MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Tahleia Bishop, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary School
Sophomore Tahleia Bishop led the Bulls offensively this weekend, picking up her two highest kill totals in her two years in a UB uniform. Bishop began her weekend with a career-high 26 kills in a five set loss at Akron. Bishop took a career-high 69 swings, while also contributing defensively with three total blocks. In the five-set match against Toledo, Bishop finished with 25 kills, playing in just half of the rotations as the team’s right side. She had just five errors on a 58 swings for a hitting percentage of .345. She also added a block in the match. Bishop now has 365 kills on the year, over 100 more than the next person on the Bulls. Her 3.61 kills per set are amongst tops in the conference.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly Svoboda, Libero
Senior, Cleveland , OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda averaged 7.00 digs per set this weekend as she had a record-breaking night for the Bulls against Toledo. Svoboda reached a new career-high and UB Division I single-match record with 43 digs in a tough five-set loss to the Rockets. The 43 digs were the most by a MAC player since 2010 and it help propel her to four different records on the night. In addition to the career-high and single-game mark, the 43 digs gave Svoboda 580 for the season, breaking the UB single-season record. The senior also set the UB career digging mark, which has stood since 2007 as she now has 1,889 for her career. Svoboda got closer to the single-match and career records on Thursday night when she had 27 digs against Akron. For the season, Svoboda is averaging 5.74 digs per set, which would shatter the UB single-season record by more than a dig per set. It currently leads the MAC and is among the top 10 totals in the nation.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois, MB
Freshman, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson HS
Freshman middle blocker Jenna Radtke was a big part of Northern Illinois’ wins at Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan this past weekend. Friday in Mt. Pleasant, the Buffalo Grove, Ill., native notched 11 kills (3.67 kills/set) and a team-best .529 attack percentage, in addition to one block assist (0.33 blocks/set) in a 3-0 sweep of the Chippewas. The next night, Radtke paced the Huskies with 14 kills (3.5 kills/set) and a .444 hitting average to go along with two aces (0.5 aces/set) and five blocks (1.25 blocks/set) in the 3-1 triumph against the Eagles. Between the two victories, she averaged 3.57 kills/set and a .477 attack percentage.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Brooke Frazer, Toledo, Middle Blocker
Junior, Monroe, MI/Monroe
Junior middle blocker Brooke Frazer helped Toledo moved into first place in the MAC’s West Division last week with a pair of 3-2 road victories over Ball State and Buffalo. Frazer opened the week with career highs in both kills (14) and blocks (11) in UT’s victory over the Cardinals and broke a 12-12 tie in Set 5 by combining on a block and notching kill to give UT a two-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish. She then produced 10 kills (one of which gave the Rockets a 15-14 lead in Set 5 and a .300 hitting mark as well as a team-high five blocks in a five-set marathon win over the Bulls. For the week, Frazer posted a .380 attack percentage and averaged 2.4 kills and 1.6 blocks per set.
Alex Cocklin, Akron, OH
Senior, Rochester, Mich./Marian HS
Alex Cocklin was the offensive spark Akron has been searching for last weekend as she led UA to its first two Mid-American Conference victories over Buffalo and Ball State. Cocklin averaged 4.00 kills per set over the two matches. The senior outside hitter delivered the match-winning kill in both contests. Against West Division leader Ball State, Cocklin led both teams with 18 kills and was one dig short of a double-double with nine. The 38.0 points she collected over the weekend places her in the top-five all-time in program history for points in a career (1,183.0).
Jill Paluch, Akron, DS
Senior, Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy
Jill Paluch guided the Zips defensively to a pair of big wins over Buffalo and Ball State last weekend. Paluch averaged 4.89 digs per set over the course of the two matches, posting a team-high 24 digs against UB and another team-high 20 digs against BSU. The senior has recorded 20 or more digs seven times this season, including four out of the last five matches.
Alex Fuelling, Ball State, Outside Hitter
R-So., Decatur, Ind./Bellmont/Morehead State
After missing two weeks of action due to injury, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Alex Fuelling returned to the Ball State lineup last weekend, and promptly paced the offense with a 4.00 kills-per-set average. Fuelling, who became just the second Ball State player to record three-or-more 20-plus kill matches in the 25-point rally scoring era with 21 versus Toledo, also turned in a solid effort on defense by averaging 3.22 digs per set and posting a perfect 1.000 reception percentage (41-for-41).
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, Left Side
Senior, Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
Lindsey Butterfield returned from injury to post 19 kills, three aces and three blocks as Bowling Green almost upset Ohio in a five-set loss Friday night. The senior left side hit .288 for the match and scored 23.5 points. The next night, Butterfield had 10 kills, two blocks and an ace in a four-set win over Kent State. On the weekend, she hit .277 with 29 kills to go with five blocks and four service aces.
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Libero
Senior, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Senior Ashley Dunn broke the 30-dig mark for the first time in her career with 31 in a five-set loss to MAC leader Ohio. Dunn added nine assists and a service ace in the defeat. The next night, she posted her fourth consecutive match with at least 20 digs, picking up five assists and an ace, in a four-set win over Kent State.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam
Central Michigan junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre put together another team-leading performance versus Mid-American Conference foes Northern Illinois and Western Michigan this past weekend. McIntyre posted a match-high 18 kills and 23 points Saturday night versus rival Western Michigan following a night in which she had a match-high three aces versus Northern Illinois. For the weekend she finished with 26 kills and four aces, chipping in with seven blocks on the defensive side.
Jill Briner, Eastern Michigan, Setter/Outside Hitter
Junior, Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park and River Forest (Northeastern)
First-year Eagle, Jill Briner, continued her solid play this weekend for the Green and White. Despite falling in a pair of matches, Briner totaled 81 assists and 14 kills. The junior posted 10.12 assists per set, while averaging 1.75 kills per frame. The Oak Park, Ill. native was also successful at the service line. Briner served up six aces on the weekend for an average of 0.75 per frame, which more than doubles her league standard, set at 0.33 per frame...Briner also boasted a strong defensive performance for the Eagles. The setter notched three block assists and a solo block, good for 0.50 per frame, while picking up 3.12 digs per frame after totaling 25 digs on the weekend.
Corynne Smith, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Sophomore, Norwalk, Ohio-St. Paul
Sophomore libeo, Corynne Smith, posted a team-high 46 digs against EMU’s opponents this weekend. The Norwalk, Ohio native notched 22 and 24 digs in each match, respectively, for an average of 5.75 per frame. That number eclipses the league’s leader in digs per set. Smith also had just one reception error in 30 attempts, good for a .967 percentage.
Liz Reikow, Kent State, MB
Jr., Holland, Mich./Holland
Junior Liz Reikow had a nearly flawless offensive performance over the weekend when she posted 3.25 kills per set and just one error on 54 swings. Reikow had 13 kills and hit .480, while adding three blocks (two solo, one assist) for 15.5 points in a four-set loss to Miami on Friday. She followed with 13 kills, two bock assists and a .448 attack percentage in a four-set loss to Bowling Green on Saturday.
Madison Hardy, Miami, libero
Senior, Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy
Hardy had a memorable weekend during her final two matches at Millett Hall. She finished with 52 digs in two matches, an average of 5.78 digs per set. Against Kent State she led the RedHawks with 25 digs. She added 27 more in a five-set match against the Bobcats. Hardy made only three reception errors in 52 attempts for a .942 reception percentage on the weekend.
Meg Riley, Miami, Outside Hitter/Setter
Junior, St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy
Riley had a fantastic week, finishing with 31 kills, 49 assists and 17 digs, while playing her customary two positions of setter in the back row and outside hitter in the front row. She averaged 3.44 kills per set and made only five attack errors in 58 attempts for a .448 hitting percentage for the week. She finished with one of the best matches of her career in the victory over Kent State on Friday. Riley tied a season-high with 19 kills and made 0 attack errors in 28 attempts for an incredible .679 hitting percentage. She made it a double-double with 27 assists, and also had eight digs. Against Ohio, Riley put down 12 kills and had her second straight double-double with 22 assists. She just barely missed a triple-double, finishing with nine digs.
Mackenzie Roddy, Northern Illinois, OH
Junior, San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon HS
Junior Mackenzie Roddy had a great weekend on both sides last weekend at Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Friday in Mount Pleasant, Mich., she notched nine digs (3.00 digs/set) and a block (0.33 blocks/set) in a 3-0 sweep of the Chippewas. Twenty-four hours later in Ypsilanti, Roddy led the Huskies with 21 digs (5.25 digs/set) and a block assist (0.33 blocks/set) to help NIU to a 3-1 victory against the Eagles. Overall, the San Bernardino, Calif., native recorded 4.29 digs/set and 0.29 blocks/set between the two matches.
Karin Bull, Ohio University, MB
Sophomore, Bloomington, Minn./Bloomington
Bull anchored a strong Ohio defense at the net over the weekend, leading the Bobcats to a 2-0 weekend and helping Ohio clinch the MAC East Division title for the 11th-straight season. Bull averaged a solid 1.30 blocks/set while also contributing 2.8 kills/set and 3.5 points/set. She hit .293 on the weekend. In Ohio’s five-set victory at Bowling Green on Friday, Bull notched six total blocks for the Bobcats while knocking down 14 kills and hitting at a .370 clip. She hit .500 and notched a block during the deciding fifth set. Against Miami on Saturday, Bull recorded a match-high seven total blocks to go along with 14 kills. She hit .571 and notched three total blocks in the third set to help Ohio take a 2-1 sets lead in the match. This season, Bull ranks fourth in the MAC with 1.23 blocks/set in conference games.
Katie Horton, Ohio University, OH
Freshman, Westland, Mich./Wayne Memorial
Horton paced the Ohio offense during the Bobcats 2-0 weekend and helped the Green & White clinch the MAC East title for the 11th-straight season. She averaged a team-high 3.8 points/set on the weekend on the strength of 3.2 kills/set and 1.2 blocks/set. On Friday at Bowling Green, Horton knocked down a team-high 15 kills and added a match-high six total blocks. The Westland, Mich., native was clutch in the fifth set with three total blocks and two kills while hitting .500 in the frame. On Saturday at Miami, Horton tallied a career-best 17 kills and hit .265 while adding six total blocks. She tallied an impressive five kills in the fifth set and added two blocks to help Ohio claim the 3-2 victory.
Alysia Baznik, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Freshman, Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central
Baznik was the offensive leader for the Broncos over the weekend, helping them to a pair of wins against their in-state rivals Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan on the road. Baznik posted 14 kills for the Broncos in the 3-1 win over Eastern Michigan, adding 19 digs for her 10th double-double of the season to help the Broncos sweep the season series against the Eagles. Baznik was even better on Saturday against the Chippewas, notching 18 kills and a .289 hitting percentage. She also added 12 digs in that match for her team-leading 11th double-double of the season. Baznik averaged 3.56 kills and 3.44 digs per set over the course of the weekend and has been the best attacker for the Broncos in MAC play, leading them in kills/set in conference action.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, Battle Creek, Mich. / St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver had her best two-match stretch in MAC play of the season this past weekend, helping the Broncos to a split, including a win over defending MAC Tournament champion Bowling Green on Saturday. Oliver posted a season-high 37 digs in just four sets of work against Northern Illinois on Wednesday, giving her an average of 9.25 digs/set in the match. She was also perfect on the serve-receive, handling 13 serves with no reception errors. Oliver provided 11 digs in the Broncos’ 3-1 win against the Falcons on Saturday, one of five players to reach double-figures in digs, and was a perfect 7-of-7 on the serve-receive. Oliver averaged 6.00 digs/set over the course of the weekend and is now averaging 5.06 digs/set in conference play this year.