MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Kelly Hutchison, Kent State, OPP
So., Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington
Kelly Hutchison was an offensive force in leading Kent State to a pair of conference wins this past week, including the program’s first ever victory over a team ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll. On a night she will not soon forget, Hutchison delivered one big swing after another on her way to career-highs of 22 kills and 24.5 points as Kent State knocked off No. 18 Ohio in four sets on Thursday. Her career night came against one of the nation’s top defenses, as the Bobcats entered the week 18th in blocks per set and held each of its first 4 MAC opponents under a .200 attack percentage. Hutchison hit .333 on the night and her 22 kills were 3 more than any other player has had against Ohio this season. Additionally, she added 3 block assists and an ace in the victory. Hutchison made sure the Flashes continued rolling with a team-best 11 kills in a 3-0 win at Central Michigan on Saturday. She added four total blocks and an ace for 15.5 points on the night. For the week, Hutchison led the Flashes with 5.71 points per set, 4.71 kills per set and 1.00 blocks per while also contributing 2.00 digs per set on defense.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Pinson, Ohio University, MB
Graduate Student, Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State/Xavier Prep
Pinson enjoyed one of her best all-around weekends of the season during No. 18 Ohio’s road swing through Kent and Ypsilanti. The graduate middle blocker led Ohio defensively with 1.38 blocks/set while also contributing 1.12 digs/set. Offensively, Pinson dazzled with a combined .444 hitting percentage while averaging a team-high 3.8 points/set and 3.0 kills/set. In Thursday’s contest at Kent State, Pinson led Ohio with six total blocks and 13 kills. She hit .423 in the match while chipping in four digs and a service ace. In Saturday’s win at Eastern Michigan, Pinson notched five total blocks and five digs while contributing 11 kills and hitting a team-high .474. She entered Saturday’s contest ranked 10th nationally in blocking.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, MB
Senior, Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan
Senior Sarah Angelos continued her solid senior season against MAC West Division leaders Ball State and Toledo. Friday night against the Rockets, the Waukegan, Ill., native tallied 16 kills (3.2 kills/set) and a .406 attack percentage, along with three block assists, in a tough 3-2 loss to UT. The next night at BSU, Angelos scored on nine kills (3.0 kills/set) and finished the night with a .350 hitting percentage in a 3-0 defeat against the Cardinals. Combined, she finished the weekend with 3.12 kills/set and a .385 hitting percentage, leading NIU in both categories (minimum three attacks).
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Ellen Hays, Toledo, Libero
Freshman, Bedford, MI/Bedford
Freshman libero Ellen Hays helped Toledo extend its conference win streak to four matches with a pair of 3-2 victories over MAC West Division foes Northern Illinois and Western Michigan last weekend by averaging 5.00 digs per set and notching a .967 serve reception. She tallied 26 digs against the Broncos after registering 24 defensive saves vs. the Huskies. Hays came up big late in each match for the Rockets, tallying nine digs vs. WMU in Set 4 and seven against NIU in Set 5. Hays also collected a career-high seven assists in the win over the Broncos.
Alex Fuelling, Ball State, Outside Hitter
R-So.,Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State
Behind the play of redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling, the Ball State women’s volleyball team picked up wins over both WMU and NIU last weekend to climb into a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-American Conference standings … On offense, Fuelling averaged 0.71 aces, 3.14 kills and 4.07 points per set, while hitting .255 (22-10-47) … On defense, Fuelling posted 3.57 digs per set and a .971 (35-for-36) reception percentage, while helping limit Ball State’s opponents to a .157 (80-43-235) attack percentage … She was also perfect from the service line with five aces to no errors in 35 service attempts … In helping Ball State knock off the MAC West Division preseason favorite Broncos, Fuelling recorded her first double-double of the weekend with 11 kills and 14 digs … She also added a service ace and three block assists, while posting a .952 reception percentage … In Saturday’s win over the Huskies, Fuelling collected her second double-double of the weekend with 11 kills and 11 digs … Her strong serving, which included four aces, also helped keep the Huskies out of sync offensively … She also earned a perfect 1.000 (14-for-14) reception percentage in the contest … With the wins, the Cardinals snapped a three-match losing streak to Western Michigan and a four-match losing streak to Northern Illinois.
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, Left Side
Senior, Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
Butterfield continued to lead a strong Falcon attack over the weekend, pacing the offense with a team-high 30 digs in just eight sets (3.75/set). She added 18 digs and five blocks for Bowling Green, as the Falcons swept a pair of MAC East foes. In Friday night’s five-set thriller over Buffalo, Butterfield led a balanced Falcon attack with 21 kills. She also recorded 14 digs, giving her her third double-double in just the fifth Conference game. In Saturday’s three-set win over Akron, she had nine kills and two blocks, as the Falcons never trailed in the match.
Danielle Tonyan, Bowling Green, Right Side
Senior, McHenry, Ill./McHenry
Tonyan was a force during the weekend, as she helped the Falcons to a 2-0 record against a pair of MAC East opponents. Tonyan was efficient, as she had an attack percentage of .417 to lead the Falcons. Her 19 kills and six blocks kept the opponents off balance all weekend, as the Falcons relied on Tonyan to lead them to a 5-1 start. In Friday night’s win, Tonyan had nine kills (.368 hitting pct.) and five blocks. On Saturday, she was the only Falcon in double figures, as she posted 10 kills (.471 hitting pct.), three digs, and one block as the Falcons rolled in three sets over Akron.
Tahleia Bishop, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary School
Sophomore Tahleia Bishop led the Bulls in kills during each of the last two matches on the road this past weekend as the Bulls split matches at Bowling Green and Miami. In a tough five-set loss at BG, Bishop had 20 kills, her third 20-kill performance of the season. Bishop, who averaged 13.5 digs over the week, had 17 digs against the Falcons. She also added four blocks. In the win over the RedHawks, Bishop added 18 kills and hit a team-high .455 to help the Bulls to their 15th win of the season. Bishop added 10 digs and two blocks against Miami. Bishop leads the Bulls with 233 kills and is tied for third with 106 digs.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam
Fresh off earning her 1,000th career kill just a week earlier, junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre continued her stellar play above the net versus Eastern Michigan and Kent State over the weekend, tallying 29 kills (4.83/set). The junior tallied 11 kills in a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Michigan Thursday night before recording a match-high 18 kills versus Kent State Saturday. McIntyre chipped in 27 digs (4.5/set) defensively and had three blocks versus the Golden Flashes.
Stacey Perinar, Eastern Michigan, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community
Sophomore outside hitter, Stacey Perinar, led the EMU offense through its two Mid-American Conference matches last week. Perinar totaled 18 kills on the week, along with two aces and 11 digs. The Channahon, Ill. Native made just 11 errors in 72 attack attempts. She averaged 2.57 kills and three points per set on the week... Her best match came against No. 18-ranked Ohio Saturday, Oct. 12. The sophomore notched 11 kills and a pair of aces. She made just six attack errors and held a .128 hitting percentage.
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul
Sophomore libero, Corynne Smith, was a shining spot for the Eagles last week, boasting a .977 reception percentage. The Norwalk, Ohio native totaled 39 digs in two matches, including a 20-dig match against No. 18-ranked Ohio Saturday, Oct. 12. She averaged 5.57 digs per game through the seven sets that EMU saw... In the Green and White’s first match of the week, Smith posted 19 digs without making a receiving error in 21 attempts. The sophomore added three assists and an ace in the three set loss to Central Michigan Thursday, Oct. 10. In Eastern’s next match, against Ohio, Smith made just one error in 23 reception attempts, while posting a match- best 20 digs.
Justine Schepler, Northern Illinois, Libero
Senior, Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
Senior Justine Schepler took a pair of tough losses this past weekend at Toledo and Ball State. Friday night at UT, Schepler averaged an even 5.0 digs/set and had a perfect mark in reception percentage in a 3-2 loss to the Rockets. The next night against the Cardinals, the Sycamore, Ill., native had 2.33 digs/set in a 3-0 loss to BSU. In total, Schepler averaged 4.0 digs/set between the two matches.
Abby Gilleland, Ohio University, Setter
Sophomore, Bull Valley, Ill./Marian Central Catholic
Gilleland shined offensively for Ohio during the team’s two-match road swing this weekend. The Bull Valley, Ill., native put Ohio’s hitters in position to score throughout the weekend with 10.88 assists/set. She also notched 2.8 points/set, 1.9 kills/set, 2.9 digs/set and hit .378 in the two matches. On Thursday at Kent State, Gilleland notched a match-high 44 assists while contributing eight kills, three total blocks and six digs. At Eastern Michigan on Saturday, the sophomore put forth an excellent offensive effort from the setter position, with seven kills while hitting .412. She also notched a match-high 44 assists, three service aces, five total blocks and 17 digs while leading Ohio to the 3-1 win.
Lauren Rafdal, Toledo, OH
Senior, Carmel, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal helped the Rockets extend their conference win streak to four matches by averaging 4.4 kills per set in a pair of five-set home triumphs over Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Rafdal played a key role in helping the Rockets rally from 2-1 deficits against both the Huskies and Broncos. She tallied eight kills to help UT post a 25-22 Set 4 win over NIU. Against the Broncos, she was nearly flawless in the fourth set with 6-0-11 totals for a .545 hitting mark.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver moved into third place on the MAC career digs list this past weekend, passing Ball State’s Stephanie Keller with 2,278 career digs. She led the Broncos defensively over the weekend with an average of 3.67 digs/set in the Broncos’ pair of matches over the weekend. Oliver totaled a team-high 15 digs in the Broncos’ loss at Ball State on Friday. She had an even stronger effort on Saturday, producing a team-high 18 digs in the Broncos’ narrow 3-2 loss to Toledo. Oliver leads the Broncos with a 4.61 digs/set average and is the NCAA’s active career leader in digs.
Rachel Sheffer, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Senior, Watervliet, Mich. / Watervliet
Sheffer led the Broncos in kills over the course of the weekend, averaging 3.11 kills/set in a pair of MAC matches on the road. Sheffer contributed a team-high 12 kills in the Broncos’ loss at Ball State on Friday, also adding six digs and a block as the Broncos fell 3-1. Sheffer was even better in the Broncos’ outstanding offensive output on Saturday at Toledo, adding 16 kills and contributing to the Broncos’ .319 team hitting percentage in the 3-2 loss to the Rockets. Sheffer ranks second on the Broncos with a 2.67 kills/set average on the season, as well as a team-best 2.89 kills/set average in conference play.