There was a lot of buzz Monday over the new AVCA poll, one that saw USC move into the top spot, Penn State fall to third, and Arizona State reach an unprecedented No. 5.

But if this is Tuesday, it’s time for our weekly compilation of the the POWs, players of the week, in as many conferences as we could find.

Few players in the country had a more impressive couple of matches than LSU sophomore outside hitter Gina Tillis, who followed up her 37-kill performance at Georgia on Friday with 20 more kills Sunday at Auburn. How about Audra Appold of Ohio State, who had 22 kills against Nebraska. And Macy Gardner is doing special things for Arizona State, which is having a special season.

Just click on the league heading to go to that story.

Southeastern Conference

The aforementioned Tillis was the league’s offensive player. But the player-of-the-week and defensive-player honors went to Texas A&M junior middle Jazzmin Babers, who had 15 blocks in two three-set sweeps, hit .568, including 11 of 11 against Auburn. The setter of the week was Aubrey Ezell, a freshman for South Carolina, and the freshman of the week was middle Erica Treiber of Tennessee.

Atlantic Coast Conference

North Carolina middle Paige Neuenfeldt and Florida State outside Nicole Walch were named ACC co-players of the week, while Virginia middle Anna Walsh was the top freshman for the fourth time this season. Neuenfeldt hit .727 and became the second Tar Heel ever to reach 400 block assists. Walch had 27 kills and hit .510.

Big Ten

In the week that saw some incredible battles, there were plenty of honors to go around.

The Buckeyes’ Audra Appold (Ohio State Athletics)

Audra Appold of Ohio State, a freshman outside, and Purdue senior middle Annie Drews shared co-player of the week honors. Appold, also the top freshman of the week, had 22 kills in the big Ohio State victory over Nebraska and had 25 digs in two matches. Drew hit .411 in her two matches.

There were co-defensive players, too, in Nebraska junior libero Justine Wong-Orantes and Wisconsin freshman middle Tionna Williams. Wong-Oranges was superb against both Penn State and Ohio State, while Williams had 13 blocks in two matches for the Badgers.

The top setter of the week was Wisconsin junior Lauren Carlini.


It was no surprise that Arizona State senior outside Macy Gardner was named the offensive player of the week. She had 22 kills against Stanford and then had 14 more against Cal and now is the all-time ASU kills leader with 1,873. The defensive player was Colorado junior libero Cierra Simpson, who had 29 digs in a win at Oregon and then 14 more against Oregon State. And the freshman of the week was Stanford’s Hayley Hodson.

Big 12

As unbeaten Kansas rolled on, sophomore outside Madison Ridgon was named the league’s offensive player of the week for hitting .733 against West Virginia. Kansas State junior Kersten Kober was top defensive player for her 37 digs against TCU. And the rookies of the week were Oklahoma’s Madison Drescher and Texas’s Yaazie Bedart-Ghani.

Missouri Valley

The player of the week is Illinois State middle Jaclyn Keene. The defensive player is Missouri State’s Lily Johnson, and the freshman is Shimen Farad of Wichita State. Johnson had 20 kills and 21 digs against Wichita State.

The Valley release is a good one with more than just the POWs.

Sun Belt

Arkansas State’s Carlisa May was named freshman of the week for the fifth time this season, teammate Mallory Washington was named top setter, and Texas State’s Sierra Smith was top defender.

Atlantic Sun

Lipscomb’s Brittnay Estes and Lauren Anderson were joined by Jacksonville’s Mayara Prestes as this week’s Atlantic Sun POWs. Anderson had 53 digs in two matches.

American Athletic Conference

It was all SMU. Senior outside Callin Bula was the offensive player and junior libero Morgan Helse was top defensive player. She was perfect in 25 serve-receive opportunities.

America East

New Hampshire senior defensive specialist Madison Lightfoot was the top defensive player, junior middle blocker Demi Muses was top player, Maryland-Baltimore County’s Makenzie Morgen was top rookie, and Stony Brook senior Nicole Vogel was top setter.

Big Sky

With the perfect name for the honor, Idaho State’s Makenzie Flier was the league’s POW. The senior middle had big matches against Portland State and Sacramento State.

Big West

Long Beach junior Nele Barber was the POW, UC Irvine’s Harlee Kekauoha was the top freshman, and UC Irvine’s Idara Akpakpa was top defender.

Mid-American Conference

The MAC East offensive player is Paige Hill, a junior middle for Miami, Ohio, while the MAC East defensive player is Kent State sophomore libero Challen Geraghty. the MAC West offensive player is T’Ara Austin, a junior outside for Northern Illinois, while the top defensive player is Toledo junior libero Maurissa Leonard.

Mountain West

The offensive player is sophomore middle Kaitlyn Oliver of Boise State, while the defensive player is junior middle Acacia Andrews of Colorado State. The MWC release has everything you could ever want to know about the league’s vball.

West Coast Conference

The WCC does a video.

Conference USA

There were co-offensive POWs, Carnae Dillard, a junior outside for North Texas, and Stephanie Purdue, a junior outside for Southern Miss. The defensive player is Jessica Lucas of Western Kentucky, and the freshman Julianna Dole of Rice. 

Ohio Valley

Allyson Zuhlke, a sophomore outside for Jacksonville State, is the offensive POW. Jade Mortimer of Southeast Missouri, a junior libero, took defensive honors. The setter is Sharon Anderson, a junior for Tennessee Tech, and the newcomer Morehead State outside Meredith Jewell.

Big East

It was an all-Creighton POW for the league as Lauren Smith, a junior middle, was named top player. Outside Jail Winters was top freshman. Smith hit .524 for the only team still unbeaten in the league.

That’s all we have for the precincts reporting. We will update if more come in.


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