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2020-21 Women's Volleyball Players of the Week

Players of the week are evaluated on their performance during the week prior to the announcement. Each player is selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution's award winners.

 


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Week 8 (November 10, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.)

Meawad recorded 56 total kills for an average of 6.22 assists per set. The senior has now recorded her second attacker of the week award this season. 

Nominees: Jaqueline Silva, Columbia (Mo.); Mary Rimmer, Point (Ga.); Ana Collar, Indiana Wesleyan; Anna Wedel, Northwestern (Iowa); Emi Elms, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Aidan Brown, McPherson (Kan.); Lorelei Porter, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.)

 

Defender of the Week: Allison Ruddick, Union (Ky.)

Ruddick totaled 86 digs last week for an average of 7.82 digs per set. The senior also posted her 1,000th career dig last week. 

Nominees: Olivia Skipworth, Columbia (Mo.); Havyn Gates, Indiana Wesleyan; Emily Strasser, Northwestern (Iowa); Gabi Delsing, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Emily Monson, Kansas Wesleyan; Kenna Burman, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Jayden Gormley, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Aurora Alderman, Warner (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Amanda Mendes, Park (Mo.)

Mendes totaled 117 assists last week for an average of 13 assists per set. The senior also recorded a double-double (38 assists, 11 digs) against Evangel (Mo.). 

Nominees: Shannon McLain, Missouri Baptist; Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Maria Pelak, Saint Francis (Ind.); Lacey Reitz, Northwestern (Iowa); Cortney Hanna, Kansas Wesleyan; Kaley Lyons, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Morgan Burns, Texas Wesleyan; Katie Grose, Ave Maria (Fla.)


Week 7 (November 3, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.)

Meawad helped her team to an undefeated week and recorded a double-double vs Missouri Valley (21 kills, 12 digs). The senior was also one dig away from a second double-double vs Central Methodist (Mo.) (28 kills, 9 digs). 

Nominees: Sidney Branson, Columbia (Mo.); Courtney Pressley, Reinhardt (Ga.); Eliana Serdynski, Saint Francis (Ind.); Corrina Timmermans, Dordt (Iowa); Bianca Ihetu, Dillard (La.); Jordan Price, Lincoln Christian (Ill.); Aidan Brown, McPherson (Kan.); Lena Pucnik, Life (Ga.); Katelyn Byrd, WVU Tech; Abby Wells, SAGU (Texas); Abigail Andrews, Mobile (Ala.); Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.)

 

Defender of the Week: Maddy Payne, Bethel (Ind.)

Payne totaled 23 total blocks with 19 assisted and four solo blocks. 

Nominees: Myrnaliz Perez, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Layla Grant, Milligan (Tenn.); Kayla Harris, Morningside (Iowa); Chloe Young, Dillard (La.); Gabi Delsing, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Aspen Kridner, Avila (Mo.); Marin Black, Life (Ga.); Kenna Burman, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Aeriel Horton, SAGU (Texas); Melea Meadows, Mobile (Ala.); Victoria Fernandez, St. Thomas (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Kayla Daggett, Mount Mercy (Iowa)

Daggett mad program history after hitting the 3,465 assists mark to become the program all-time assists leader. 

Nominees: Luisa Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Erinn Marroquin, Reinhardt (Ga.); Maria Pelak, Saint Francis (Ind.); Tara Callahan, Concordia (Neb.); Taylor Hurst, Dillard (La.); Cynarah Rodriguez, McPherson (Kan.); Taylor Rubtsov, Life (Ga.); Hannah Sipe, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Tori Burns, SAGU (Texas); Sarah Warren, Mobile (Ala.); Lily Witkoski, Ave Maria (Fla.)


Week 6 (October 27, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Jessica Swimm, IU East (Ind.)

Swimm totaled 29 kills and set a new season-best of 18 kills in a match vs Ohio Christian. The freshman also recorded a double-double against both Ohio Christian (18 kills, 10 digs) and Point Park (Pa.) (11 kills, 13 digs). 

Nominees: Raylyn Dodd, Missouri Baptist; Courtney Pressley, Reinhardt (Ga.); Skyler Van Note, Marian (Ind.); Kalli Hegerle, Jamestown (N.D.); Bria Mayes, Xavier (La.); Jennifer Roth, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Olivia Deckelman, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Morgan Bryand, Kansas Wesleyan; Lena Pucnik, Life (Ga.); Victoria Johnson, Mayville State (N.D.); Bailey Foy, Texas Wesleyan; Jordan Stephens, William Carey (Miss.); Giovana Larregui, Coastal Georgia; Taylor Paul, Indiana Tech

 

Defender of the Week: Jennifer Torres, Xavier (La.)

Torres helped the Gold Nuggets to a victory over William Carey while setting a new school record of 37 digs in a match. The senior is the first XULA player to reach 30 digs in consecutive matches. 

Nominees: Olivia Skipworth, Columbia (Mo.); Layla Grant, Milligan (Tenn.); Maggie Meyer, Marian (Ind.); Hannah Connelly, Dordt (Iowa); Gabi Delsing, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Jocelyn Tidwell, Cottey (Mo.); Emily Monson, Kansas Wesleyan; Marin Black, Life (Ga.); Mason Hart, Mayville State (N.D.); Macee Rudy, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Veronika Webb, Texas Wesleyan; Melea Meadows, Mobile (Ala.); Emily Boehlein, Southeastern (Fla.); Jacey Blust, Indiana Tech

 

Setter of the Week: Hope Leimbach, Midland (Neb.)

Leimbach recorded an impressive 82 assists on the week and didn't drop below 40 assists in each match. The sophomore averaged 13.67 assists per set. 

Nominees: Shannon Mclain, Missouri Baptist; Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Maria Pelak, Saint Francis (Ind.); Eva Le Guillou, Xavier (La.); Kayla Daggett, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Zari Montgomery, Ottawa (Kan.); Taylor Rubtsov, Life (Ga.); Elora Passa, Mayville State (N.D.); Reece Shirley, Indiana East (Ind.); Riley Burcham, SAGU (Texas); Gillian Tripp, William Carey (Miss.); Lily Witkoski, Ave Maria (Fla.); Andrea Schriver, Indiana Tech


Week 5 (October 20, 2020) 

Attacker of the Week: Eve Fountain, Bellevue (Neb.)

Fountain recorded a double-double against Dakota State (S.D.) (26 kills, 19 digs). The freshman also tied a school record for most kills in a match with 26. 

Nominees: Isidora Stojovic, Missouri Baptist; Carley Gregory, Milligan (Tenn.); Isabelle North, Bethel (Ind.); Ady Dwight, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Kennedy Wade, Xavier (La.); Alicia Jaquez, William Penn (Iowa); Lily Miller, Cottey (Mo.); Hannah Lentell, Avila (Mo.); Madison Bidwell, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Erinn Adam, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Ana Pimenta, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Mia Hague, William Carey (Miss.); Giovana Larregui, Coastal Georgia; Emma Westra, Indiana Tech

Defender of the Week: Eryn Russell, Evangel (Mo.) 

Russell helped her team to a 2-0 week. The junior totaled 53 digs and a reception percentage of 0.962 with only one serve receive error on 26 attempts. 

Nominees: Ariana Macies, Missouri Baptist; Allison Ruddick, Union (Ky.); Maggie Meyer, Marian (Ind.); Emily Strasser, Northwestern (Iowa); Maya Smith, Xavier (La.); Carmin Butterworth, Sterling (Kan.); Marin Black, Life (Ga.); Lindsey Winger, Waldorf (Iowa); Macee Rudy, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Gracie Soza, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Helene Masone, Loyola (La.); Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.); Jacey Blust, Indiana Tech

Setter of the Week: Lacey Reitz, Northwestern (Iowa)

Reitz recorded her third setter of the week this season while she directed her team to a 4-0 week. The senior recorded nearly 200 assists (176) on the week and a double-double (53 assists, 12 digs) against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). 

Nominees: Manuela Vargas, Missouri Baptist; Katie James, Montreat (N.C.); Madyson Beaver, Bethel (Ind.); Eva Le Guillou, Xavier (La.); Makaila Winward, William Penn (Iowa); Cynarah Rodriguez, McPherson (Kan.); Camryn Rich, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.); Reece Shirley, Indiana East (Ind.); Lesly Galarza, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Gillian Tripp, William Carey (Miss.); Brooklyn VandeHei, Keiser (Fla.); Andrea Schriver, Indiana Tech


Week 4 (October 13, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Foecker now holds her third attacker of the week mention this season. The senior tied her own third-best mark for kills in a three-set match with 19 kills and hit at her second-highest clip of 0.471 vs Southwestern Christian (Okla.). 

Nominees: Khyra Echols, Central Baptist (Ark.); Carley Gregory, Milligan (Tenn.); Amanda Adams, Taylor (Ind.); Anna Holen, Jamestown (N.D.); Tori Lowry, Evangel (Mo.); Emi Elms, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Jordan Valentine, Bethany (Kan.); Mary Zimmerman, Life (Ga.); Andrea Carson, Bellevue (Neb.); Lexi Gentry, Indiana East (Ind.); Krista Trimble, Florida College; Giovana Larregui, Coastal Georgia; Olivia Niekamp, Indiana Tech

 

Defender of the Week: Jacey Blust, Indiana Tech 

 

Blust opened up the week with a new career-high 30 digs against Concordia (Mich.). The sophomore recorded only three reception errors on 46 total attempts for an 0.935 reception percentage. 

Nominees: Lauren Brown, UHSP (Mo.); Rheagan Kean, Bryan (Tenn.); Maddy Payne, Bethel (Ind.); Anna Holen, Jamestown (N.D.); Cameryn Campbell, William Penn (Iowa); Elizabeth Hardacre, Kansas Wesleyan; Marin Black, Life (Ga.); Anna Koehler, Bellevue (Neb.); Samantha Wigfield, Indiana East (Ind.); Maegan Plunk, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Johanna Hoffpauir, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Victoria Schein, Ave Maria (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.) 

 

Galas surpassed triple digits with 105 total assists on the week. The junior also posted 30+ assist in all three matched last week and recorded a double-double (30 assists, 11 digs) against Valley City State (N.D.).

Nominees: Kacie Kinnikin, UHSP (Mo.); Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Kacy Bragg, Taylor (Ind.); Jackie Meiklejohn, Jamestown (N.D.); Makaila Winward, William Penn (Iowa); Kaila Harris, Southwestern (Kan.); Taylor Rubtsov, Life (Ga.); Macy Roell, Rio Grande (Ohio); Riley Burcham, SAGU (Texas); Sydney Colledge, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Lily Witkoski, Ave Maria (Fla.); Genna Karbowski, Indiana Tech

 


Week 3 (October 6, 2020) 

Attacker of the Week: Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.)

Seward surpassed two big career milestones with 1,500 career kills and 1,000 career digs. The senior helped her team to remain undefeated this week against Florida Memorial and Southeastern (Fla.). The Seahawks are currently undefeated this season. 

Nominees: Emoree Martin, Central Baptist (Ark.); Shayna Baugh, Union (Ky.); Amanda Adams, Taylor (Ind.); Anna Wedel, Northwestern (Iowa); Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.); Aidan Brown, McPherson (Kan.); Baylie Dashner, Dickinson State (N.D.); Erinn Adam, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Jordan Bernard, Loyola (La.)

 

Defender of the Week: Isabelle North, Bethel (Ind.)

North posted a double-double last week with a week-high 15 kills and 10 blocks against Marian (Ind.). The freshman middle blocker posted her third double-digit blocking performance this season.

Nominees: Alizea Garza, Central Baptist (Ark.); Cierra Williams, Tennessee Wesleyan; Emily Strasser, Northwestern (Iowa); Rebekah Rothacher, Park (Mo.); Emily Monson, Kansas Wesleyan; Kallene Klever, Valley City State (N.D.); Samantha Wigfield, Indiana East (Ind.); Kennede Jones, Oklahoma Panhandle State; Helene Masone, Loyola (La.); Victoria Schein, Ave Maria (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Lacey Reitz, Northwestern (Iowa)

Reitz was one assist away from recording triple-digit assists on the week for an average of 14.14 assists per set. The senior recorded a double-double in both matches last week against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (52 assists, 16 digs) and Morningside (Iowa) (47 assists, 12 digs). 

Nominees: Taylor Folsom, Central Baptist (Ark.); Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Olivia Zawadski, Indiana Wesleyan; Amanda Mendes, Park (Mo.); Mac Smart, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Cortney Hanna, Kansas Wesleyan; Emma Self, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Karlie Cleveland, Dickinson State (N.D.); Reece Shirley, Indiana East (Ind.); Ryann Hale, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Kailyn O'Neal, Loyola (La.); Lily Witkoski, Ave Maria (Fla.)

 


Week 2 (September 29, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Foecker tied her career kills record in a three-set match at 21 kills vs Bethel (Kan.). The Senior also notched her ninth career double-double (19 kills, 10 digs) against Friends (Kan.).

Nominees: Cassady Reno, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Shayna Baugh, Union (Ky.); Sarah Spangler, Marian (Ind.); Taylor Sabinash, Jamestown (N.D.); Jordan Wolfe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Olivia Deckelman, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Paola Sanabria-Lopez, Bethany (Kan.); Hannah McGowan, Bethel (Tenn.); Victoria Johnson, Mayville State (N.D.); Lorelei Porter, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Emma Noskey, Florida College; Arianna Bolinger, St. Thomas (Fla.); Mackenzie Winger, Rochester (Mich.)

 

Defender of the Week: Isabelle North, Bethel (Ind.)

North posted a new program record and matched the Crossroads conference record with 13 assisted blocks vs Grace (Ind.).  

 

Nominees: Aubree Mann, St. Louis Pharmacy (Mo.); Allison Ruddick, Union (Ky.); Sydney Ellingson, Jamestown (N.D.); Chevy Wagner-chun, Grand View (Iowa); Carmin Butterworth, Sterling (Kan.); Lindsey Christianson, Bethel (Tenn.); Mason Hart, Mayville State (N.D.); Mariana Rodriguez, Midway (Ky.); Maegan Plunk, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Johanna Hoffpauir, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Kiersten Tisdale, Webber International (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Kyleigh Beecham, St. Thomas (Fla.)

Beecham recorded 30 plus assists in each of the three matches that she competed in. The sophomore averaged an impressive 11.2 assists per set. 

 

Nominees: Luisa Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Paige Brenner, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Jackie Meiklejohn, Jamestown (N.D.); Alana Cooksley, Clarke (Iowa); Breanne Akiu, Sterling (Kan.); Maggie Brooks, Bethel (Tenn.); Elora Passa, Mayville State (N.D.); Reece Shirley, Indiana East (Ind.); Ryann Hale, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Sydney Colledge, Blue Mountain (Miss.)


Week 1 (September 21, 2020)

Attacker of the Week: Gabi Nordaker, Concordia (Neb.)

A freshman from Omaha, Neb., Gabi Nordaker hit .556 from her spot at middle blocker as Concordia defeated both Doane and Hastings in straight sets and currently ranks third nationally in hitting percentage (0.552)

 

Nominees: Sidney Branson, Columbia (Mo.); Michaela Cox, Union (Ky.); Skyler Van Note, Marian (Ind.); Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.); Jordan Valentine, Bethany (Kan.); Victoria Johnson, Mayville State (N.D.); Alysha Tullar, Midway (Ky.); Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Mo Sutphin, Brewton-Parker (Ga.) ; Giovana Larregui, Coastal Georgia

 

Defender of the Week: Maegan Plunk, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Senior libero Maegan Plunk made history in MACU's five-set upset at Oklahoma Wesleyan by setting the program's record for the most digs in a single match with 46, averaging 9.2 digs per set. Plunk shattered the previous record set by Shelbi Johnson in 2010 with 38 while also tallying 10 digs higher than her previous career-high of 36 set last season.

 

Nominees: Alizea Garza, Central Baptist (Ark.); Holly Heath, Reinhardt (Ga.); Maddy Payne, Bethel (Ind.); Kayla Harris, Morningside (Iowa); Cameryn Campbell, William Penn (Iowa); Alyssa Arnold, Friends (Kan.); Mason Hart, Mayville State (N.D.); Kenna Burman, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Marina Dennis, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Kiersten Tisdale, Webber International (Fla.)

 

Setter of the Week: Gabbey Harrington, Grace (Ind.)

Gabbey Harrington kept Grace's undefeated season going with a 2-0 week with wins over No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington (Ind.).

 

Nominees: Luisa Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Lauren Anderson, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Kourtney Hansen, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Breanne Akiu, Sterling (Kan.; Clarissa Hilary, Valley City State (N.D.); Brittney Just, Brescia (Ky.); Ryann Hale, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Karmyn Key, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Katie Grose, Ave Maria (Fla.)

 

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