend MAC matches and her 17 kills, 19 dig, two ace, two block performance guided the Falcons to the victory over EMU that ended the team's 11-match losing streak. Jackson had 13 kills and six digs in a non-conference mid-week match with Cleveland State and finished out the week with 16 kills, 15 digs and three blocks against Central Michigan. She averaged 3.8 kills and 3.3 digs per set on the week.

Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, So., MB/OH, Highland, Mich./Milford
Kaitlyn Schultz put together a monster weekend, using just 40 swings to tally 30 kills against Miami and Bowling Green. Making just three errors, she hit an eye-popping .675 on the weekend. She added seven blocks to account for 34.5 points in the two matches. The sophomore registered 11 kills in 15 swings and two blocks against the RedHawks on Friday and followed up the effort with a 19 kill (25 attempts), five block effort against the Falcons on Saturday.

Jennifer Swartz, Eastern Michigan, Jr., OH, Canton, Mich./Westland John Glenn
In eight sets played this week, Jennifer Swartz led the Eagles in kills (28) and points (31.5) as the Eagles struggled in a pair of setbacks at Bowling Green, Oct. 16, and Miami, Oct. 17. Versus the Falcons, the Canton, Mich. Native threw down a career-best 19 kills on the night, besting her previous standard of 15 against Oakland University, Oct. 6. That night in Bowling Green, Ohio she finished with a .405 attack percentage, five digs and three block assists.

Meredith Paskert, Kent State, Fr., MB, Freshman, Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
In Kent State's split with Ball State and Toledo, Paskert had 16 kills on 33 attempts for a .424 hitting percentage. She was also second on the team this weekend with seven total blocks, an average of .88 blocks per set.

Michele Metzler, Miami, Jr., MH, Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg
Was team's leader in hitting percentage over the weekend at .327. She continued to be a steady presence in the middle, putting down 22 kills, an average of 2.75 per set. Recorded double-digit kills in both games, scoring 10 against Central Michigan and 12 against Eastern Michigan. Also scored for RedHawks by contributed seven blocks (one solo six assisted).

Meagan Schoenrock, Northern Illinois, Sr., OH, Sylvania, Ohio/Northview
Meagan Schoenrock helped the Huskies go 2-0 over the weekend as NIU picked up its first two conference road wins of the season. In eight sets she tallied 45 kills (5.62/set), hit .327 and had eight blocks (1.00/set ). In NIU's 3-1 win at Buffalo, she tallied 25 kills with a.377 attack percentage and tallied three blocks. In NIU's 3-1 win at Akron, she totaled 20 kills with a .271 attack percentage and had a season-high five blocks. She has now totaled 20 or more kills in three of her last four matches and is averaging 4.36 kills per set in MAC play.

Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
Simons posted 23 kills (3.29 per set), while hitting .352 this week with a pair of assists. It was a great all-around week for Simons as she also recorded 11 total blocks (1.57 per set) and had 29 points (4.14 per set). The junior posted nine block assists against the Rockets.

Sondra Parys, Toledo, Fr., OH, Crystal Lake, IL/Prairie Ridge
Sondra Parys registered 3.00 kills per set and a .169 attack percentage to help the Rockets split a pair of matches at Ohio and Kent State. In UT's 3-2 win over the Golden Flashes, she tallied 16 kills to help Toledo come back from a 2-1 deficit.

Allyson Doyle, Western Michigan, Jr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Allyson Doyle was Western Michigan's most efficient and prolific offensive player in a pair of five-set matches on the road. Doyle averaged 3.50 kills per set, while hitting .319 and added 2.80 digs and 0.90 blocks per set. Doyle started the weekend with 18 kills, nine digs, four assists and three blocks at Akron, while hitting .375. She came back to hit .275 with 17 kills, 19 digs and season-high six blocks against Buffalo.

Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, Fr., Libero, Stow, Ohio/Stow
Defensively against Western Michigan and Northern Illinois this past weekend the backcourt was led by freshman Chelsea Harvey who posted a combined 43 digs with no reception errors. Her best performance came in the Zips 3-2 win over WMU, UA's first since Nov. 7, 2003, when she put up a career-high 30 digs for UA, the first Zip to achieve 30 thus far this season.

Kaylee Schembra, Ball State, So., Libero, Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli
Kaylee Schembra led the Cardinals with 34 digs over the two matches last week, racking up a match-high 15 digs at Kent State and a match-best 19 digs at Ohio. For the week, Schembra averaged 5.67 digs per set, well above her season average of 3.06 entering the week. She finished the week with a 3.27 digs-per-set average. Schembra also dished out eight assists over the two matches.

Alex Zlabis, Bowling Green, Jr., Libero, Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South
Alex Zlabis set a career-high with 27 digs, helping Bowling Green to a five-set win over Eastern Michigan Friday night. Zlabis went over 20 digs for the third time in her career, but just the first time in 2009 as she sparked the Falcons to a win that snapped the team's 11-match losing streak. She also added two service aces in the win. Despite a four-set loss to Central Michigan the next afternoon, Zlabis again had a strong match, finishing with 18 digs. In the two weekend MAC matches, she averaged 5.0 digs per set.

Alexis Lonneman, Central Michigan, Sr., Libero, Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame
Alexis Lonneman finished with another strong defensive weekend, bringing up 42 digs (4.67) and helping the Chippewas hold opponents to a .207 hitting percentage. The senior libero was also 43-of-45 (.953) in service receptions in the two matches. Lonneman piled up 23 digs and was 29-for-30 in service receptions in five sets against Miami on Friday and finished with 19 digs and was 12-for-13 in service receptions in four sets against the Falcons.

Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, So., Libero, Carleton, Mich./Monore St. Mary's Catholic Central
A defensive rock, Stein stabilized the EMU defense on week with a team-best 34 digs in two matches this week. She also notched a .879 reception percentage to go along with three set assists.

Liva Brivule, Kent State, MB, Riga, Latvia/Latvijas Universitate
Brivule led the team with 13 total blocks this weekend as Kent State, as a team, out-blocked its opponent 23.5-12. She also added 17 kills this weekend with six against Ball State and 11 against Toledo. This season, Brivule has recorded five or more blocks in nine matches this season.

Maria Leahy, Miami, Sr., OH, St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy
Had strongest overall weekend for a Miami player, leading the team in digs and kills in both matches. She had 29 digs in only two matches, an impressive average of 3.62 per set. She had double-doubles in both matches, as she also had double digit kills in those games. She helped hold the opposition to a .206 hitting percentage and also put down three service aces.

Meghan Simons, Ohio, Sr., MB, Lancaster, Ohio/Bloom Carroll
Simons recorded 11 total blocks (1.57 per set) and had 29 points (4.14 per set). The junior posted nine block assists against the Rockets. It was a great all-around week as she also posted 23 kills (3.29 per set), while hitting .352 with a pair of assists.

Allyson Doyle, Western Michigan, Jr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Allyson Doyle was one of the Broncos top defensive performers in both the front row and back row in a pair of five-set road matches. In the back row, Doyle averaged 2.80 digs per set and had a .964 serve reception percentage in 55 attempts. She came back in the front row and compiled nine total blocks to average 0.90 blocks per set from the outside. Doyle started the week with nine digs and three block assists against Akron, before exploding with 19 digs and season-high six block assists against Buffalo. Doyle also was a perfect 36-of-36 on serve receive against the Bulls. Finally, Doyle was WMU's best offensive player on the weekend with a team-high 3.50 kills per set and .319 attack percentage.