It’s Tuesday, so it means we’re recapping the players of the week in as many conferences as we can find.

But we start with the Team USA men, who stayed alive in Olympic qualification with a sweep of Russia on Tuesday at the FIVB World Cup in Tokyo. The U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, came to the match and got in a picture with the team.

The U.S. plays Argentina on Wednesday. Click here for the full story.

Players of the week


The Atlantic Coast Conference honored Pitt middle blocker Jenna Potts, Virginia middle hitter Anna Walsh and N.C. State middle blocker Blayke Hranicka. Potts earned ACC Player of the Week honores, while Walsh and Hranicka were tabbed co-Freshmen of the Week. Read the entire story here.

Big Ten

Penn State middle Haleigh Washington continues to play big and the sophomore was named the Big Ten’s player of the week. There were co-defensive players, Michigan State sophomore libero Abby Monson and Nebraska junior outside Kadie Rolfzen. Michigan State sophomore Rachel Minarick was the setter of the week, and Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke and Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson were co-freshmen of the week. Click here for the entire story.

Big 12

Kansas sophomore setter Ainise Havili was the league’s top offensive player and Iowa State’s Caitlin Nolan, a senior libero, was the top defensive player. Shelly Fanning of Baylor was top rookie. Click here for the full read.

Southeastern Conference

A freshman took the league’s top honor, libero Okiana Valle of Arkansas. There were co-offensive players, senior middle Ty Laporte of Ole Miss and junior outside Carly Kan of Missouri, and co-defensive players in LSU senior Haley Smith and Kentucky’s Kaz Brown. Aubrey Ezell of South Carolina was the setter of the week and freshman honors went to Okiana. For the full story, click here.


The league gave its awards to Colorado’s Gabby Simpson, Washington’s Melanie Wad and Washington State’s McKenna Woodford.

Sophomore outside hitter Simpson was the top offensive player, senior middle Wade got the nod for her defense, and outside Woodford was the freshman of the week. Click here for the full read.

West Coast Conference

The top honors went to BYU junior middle Amy Boswell.  To see the video, click here.


The Metro Atlantic’s best were Siena junior setter Haley Howell, Niagra sophomore Rylee Hunt and Manhattan’s Alyssa Rehrer. Read the full release here.

Missouri Valley

The league’s best were Illinois State’ outside Ashley Rosch, Wichita State middle Abbie Lehman and UNI freshman outside Bri Weber. For the full Valley release, which contains a lot more than just POWs, click here.

American Athletic

SMU senior setter Avery Acker was not only the league’s offensive player of the week, but also the AVCA player of the week. The league’s top defensive player was teammate Morgan Helse, a junior libero. For the full release, click here.

Sun Belt

Appalachian State’s Paige Brown is the league’s top setter for the fourth week in a row. Also honored were Little Rock’s Edina Sellmovic, Appalachian State’s Megan Mahoney, and Arkansas State’s Calisa May. For the league’s full release, including a recap of the Sun Belt’s start of conference play, click here.


The Colonia honored James Madison’s Janey Goodman, Delaware’s Ariel Shonk and James Madison’s Taylor Austin, and Towson’s Jocelyn Kullan. For all the scoop, click here.

Atlantic Sun

NJIT’s Nina Vukotic, North Florida’s Erin Edwards and FGCU’s Amanda Carroll took home the awards. For the full release, click here.



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