MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Liz Reikow, Kent State, MB
Jr., Holland, Mich./Holland
Junior Liz Reikow was a dominant force in the middle for the Kent State offense against the 2 top teams in the Mid-American Conference West Division, posting 3.12 kills per set and a .423 attack percentage. Reikow recorded 13 kills on 26 errorless attempts for a spectacular 500 attack percentage against a Ball State team that sits in first place halfway through conference play. She added 4 total blocks for 15.5 points in the 3-1 loss to the Cardinals. On Saturday, Reikow totaled 12 kills and hit .346 against Toledo. In MAC play, Reikow has grown into and integral part of the Golden Flashes’ attack, as she is hitting .328 and posting 2.77 kills per set.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Madison Hardy, Miami, libero
Senior, Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy
Madison Hardy had a record setting weekend as she finished with 61 digs in two matches for an incredible 6.78 digs per set average. She shattered her career high on Thursday with 39 digs against Eastern Michigan. That included 10 digs in the decisive fifth set. She was only six digs short of the all-time Miami match record, which was set during the non-rally scoring era. She followed that up by leading the ‘Hawks with another 22 digs against Central Michigan on Friday.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Jill Briner, Eastern Michigan, Setter/Outside Hitter
Junior, Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)
Eastern newcomer Jill Briner has shown versatility in her first season at EMU. The setter/outside hitter showed that skill off last weekend, Oct. 17-18, when she averaged a triple-double in the Green and White’s two matches. Set-by-set, Briner averaged 2.60 kills, 8.50 assists and 2.70 digs, while posting 0.40 blocks per frame. She posted the first two triple-doubles of the 2013 campaign for Eastern Michigan in back-to-back matches, all while maintaining a .375 attack percentage throughout the week... The Green and White opened up the week with a match at Miami. In that tilt, Briner posted a .406 attack percentage, while picking up a career-best 14 kills for the Eagles. The junior made just one attack error and set a new career mark with 39 assists. Briner added a pair of service aces and was not only strong on the offensive side of the ball, but she also added 12 digs to her final line score... The Eagles then knocked off Bowling Green to end a five match losing skid, Oct. 18. Briner posted her second triple-double of the week after she again set a career-best in assists with 46. In addition to her career-best, Briner notched 12 kills and 15 digs to complete the triple double. Offensively, the Oak Park, Ill. native had 12 kills on 24 attempts, while making just four errors, to maintain a .333 attack percentage.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul
Sophomore libero Corynne Smith was the rock defensively as the Eagles went 1-1 in a pair matches this week. The Norwalk, Ohio native posted 6.70 digs per set, while also notching 1.50 assists from a primary defensive position. Overall on the week, Smith did not make one reception error, going a perfect 31-for-31 in her attempts... Smith first set a career-high in digs Thursday, Oct. 17, when she totaled 38 at Miami. The sophomore also added a career-best 11 assists in that match. Smith had 19 reception attempts, in which she had an unblemished percentage, without posting an error. She also had one service ace in the match... In the Eagles’ second match, which they broke a five match losing skid at Bowling Green, Smith accumulated 29 digs on the defensive side of the net. She setup four kills for EMU, posting four more assists to her total, she also went another match posting a perfect reception percentage, after going 12-for-12 in her attempts.
Alex Fuelling, Ball State, Outside Hitter
R-So.,Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State
Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling helped the Cardinals claim sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference standings by leading the team both offensively and defensively in road wins at Kent State and Ohio last weekend … For the week, Fuelling averaged team-highs of 3.44 kills, 4.67 digs and 3.94 points per set, while hitting .247 and logging a .965 (55-fot-57) reception percentage … In Saturday’s battle for the out-right conference lead, Fuelling blasted a match-high 16 kills and recorded a career-best 23 digs to guide Ball State to a thrilling five-set victory at Ohio … She also served up a pair of aces in the win, while recording a .949 (37-for-39) reception percentage, with her 39 receptions tying for a match-high … Fuelling’s effort in all phases of the game helped limit the league’s top hitting team to just a .205 rate of success for the match … Ohio entered the match hitting a league-best .272 … In Friday’s four-set win at Kent State, Fuelling tied for match-high honors with 15 kills and logged a then-career-best 19 digs, while hitting .342 (15-2-38) … She also posted a perfect reception percentage (18-for-18) and collected three total blocks, one solo and two assists … Fuelling has now collected kill/dig double-doubles in each of Ball State’s last four matches.
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Libero
Senior, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Dunn posted two 20-dig matches over the weekend, compiling 65 total digs in three matches on the week. On Tuesday night, in a three set win at Oakland, Dunn posted 18 digs and three service aces, also recording a serve-receive percentage of 1.000. In Friday’s setback to EMU, Dunn posted a season-high of 26 digs, just three off her career high. In Saturday’s match, Dunn once again had over 20 digs, putting together a 21-dig effort as the Falcons bounced back with a four-set win over Central Michigan. Dunn has now posted eight, 20-dig matches in 2013.
Erica Fullenkamp, Bowling Green, Setter
Junior, Minster, Ohio/Minster
Fullenkamp, a junior setter from Minster, Ohio, posted 130 assists on the week as the Falcons went 2-1. In Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Oakland, Fullenkamp dished out 39 assists (13/set). In Friday night’s loss to EMU, Fullenkamp posted a double-double as she had 48 assists and 15 digs. Fullenkamp was also proficient, posting five kills in the match against the Eagles. In Saturday’s bounce-back win, Fullenkamp posted 43 assists, two kills, and four block assists to help the Falcons to an easy four set victory.
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Libero
Senior, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
The Mid-American Conference’s leader in digs per set continued to display why she is a leading candidate for MAC Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 5.75 digs per set over the weekend at Miami and Bowling Green. Coates helped the Chippewas earn a four-set victory at Miami Friday, recording a match-high 24 digs (6.0/set) and assisting CMU in limiting the RedHawks to a hitting percentage of just .154. The senior again was the match leader in digs Saturday night at Bowling Green, coming up with 22 against the defending MAC Tourney champs.
Hannah Herc, Kent State, DS/L
Sr., Eden, N.Y./Eden
Hannah Herc continued her stellar senior campaign with a pair of 20+ dig performances. Herc totaled 22 digs against Ball State on Friday and followed with 25 digs against Toledo Saturday. She posted 5.88 digs per set for the week and moved into 5th on Kent State’s all-time digs list. Herc is averaging 5.16 digs per set in conference play this season.
Mary Grace Kelly, Northern Illinois, OH
Freshman, Strongsville, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
Freshman Mary Grace Kelly emerged as a major offensive threat for the Huskies this past weekend with two double-digit kill performances at Buffalo and Akron. Friday night against the Bulls, the Strongsville, Ohio, native notched 20 kills (4.0 kills/set) and a .326 attack percentage against the MAC’s best defensive unit in a tough 3-2 loss versus UB. The next day against UA, Kelly totaled 11 kills (2.75 kills/set), a .357 hitting average and two blocks in the Huskies’ 3-1 win over the Zips. All told, the freshman finished the weekend with 3.44 kills/set and a .338 hitting percentage.
Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois, MB
Freshman, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson
Freshman Jenna Radtke posted another solid weekend on defense, this time against Buffalo and Akron. Friday night at UB, the freshman totaled six blocks (1.2 blocks/set), along with six kills (1.2 kills/set), in a tight 3-2 loss to the Bulls. The next afternoon in Akron, Radtke stymied the Zips’ offense with five blocks (1.25 blocks/set), including four block solos, in the 3-1 victory. Additionally, the Buffalo Grove, Ill., native chipped in eight kills (2.0 kills/set) and four service aces (1.0 aces/set) in the road win. Overall, Radtke finished the weekend with 1.22 blocks/set, 1.56 kills/set and a .294 hitting percentage.
Meredith Ashy, Ohio University, DS
Sophomore, Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy
Ashy put together one of her best defensive weekends of the season from the libero position, as the sophomore averaged 5.2 digs/set and posted a .982 reception percentage on 57 attempts. In Friday’s victory over Toledo, Ashy tallied a match-high 16 digs and put together a perfect reception percentage on 18 attempts. She also notched seven assists to help set up the Ohio offense. On Saturday against the Cardinals, the Louisville, Ky., native posted career highs in digs (31), assists (9) and service aces (3) to propel Ohio defensively in the five-set affair. With Ohio trailing two sets to one, Ashy posted a crucial eight digs in the fourth set to help the Bobcats send the match to a fifth and final set. Her 31 digs vs. Ball State were the third-most by a MAC player in a five-set match this season.
Karin Bull, Ohio University, MB
Sophomore, Bloomington, Minn./Bloomington
Bull was a force at the net in Ohio’s two matches this weekend, as the sophomore averaged 3.4 points/set and 2.4 kills/set while hitting at a solid .340 clip. She also notched a team-best 1.8 blocks/set. In Friday’s win vs. Toledo, Bull tallied 13 kills and hit a blistering .440 in the match. She also registered four total blocks (including one solo) and posted 15.5 points on the night. In Saturday’s five-set affair vs. Ball State, Bull knocked down a career-best 12 total blocks while also contributing nine kills on the night. The 12 total blocks were the second-most by a MAC player in a five-set match this season.
Dakota Harkins, Toledo, Middle Blocker
Senior, Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest
Senior MB Dakota Harkins helped Toledo maintain its second-place standing in the MAC’s West Division with one of the best performances of her Rocket career. Harkins tallied 12 blocks, one shy of her career high, along with 13 kills and an impressive .522 attack percentage in UT’s 3-1 victory over Kent State. The victory over the Golden Flashes was Toledo’s fifth in its last six MAC contests. In two matches last week, Harkins registered a .432 hitting mark as well as 2.38 kills per set and 1.62 blocks per set.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver was sensational for the Broncos on defense this past weekend, pacing them to back-to-back sweeps against Akron and Buffalo. Oliver averaged 6.50 digs/set over the weekend and led a Bronco defensive effort that held their opponents to a collective .134 hitting percentage. Oliver started the weekend with a match-high 18-dig effort in the Broncos’ win at Akron, holding the Zips to a .084 hitting percentage. Oliver was even better in the Broncos’ 3-0 win at Buffalo, notching a match-high 21 digs and helping to hold the Bulls to a .183 hitting percentage. Oliver remains the NCAA active career leader in digs, and this weekend moved into second place on the MAC career digs list.
Lexie Pawlik, Western Michigan, Setter
Junior, Granger, Ind. / Penn
Pawlik drove the Broncos to a pair of wins this weekend, setting them to 3-0 victories at Akron and at Buffalo. It is the first time the Broncos have recorded back-to-back sweeps since the end of the 2012 season. Pawlik averaged 11.17 assists and 1.83 kills per set from the setter position, while also adding a .611 hitting percentage and setting the Broncos to a .261 mark. Pawlik recorded 24 assists in three sets in the Broncos’ 3-0 win over Akron, setting the team to a .252 average and recording five kills on nine swings for a .556 hitting percentage. Pawlik was even better on the second night of the road trip, setting the Broncos to a .269 average and hitting .667 (6-0-9) herself in the Broncos’ 3-0 win over the Bulls.