East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Kelly Lamberti, Ohio, So., OH, Cary, Ill./Cary Grove
Lamberti led Ohio in kills this weekend against two nationally-ranked foes, No. 10 Kentucky and No. 17 Oregon. She notched a double-double with a match-best 18 kills and 11 digs against the Wildcats on Friday. Lamberti then led the Bobcats with 19 kills and hit .341 against the Ducks. She also notched seven kills, seven digs and five blocks in the win over WCU.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Serena Warner, Ohio, So., MB, Houston, Texas
Named to Baymont Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 17 kills and hitting .400 while leading the squad with 15 blocks. She notched a match-high six blocks against the nationally-ranked Ducks. Warner had eight kills while hitting over .700 in the win against WCU. She also had a match-best six blocks against the nationally-ranked Wildcats.
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Jessica Brown, Western Michigan, So. MB, Kentwood, Mich. / East Kentwood
was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2012 Panther Invitational, hosted by Milwaukee. Brown was essential in the Broncos winning the tournament by posting the only perfect 3-0 record for any team over the weekend, including sweeps over Southeast Missouri State and Bradley and a comeback win against the hosting Panthers; the Broncos trailed 2-0 against Milwaukee before rallying back for a 3-2 win. Brown had a match-high 13 kills in the win over SEMO, committing just two errors to record a .458 hitting percentage; in addition, Brown had a match-high five blocks against the Redhawks. Brown battled her way to 13 kills, five digs, and four blocks against Milwaukee, and recorded two of the most important plays in the match in the process: Brown recorded the set-winning point in the fourth set with a service ace, and would record the match-winning kill in the fifth set as well. Against Bradley, Brown recorded 11 kills through two sets, and played just sparingly in the third set as the Broncos cruised to the three-set sweep win.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Jr., L, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Phillip Catholic Central
Lena Oliver was named the Tournament MVP of the Panther Invitational, averaging 5.27 digs and 1.45 assists per set for the Broncos in their three wins over the weekend. Oliver had a match-high 17 digs against Southeast Missouri State in the team’s 3-0 victory, and finished just one assist shy of the double-double as she contributed nine helpers to the cause. With Oliver in the back row, the Broncos held the Redhawks to just a .158 hitting percentage for the match, and the Broncos out-dug the Redhawks 67-58. Oliver was essential in the Broncos’ comeback against Milwaukee in the nightcap on Friday, helping her team come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the match 3-2. Oliver had a team-high 22 digs as the Broncos held Milwaukee to just .179 hitting, and led a unit that had five total players reach double-digits in digs. Oliver wrapped the weekend and clinched the Tournament MVP nod with her match-high 19-dig performance against Bradley, helping the Broncos to a 65-42 advantage in digs over the Braves. Throughout the entire weekend, Oliver was not aced a single time.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, Sr. OH, Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Chelsea Harvey was instrumental in Akron’s defense last weekend, both at the net and in the back line. Harvey picked up six digs in the Zips’ 3-0 rout of Quinnipiac, but she really displayed her talent up front, laying out three solo blocks to assist in holding the Bobcats to a -.013 attack percentage. Against Montana State, she led both teams with 18 digs to keep the Zips alive. Over the course of the two matches, Harvey recorded just two receiving errors, despite being targeted 30 times. She also put down 10 kills in each match, giving her a double-double against Montana State, her second of the season.
Catie Fredrich, Ball State, Jr., L, Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls
Led the Cardinals with a 5.23 digs-per-set average last week, including an impressive 8.33 mark in BSU’s three-set win over Georgia State, in which she collected a season-high 25 digs. Logged 21 digs in BSU’s three-set win at IUPUI for a 7.00 average. Posted a perfect reception percentage for the week, successfully passing al 28 serves she faced.
Kaitlyn Skinner, Bowling Green, Jr., MB, Cambridge, Ontario/St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
Kaitlyn Skinner posted 11 blocks and hit .269 as Bowling Green went 1-2 at the Indiana Invitational…In the Falcons’ four-set victory over host Indiana, Skinner had six blocks, just one shy of her career-high, to go with seven kills and a dig…Skinner has recorded at least two blocks in every match this year.
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Jr., L, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Central Michigan junior Jenna Coates continued to display her defensive prowess at the adidas/Michigan Challenge last weekend, recording match-high dig totals in all three of the Chippewas’ matches. The junior finished the weekend with 41 digs (4.55/set) and helped limit UMBC to just a .041 hitting percentage in the Chippewas’ lone victory of the weekend. Coates’ play has been instrumental in the Chippewas’ three victories as they have held opponents to just a combined .074 hitting percentage in victories.
Megan Crawshaw, Eastern Michigan, So, MB, Mattawan, Mich./Mattawan
Sophomore Megan Crawshaw was the defensive force for EMU this week, picking up a total of 20 blocks. The Mattawan, Mich. native had just one reception error in 17 sets through the week, helping EMU to a 2-2 record.
Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola, Kent State, So., OH, Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron
Kent State sophomore outside hitter Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola (Ellicott City, Md.) earned all-tournament team honors for her efforts last weekend at the NC State Courtyard Midtown Classic in Raleigh, N.C., tallying a team-high 29 digs in the 2012 season’s second weekend of competition. She also posted 34 kills - including a career-high 21 to go along with 13 digs against South Florida to lead the match Saturday (Sept. 1) in a thrilling 3-2 (24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 15-13) comeback victory. Through six matches in 2012, Aderemi-Ibitola ranks second on the team in kills (63) and kills per set (3.00).
Amber Walker, Northern Illinois, Sr., L, Juneau, Alaska/Juneau Douglas/Western Oregon
Brooke Frazer, Toledo, So., MB, Monroe, MI
Sophomore MB Brooke Frazer averaged a team-high 1.4 blocks per set at Oakland’s Golden Grizzlies Invitational. She tied her career high with eight blocks vs. Iowa and followed that up with seven more rejections vs. Eastern Illinois.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Wiederholt, Akron, Jr., OH, Muscoda, Wis./Riverdale High School
Alex Wiederholt was the “X” factor for the Zips in both matches of the Akron Invitational last weekend. In Akron’s home opening shutout of Quinnipiac, Wiederholt knocked down a match-high 13 kills with just one error in 21 attempts for a .571 clip, helping UA to hit .410 as a team. Wiederholt sparked Akron’s comeback against Montana State Saturday night as well, leading the team with 12 kills. She was just one dig short of a double-double, tying her career-high with nine. Her offensive prowess was accompanied by several big plays at the net – Wiederholt contributed to two block assists against Quinnipiac and supplied two of her own solo blocks at key moments in the match against MSU. Wiederholt was named to the Akron Invitational All-Tournament Team for her all-around solid performance.
Kara Bates, Ball State, Sr., OH, Bradley, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais Community
Bates’ 19 kills at IPFW was on shy of her career-high.
Angelique White, Central Michigan, MB, Fr., Bloomfield Hills, MIch./Academy of Sacred Heart
Central Michigan freshman Angelique White continued her strong start to her collegiate career, earning All-Tournament honors at the adidas/Michigan Challenge over the weekend. White led the Chippewas with 25 kills and a .365 hitting percentage, recording double-digit kill efforts versus Arkansas and UMBC. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native also recorded a team-high seven blocks over the weekend. Through six matches, White leads the Chippewas with a .356 hitting percentage and 18 blocks and ranks second on the team with 49 kills.
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, Sr., OH, Plymouth, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child
Rachel Iaquaniello led the Eagles to a 2-2 record on the week after winning two-of-three matches at the UIC Invitational. She averaged 18.75 kills per match, including a 24-kill and 22kill performance in two matches this week. The senior posted a .238 attack percentage en route to being named to the UIC Invitational All-Tournament Team, while she averaged 5.00 points per set in four matches. The Plymouth, Mich. native was stellar on the defensive side of the ball notching 12 total blocks, including 10 block assists. With her offensive performance over the week, the senior outside hitter inched closer to the career EMU record for kills with 1,525 total. She trails just Roxanne Munch who notched 1,537 kills from 1986-89.
Kelly Hutchison, Kent State, Fr., OH, Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington
Kent State freshman outside hitter Kelly Hutchison (Columbus, Ohio) put together another strong weekend for the Golden Flashes, leading Kent State’s attack with a team-high 38 kills over three matches last weekend at the NC State Courtyard Midtown Classic in Raleigh, N.C.– including a career-high 19 against South Florida to lead the match Saturday (Sept. 1) in a thrilling 3-2 (24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, 15-13) comeback victory. Through six matches in 2012, Hutchison leads the team in kills (74) and kills per set (3.52) and has reached double digits in kills in five of her first six NCAA matches.
Christina Menche, Miami, MH/OH, Sr., Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton
Menche made her season debut after missing the first week with injury and was the team’s most consistent hitter. She had 22 kills over the weekend and a .250 hitting percentage. That included an impressive .636 hitting percentage of seven kills over 11 attempts with zero error against 16th-ranked Minnesota. She also recorded nine kills vs. Albany and six kills vs. LIU Brooklyn.
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, Jr., MB, Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan
Named to Pacific’s Community Bankers Classic All-Tournament Team.