MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Abby Gilleland, Ohio University, Setter
Sophomore, Bull Valley, Ill./Marian Central Catholic
Gilleland notched 10.6 assists/set, 1.8 kills/set and hit a blistering .469 this past weekend to lead Ohio to its first road sweep of the Northern Illinois-Western Michigan trip since the 2007 season. The Bull Valley, Ill., native also notched a solid 3.33 digs/set and 0.6 blocks/set on the weekend. In Friday’s matchup against Northern Illinois, Gilleland recorded a match-high 39 assists to go along with seven kills, eight digs and an impressive .583 hitting percentage. On Saturday at WMU, Gilleland put forth one of the best performances of her career, notching personal bests in assists (56) and digs (33). The sophomore just missed out on a triple-double, as she also knocked down nine kills, hit .400 and tallied three total blocks and a service ace. The win over the Broncos marked just the third time in the past six years that WMU had been defeated on its home court in league play.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Pinson, Ohio University, MB
Graduate Student, Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State/Xavier Prep
Pinson put forth an excellent defensive effort for Ohio this weekend, knocking down 1.44 blocks/set to help the Bobcats sweep the Northern Illinois-Western Michigan road trip for the first time since 2007. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also notched 2.8 points and 1.9 kills/set while hitting .325 over the two matches. On Friday at NIU, Pinson led Ohio with eight total blocks (including one solo) while chipping in four kills, three digs and a service ace. During the Bobcats important 3-2 win at WMU Saturday, the graduate student recorded five total blocks and dazzled offensively with 13 kills while hitting a solid .393. The win over the Broncos marked just the third time in the past six years that WMU had been defeated on its home court in league play.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Adria Pryor, Toledo, Setter
Senior, Greenwood, IN/Center Grove
Senior setter Adria Pryor guided the Rockets to a pair of 3-1 home victories over Miami and Bowling Green this weekend to put Toledo into sole possession of second place in the MAC’s West Division. Pryor averaged 12.75 assists per set in addition to registering 2.25 digs and 0.75 blocks per set to go along with a .500 attack percentage. She helped the Rockets post a season-high .312 attack percentage against the RedHawks by registering 53 assists in addition to 11 digs on the defensive side of the net. Against defending MAC Tournament champion Bowling Green, Pryor asserted herself in the blocking department with four rejections in addition to 49 assists in the four-set win.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver was the defensive leader for the Broncos over the weekend, who defeated Kent State in a 3-0 sweep on Friday before just narrowly falling to Ohio 3-2 on Saturday. Oliver tied the match-high with 15 digs in the Broncos’ win against the Golden Flashes, averaging 5.00 digs/set and helping to hold the Golden Flashes to a .053 hitting percentage for the match. Oliver fell one dig short of the match-high in the Broncos’ 3-2 loss to Ohio, recording a team-high 24 digs and also adding eight assists. Oliver was perfect on the serve-receive for the weekend, totaling 21 attempts and not allowing a single ace.
Alex Cocklin, Akron, OH
Senior, Rochester, Mich./Marian HS
Alex Cocklin averaged 3.14 kills per set over the weekend for Akron as she came just one kill short of reaching 1,000 for her career. Against Eastern Michigan, the senior posted 11 kills with just one error, registering a .303 clip. Cocklin picked up her fifth double-double of the year at Central Michigan, tallying 11 kills to go with 12 digs, along with four total blocks. Over the course of the two matches, Cocklin averaged 3.71 points per set, and now ranks in Akron’s top-10 all-time for career points.
Jill Paluch, Akron, DS
Senior, Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy
Jill Paluch averaged 5.29 digs in seven sets last weekend in Akron’s contests at Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Paluch registered a team-high 13 digs versus EMU to help the Zips out-dig the Eagles, 55-52. Against CMU, Paluch tallied a match-high 24 digs, marking the fourth time this season she has posted 20 or more digs in a match. The senior libero also allowed just one receiving error on the weekend, despite being targeted 43 times.
Kylee Baker, Ball State, Outside Hitter
Sr., Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North
Ball State’s lone active outside hitter last weekend, Kylee Baker turned in an impressive effort on defense, finishing with a pair of kill/dig double-doubles despite serving as the main serving target for BSU’s opponents … For the weekend, Baker averaged 3.00 digs and 3.00 kills per set, while posting a .987 (74-for-75) reception percentage … In Friday’s match versus Bowling Green, Baker tallied 10 digs and blasted 12 kills for her fourth double-double of the season … She also successfully handled 46 serves for a 1.000 reception percentage … The 46 receptions accounted for .582 percent of BGSU’s serves for the match … In Saturday’s win over Miami, Baker tallied her fifth kill/dig double-double of the season with 14 digs and 12 kills … She also tallied a .966 (28-for-29) reception percentage.
Lauren Grant, Ball State, Opposite
Sr., Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati
With Ball State’s top two outside hitters out of the lineup due to injury, senior opposite Lauren Grant stepped up and took control of the Ball State offense, averaging 4.12 kills per set and hitting for a .318 rate of success to help the Cardinals maintain a spot atop the league standings … In Friday’s match versus Bowling Green, Grant smashed a career-best 17 kills and struck for a .419 (17-4-31) attack percentage versus a Falcons defense which produced 15.5 blocks in the match … In Saturday’s victory over Miami, Grant tied for match-high honors with 16 kills and posted a .229 (16-8-35) rate of success … She also tallied five block assists versus the RedHawks and one versus the Falcons … Grant entered the weekend averaging just 1.62 kills per set, hitting .149 and had only blasted double-figure kills in one of BSU’s first 23 matches this season.
Libby Dachenhaus, Bowling Green, DS
Senior, Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula
Dachenhaus played an integral role on defense in two matches this week for the Falcons, as she recorded 33 digs from her spot on the back row. An average of 4.12 per set, Dachenhaus led the team in digs. In Friday night’s four set win over previous MAC-leader Ball State, Dachenhaus posted 16 kills—one off her season high. The very next night, the senior tied her season high with 17 digs, as the Falcons lost to Toledo in Dachenhaus’s return to her hometown.
Paige Penrod, Bowling Green, Outside Hitter
Senior, Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm
Penrod led the Falcons in kills during the week, posting 32 in just eight sets (4.00 kills/set). She posted a pair of double-doubles, as she also had double-digit digs in both matches. In Friday night’s win over MAC leader Ball State, Penrod had 15 kills and 14 digs. With that performance, Penrod moved into second place in school history for kills, as she now has 1,484 in her career. In Saturday’s match at Toledo, Penrod had a team-high 17 kills and also posted 10 digs.
Kelly Maxwell, Central Michigan, Setter
Senior, Okemos, Mich./Okemos
Central Michigan senior Kelly Maxwell guided the Chippewas’ offense to one of its most productive weekends of the season as they earned a pair of victories over Buffalo and Akron. Maxwell helped the Chippewas hit .283 versus the top-ranked blocking team in the conference on Friday night in Buffalo, dishing out 32 assists. Her stellar play continued Saturday night as she recorded a four-set season-high 55 assists in a victory over Akron. The setter’s play allowed four players to reach double digits in kills, including a career-high by junior Hallie Enderle. For the weekend, Maxwell finished with 87 assists (12.43) and helped the Chippewas hit .276 to earn their first weekend sweep of the season.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam HS
Central Michigan junior Kaitlyn McIntyre displayed why she is one of the best all-around players in the Mid-American Conference over the weekend, taking her defensive game to a new level versus Buffalo and Akron. McIntyre had a career-high six blocks on Friday night in a sweep of Buffalo and chipped in with three more blocks and 14 digs on Saturday night versus Akron, all while leading the Chippewas in kills both nights. The junior also averaged 0.43 aces/set in the two matches and hit .247 from the outside as the Chippewas earned their first weekend sweep of the season. In total, McIntyre had 29 kills, three aces, 20 digs and nine blocks.
Jill Briner, Eastern Michigan, Setter/Outside Hitter
Junior, Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)
First-year Eagles, Jill Briner, had a stellar weekend as EMU went undefeated in a pair of matches against MAC East opponents. The Eagles’ primary setter totaled 69 assists in the two matches, while adding five aces and 14 kills. Overall, the Oak Park, Ill. native averaged 9.86 assists per frame, as well as, two kills per set. Her 0.71 service aces per set this weekend is nearly double the best overall average of 0.36 in the conference... Briner posted 28 assists in the Eagles three set win over Akron, Oct. 25, while picking up five kills and a pair of service aces. It was against Buffalo, Oct. 26, that the junior transfer shined. Briner notched 41 assists to average over 10 per frame. She was also able to convert nine times in 22 attack attempts, while making just two errors. That performance was good for a .318 and she tied her career-best three aces.
Katie Krasowski, Eastern Michigan, Middle Blocker
Redshirt-Sophomore, Oak Lawn, Ill.-Marist
Redshirt-sophomore Katie Krasowski led the Eagles defensive front as they went a perfect 2-0 in Mid-American Conference play last weekend. Krasowski totaled 10 blocks in the Green and White’s pair of wins, good for an average of 1.43 per set. Krasowski was no slouch on the other side of the net either, banging home 17 kills in seven sets, good for 2.43 per frame. She posted a .464 attack percentage through the weekend...Krasowski had five blocks in the three set win over Akron, Oct. 25, good for 1.67 per set, while she was stellar on the offensive side as well, posting 10 kills in 12 attempts, good for an .833 attack percentage. In game two last weekend, the Eagles had five more blocks, in four sets, while adding seven more kills in the Green and White’s four set victory.
Sarah Angelos, Northern Illinois, MB
Senior, Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan HS
Senior Sarah Angelos registered a stellar weekend for Northern Illinois against MAC East foes Ohio and Kent State. Friday night against the Bobcats, the Waukegan, Ill., native tallied 11 kills (2.75 blocks/set) and a .276 attack percentage in the 3-1 loss. The next night against KSU, Angelos exploded with 13 kills (4.33 kills/set) and an incredible .591 hitting average in a dominating 3-0 sweep of the Golden Flashes. Overall, she finished the weekend with 3.43 kills/set and a .412 attack percentage.
Brooke Frazer, Toledo, Middle Blocker
Junior, Monroe, MI/Monroe
Junior MB Brooke Frazer helped the Rockets to a pair of 3-1 home victories over Miami and Bowling Green this weekend to put Toledo into sole possession of second place in the MAC’s West Division. Frazer averaged a team-high 1.00 blocks per set in addition to registering 1.75 kills and 1.12 digs per set to go along with a .344 attack percentage. She helped the Rockets post a season-high .312 attack percentage against the RedHawks by notching a .500 attack percentage with 6-0-12 totals in addition to collecting three blocks. Against defending MAC Tournament champion Bowling Green, Frazer garnered a team-high five blocks in addition to collecting eight kills
Rachel Sheffer, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Senior, Watervliet, Mich. / Watervliet
Sheffer was part of a balanced offensive attack for the Broncos this weekend, leading them in hitting percentage with a .326 mark and helping them to a 3-0 win over Kent State on Friday. As stated, the offensive attack against Kent State was a balanced one, with four players recording six or more kills and none recording more than 10; Sheffer notched six kills on 12 attempts with no errors for a .500 hitting percentage, leading all players in the match with 10 or more swings. Sheffer played a larger role in the match against Ohio on Saturday, recording 13 kills on 31 swings with five errors for a .258 hitting percentage, ranking second on the team among players with more than 10 swings but first among those with more than 11 attempts; she also added two block assists for a total of 14.0 points on the night.