MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Katie Horton, Ohio University, OH
Freshman, Westland, Mich./Wayne Memorial
Horton was named WKU Invitational MVP after hitting .382 and posting at least 10 kills in all three matches while leading Ohio to the tournament title and a 3-0 record this past weekend. The Westland, Mich., native averaged 2.8 kills/set and 3.0 points/set on the weekend while also contributing nine digs and three total blocks. Horton led off the weekend with a career-high 11 kills against UNLV while hitting at a team-high .500 clip. Against No. 21 Western Kentucky Saturday, Horton added 10 kills, three digs and a block while hitting .286 to lead Ohio to a 3-0 win. It marked the first sweep of WKU on its home floor by an opponent since the 2010 season. In the tournament finale vs. ACC foe Virginia, Horton hit .409 while contributing 10 kills, five digs and a solo block to help clinch the WKU title for the Bobcats.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Kelly Svoboda, Buffalo, Libero
Senior, Cleveland , OH/Trinity
Kelly Svoboda averaged 6.60 digs per set as she helped lead the Bulls to a 3-0 record and a tournament title at the Georgia State Invite. Svoboda ended the weekend with a pair of 20-dig performances, both in three-set matches. Svoboda had 25 digs in the win over UCF and added 22 digs in the victory over Georgia State. Svoboda was also an extremely efficient passer during the weekend as she had just five receiving errors in 114 attempts. Svoboda also added two service aces.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Erin Short, Eastern Michigan, Outside Hitter
Senior, Maumee, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy
Senior outside hitter Erin Short led the Eagles to its first undefeated week as EMU went 4-0 without dropping a set in its last four matches. The Orrville, Ohio led Eastern’s offense by averaging 2.58 kills per set, while posting a .351 attack percentage. Short had just five attack errors throughout the entire four matches, including two matches where she did not make a single error in 15 and 20 attack attempts. The senior was not only an offensive force throughout the week, but was dominant defensively as well. Short had 12 total blocks including two solo blocks and 10 assists. She averaged a team best, 3.17 points per set to lead the Eagles in their perfect week.
MAC West Defensive Player of the Week
Catie Fredrich, Ball State
Senior / Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls
Catie Fredrich’s defensive play helped the Cardinals post a 4-0 record last week and earn the 2013 Hawkeye Challenge Tournament Title … For her effort in the tournament, Fredrich was named to the All-Tournament Team … Over BSU’s four matches, Fredrich averaged 4.86 digs per set and posted a perfect 1.000 reception percentage (44-for-44) … She posted match-high dig totals in BSU’s first three wins, including a pair of 20-plus dig performances … Her 25 digs in the win over Big Ten foe and tournament host Iowa were a season-high … She also served up five total aces on the weekend, including two in the championship match victory over UIC.
Jill Paluch, Akron, DS
Senior, Chicago, Ill./Nazareth Academy
Jill Paluch averaged 4.50 digs per set last week in Akron’s four matches. On the road at Bobcat Classic host Montana State, Paluch picked up a match-high 15 digs and posted a perfect receiving percentage. The senior led her team with 14 digs in a three-set victory over Robert Morris and just a single receiving error. She also tied a match-high 12 digs versus Gonzaga.
Kelsey Wilson, Akron, MB
Sophomore, Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale HS
Kelsey Wilson was a force at the net for Akron last week, hitting .325 over the course of the Zips’ four matches. In a 3-0 road victory at Robert Morris, Wilson registered 10 kills, three block-assists and one solo block. The sophomore earned Montana State Bobcat Classic All-Tournament Team honors after hitting .462 vs. South Dakota and .500 vs. Gonzaga. Against the Bulldogs, Wilson posted 11 kills and just a single error in 20 attempts. Wilson also delivered six service aces last week – she leads the MAC in aces per set and is 16th in the nation in the same category.
Mackenzie Kitchel, Ball State
R-Fr., Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove/Cincinnati
Mackenzie Kitchel put together the best weekend of her young collegiate career to help guide the Cardinals to a perfect 4-0 record last weekend and to the Hawkeye Challenge Tournament title … Kitchel led the Ball State offense with 42 kills over the four matches, including a career-high 14 in the weekend opening win over Western Illinois … She also tallied career-highs of three solo blocks, five total blocks and a .379 (14-3-29) attack percentage in the win over the Leathernecks … Overall, Kitchel averaged 3.00 kills and 0.64 blocks per set for the Cardinals over the weekend, with her six solo blocks leading the squad.
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, Left Side
Senior, Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
Butterfield, a native of Springfield, Ohio, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the InnTowner Invitational this weekend, hosted by the 25th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. She led the Falcons with 47 kills overall, averaging an impressive 4.27 kills/set on the weekend. Playing against stiff competition all weekend long, Butterfield posted double digit kills in each match. In Friday’s match against Milwaukee, the senior left side had 14 kills. In Saturday morning’s match against eventual tournament champion Kansas, Butterfield posted 22 kills. Then, in Saturday’s three-set loss to the Badgers, she once again led the Orange and Brown with 11 kills.
Tahleia Bishop, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Sophomore, Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary School
Sophomore Tahleia Bishop was named the Most Valuable Player at the Georgia State Invite as she finished with 41 kills over the three matches. Bishop had her best match on Saturday afternoon against Central Florida as she finished with 18 kills in three sets. After eight errors in the opening match against Davidson, Bishop had just five over the final two matches. Against the Knights, Bishop hit .517 and defensively she had five block assists. Overall, Bishop finished with 13 total blocks over the weekend and accounted for 50 total points. The role of Bishop was even more necessary with the absence of All-MAC member Liz Scott, who missed the weekend due to injury.
Jenna Coates, Central Michigan, Libero
Senior, Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston
Central Michigan senior libero continued her stellar defensive play a week after being named Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week, helping the Chippewas to a 2-1 weekend and runner-up finish at the Hofstra Tournament. Coates led the Chippewas with 19 digs in back-to-back sweeps versus USC Upstate and Princeton and had a total of 54 digs (5.40/set) over the weekend.
Kaitlyn McIntyre, Central Michigan, Outside Hitter
Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis./Beaver Dam
Central Michigan junior outside hitter earned All-Tournament honors for the second-straight week after leading the Chippewas to a 2-1 record and runner-up finish of the Hofstra Tournament. McIntyre slammed home a blistering 4.5 kills per set and finished the weekend with a hitting percentage of .341. The junior led the Chippewas in kills in all three matches, including 18 (6.0/set) in a sweep of USC Upstate to open the weekend.
Kelsey Jones, Eastern Michigan, Middle Blocker
Redshirt-sophomore, Reed City, Mich.-Reed City
Redshirt-sophomore Kelsey Jones led the EMU defense in it perfect 4-0 week last week. The Reed City, Mich. native posted 18 total blocks including one solo block and 17 block assists to average 1.64 blocks per set. The middle blocker also notched a solid offensive performance, where he hit .400 on the week with just one attack error in 35 attempts. Her best performance came against Holy Cross, Sept. 14, when she totaled six blocks and four kills for 7.5 points as the Green and White swept the Crusaders in straight sets. The redshirt-sophomore also added 7.5 points in EMU’s sweep of Oakland when she went 5-of-9 offensively and rejected five attack attempts. Jones averaged 2.23 points per set as the Eagles did not lose a set in four wins throughout the week.
Hannah Herc, Kent State, DS/L
Senior, Eden, N.Y./Eden
Senior libero Hannah Herc received all-tournament team honors at the Thunder Invitational after turning in perhaps the finest weekend of her career in a Kent State uniform. A team captain, Herc averaged 5.38 digs per set , an even more impressive average since Kent State played in a pair of tiebreak sets to 15, and helped the Golden Flashes hold two of their three opponents to under .200 hitting. After dropping the first two sets, she helped lead Kent State to a come-from-behind victory over Eastern Kentucky on Friday with a career-high 31 digs. She added 18 digs in a three-set victory over Southern Illinois Saturday morning, giving the Flashes consecutive wins for the first time this season. Herc led the Flashes with 21 digs in a losing effort in the finale against host Marshall, as the team just missed out on an unbeaten weekend in a 3-2 loss. She had just three receiving errors on the weekend on 91 opportunities for a .967 serve receive percentage.
Kelly Hutchison, Kent State, OPP
Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington
Sophomore opposite Kelly Hutchison earned all-tournament team honors for her stellar play in helping Kent State go 2-1 at the Thunder Invitational over the weekend. Hutchison, who extended her double-digit kills streak to four matches, averaged 3.46 kills per and 4.00 points per set while hitting .299. Those averages are even more impressive since Kent State played in a pair of tiebreak sets, which are only played to 15. Hutchison delivered several big swings for the Golden Flashes when they needed them most. She posted five kills, including three of the first five points, and a .833 hitting percentage in the tiebreak set as the Flashes jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back against Eastern Kentucky . Clinging to a 20-19 lead in the second set against Southern Illinois, Hutchison delivered kills on three consecutive points to help the Flashes take the set in the 3-0 win. In Kent State’s two matches on Saturday against the Salukis and host Marshall, she hit .371 and averaged 6.4 kills per set.
Madison hardy, Miami, libero
Senior, Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy
Hardy earned the libero jacket beginning with the second set of the Saint Louis match, and retained it the rest of the weekend. She recorded 67 digs in four matches, an average of 3.72 per set. That includes an average of 4.13 digs per set in helping lead Miami to a tournament championship at the Billiken Challenge. She was only three short of her career-high with 29 digs in a win over Youngstown State on Saturday that clinched the title. She made only three reception errors in 100 attempts, and also contributed five kills as a defensive player in four matches.
Meg Riley, Miami
Junior, St. Louis, Mo./Cor Jesu Academy
Riley returned to her hometown of St. Louis and led Miami to the tournament championship of the Billiken Challenge. She was named tournament MVP after recording double-doubles in every single match. She also had a double-double against Xavier on Tuesday, making her 4-for-4 on the week. Riley led the RedHawks with 55 kills in four matches, an average of 3.06 per set. She hit .292 from the outside. Also serving as a setter while in the back row in MU’s 6-2 offense, she had 76 assists, an average of 4.22 per set. Riley scored on her block, contributing 11 total (1 solo 10 assisted) in four matches. She had 11 kills and a .476 hitting percentage against Xavier. She followed it up with a season-high 19 kills in the come-from-behind win against host Saint Louis on Friday. Riley contributed 13 kills against Bradley and 12 to clinch the championship versus Youngstown State.
Jenna Radtke, Northern Illinois, MB
Freshman, Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson
Freshman Jenna Radtke had a solid weekend on the front line for the Huskies at the NM State Tournament. She began the tournament with nine kills and a .333 attack percentage against UALR. Later that day against Southern Utah, Radtke scored a career-high 12 kills and had five blocks, along with a .320 hitting percentage in a 3-2 win against the Thunderbirds. Radtke closed NIU’s stay in the Land of Enchantment with six kills and three blocks against New Mexico State.
Justine Schepler, Northern Illinois, Libero
Senior, Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore
Senior Justine Schepler had a career weekend for the Huskies at the NM State Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. In NIU’s tournament opener against UALR, she finished with 15 digs and a .955 receive percentage. Later in the day against Southern Utah, Schepler set a career high with 25 digs in a 3-2 Huskie win over the Thunderbirds. The Sycamore, Ill., native closed the tournament with 21 digs and a perfect 1.000 receive percentage against the host New Mexico State Aggies.
Meredith Ashy, Ohio University, DS
Sophomore, Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy
Ashy continued her stellar start to the 2013 season by averaging 4.45 digs/set, while leading Ohio to a 3-0 record and the WKU Invitational tournament title this past weekend. The Louisville, Ky., native posted 10 digs while contributing a team-high two service aces in Friday’s 3-0 win vs. UNLV. Against No. 21 Western Kentucky on Saturday, Ashy notched 5.3 digs/set while adding a service ace and three assists. Her strong defensive play helped Ohio earn the first sweep of WKU on its home floor by an opponent since the 2010 season. Ashy wrapped up the weekend with a match-high 23 digs in Ohio’s 3-2 victory over ACC foe Virginia. Ashy has now posted double-digit digs in each of Ohio’s past eight matches.
Dakota Harkins, Toledo, Middle Blocker
Senior, Canal Fulton,OH/Northwest
Senior MB Dakota Harkins earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the North Harbour Marriott Challenge this weekend after posting a team-best .351 attack percentage as well as 2.3 kills per set and 0.9 blocks per set. Harkins tallied a season-high 14 kills, five blocks and a .542 hitting mark in UT’s 3-2 victory over the host Pilots to give the Rockets a 4-0 mark in five-set matches this year. She also tallied seven kills, four blocks and a .389 ATK% vs. UC-Davis.
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Libero
Senior, St. Philip Catholic Central
Oliver controlled the back line for the Broncos last weekend, leading the Broncos in digs over the course of four matches, including three at the Active Ankle Challenge hosted by #5 Florida. Oliver totaled 74 digs on the week, including 66 (5.50/set) in Florida. Oliver produced the match-high in digs against Iona in the Broncos’ 3-0 victory, digging 14 balls and helping the Broncos hold the Gaels to a .000 hitting percentage for the match; no other player in the match reached double figures in digs. Oliver again produced the match-high in digs in the Broncos’ narrow 3-2 loss at Georgetown, digging 23 balls when no other player on either side dug more than 16. Oliver was at her best in the Broncos’ tournament finale against Florida, digging a match-high 29 balls against the fifth-ranked Gators in just four sets (7.25/set).
Stephenee Yancy, Western Michigan, Middle Blocker
Sophomore, Aroma Park, Ill. / Kankakee
Yancy was named to the All-Tournament team at the Active Ankle Challenge, hosted by #5 Florida, marking the third time in three chances this year that Yancy has been named to an All-Tournament team. In addition, Yancy paced the Broncos with averages of 4.00 kills/set, 4.43 points/set, and a .363 hitting percentage on the week. Yancy notched a team-high 12 kills in the Broncos’ loss to IPFW, also adding a block for a total of 12.5 points. She had the match-high with 12 kills in the Broncos’ 3-0 win against Iona on Friday, adding a block for a points total of 12.5. Yancy ranked second on the team in kills in the Broncos’ 3-2 loss against Georgetown on Saturday, notching 16 kills and adding five total blocks for a points total of 19.0. She saved her best performance of the weekend for last, though, recording 20 kills and a mind-boggling .613 hitting percentage on 31 swings in the Broncos’ narrow 3-1 loss at #5 Florida. Yancy led the team with two solo blocks in the match against the Gators, though, and finished with a weekend-best 22.5-point performance.