From Sacramento State sweeping the Big Sky honors to North Caroina’s Taylor Leath getting 27 kills to Torrey Van Winden lighting it up for Cal Poly to Laura Milos of Oral Roberts averaging more than five kills per set to Bowling Green’s Kallie Seimet getting 34 digs in a match, it was another great week for POWs in NCAA women’s Division I college volleyball.

You can look forward every Tuesday to the roundup of the POWs around the country.

POWs, of course, are players of the week, and we will do our best to list the honorees from all 32 Division I conferences here.

Player of the week: North Carolina junior outside Taylor Leath
Freshman: Duke outside Payton Schwantz
Worth noting: North Carolina finally got into the win column as Leath had 43 kills and hit .360 in two victories, including 27 kills against LSU, most for a Tar Heel since 2005. In three Duke victories, Schwantz had 37 kills added 17 digs and six blocks.
The complete ACC release
Big 12
Offensive: Kansas senior outside Madison Rigdon
Defensive: Iowa State senior middle Alexis Conway
Freshman: Texas outside Lexi Sun
Worth noting: The Big 12 has no release and makes its announcement on Twitter @Big12Conference
Big Ten
Player of the week: Penn State senior outside Ali Frantti
Defensive: Wisconsin junior middle Tionna Williams
Setter: Nebraska senior Kelly Hunter
Co-Freshman: Ohio State libero Hannah Gruensfelder, Wisconsin middle Dana Rettke
Worth noting: Frantti averaged 4.6 kills and 1.4 digs in victories over Stanford and Colorado for No. 3 Penn State. Williams averaged 3.0 kills and 2.8 blocks while hitting .500, including 11 blocks against Lipscomb. Hunter, who missed the start of the season with an injury, averaged 12.5 assists in the Huskers’ back-to-back wins over UCLA. And Gruensfelder, averaging 5.03 digs this season, had 38 against Ohio State, while Rettke averaged 4.2 kills and 1.5 blocks and hit .512 in two victories.
The complete Big Ten release
Offensive: Oregon senior right side Taylor Agost
Defensive: Utah junior middle Berkeley Oblad
Freshman: Cal outside Mimi Mirkovic
Worth noting: Agost averaged 3.11 kills and hit .619 and has just four errors in her last 77 swings over five matches. Oblad averaged 2.36 kills, hit .477, and averaged 1.45 blocks.
The complete Pac-12 release
Southeastern Conference
Player of the week: Kentucky freshman setter Madison Lilley
Offensive: Arkansas senior Pilar Victoria
Defensive: Alabama junior libero Quincey Gary
Setter: Lilly
Freshman: LSU freshman outside/middle Taylor Bannister
Worth noting: Lilley averaged 14.4 assists and had five kills, two aces and six digs in two victories. Victoria continued to light it up, averaging 6.0 kills and 3.19 digs. She leads the league at 6.43 kills and is hitting .348. Gary averaged 5.7 digs, while the 6-foot-5 Bannister had 58 kills and hit .543 in three matches.
The complete SEC release
America East
Player of the week: Stony Brook junior middle McKyla Brooks
Defensive specialist: UMass Lowell junior libero Lindsey Visvardis
Setter: Binghamton senior setter Sarah Ngo
Rookie: Binghamton freshman libero Samantha Gioiosa
Worth noting: The AE release comes out on Wednesday. This is from September 6.
The complete America East release
American Athletic
Offensive: SMU senior outside Lauren Mills
Defensive: Tulane sophomore libero Kaylie McHugh
Worth noting: Mills averaged 4.17 kills and 3.58 digs, including 27 kills against UTSA and eight blocks against Texas State. McHugh averaged 4.09 digs.
The complete American Athletic release
Atlantic Sun
Player of the week: USC Upstate junior setter Madison Haake
Defensive: North Florida junior libero Ashley Laborde
Freshman: FGCU outside Cortney VanLiew
Worth noting: Haake had back-to-back triple doubles in two matches where she totaled 30 kills, 41 assists and 28 digs. Laborde averaged 4.36 digs, while VanLiew had 44 kills in three matches and averaged 2.45 digs.
The complete ASUN release
Atlantic 10
Player of the week: Dayton senior middle Amber Erhahon
Defensive: VCU junior middle Tori Baldwin
Rookie: La Salle freshman outside Samantha Graver
Worth noting: Erhahon averaged 3.71 kills, hit .538 and averaged 1.36 blocks in four matches. Baldwin averaged 1.18 blocks in a 4-0 week and also had 30 kills and hit .466. Graver’s team won five matches and that included her 25 kills against Robert Morris. She had 79 digs and eight aces.
The complete A-10 release
Big East
Offensive: Butler junior outside Whitney Beck
Defensive: Creighton sophomore libero Brittany Witt
Freshman: Villanova outside Mallory Potts
Worth noting: Beck averaged 5.17 kills and 4.0 digs, Witt averaged 3.8 digs and .50 aces, and Potts averaged 4.0 kills.
The complete Big East release
Big South
Player of the week: Radford senior outside Maddie Palmer
Defensive: Gardner-Webb junior libero Keira Moore
Freshman: High Point libero Abby Bottomley
Worth noting: Palmer owns the award more or less. She averaged 4.36 kills, 2.91 digs as she won for the third time in as many weeks. Moore averaged 1.6 blocks and Bottomley averaged 4.88 digs.
The complete Big South release
Big Sky
Offensive: Sacramento State senior setter Kennedy Kurtz
Defensive: Sacramento State senior libero Brigette Murdock
Worth noting: It was a good week to be a Hornet. They went 4-0 as Kurtz averaged 10.56 assists, .78 kills and hit .409. Murdock averaged 5.06 digs.
The complete Big Sky release
Big West
Player of the week: Cal Poly sophomore outside Torrey Van Winden
Defensive: UC Davis junior libero Malia Bolko
Freshman: Cal State Fullerton libero Savahna Costello
Worth noting: Van Winden went back-to-back as she averaged 5.45 kills while hitting .353. She had 30 kills in a big win over Wichita State. Bolko averaged 5.47 digs, while Costello averaged 5.21 digs.
The complete Big West release
Colonial Athletic Association
Offensive: Elon junior outside Kam Terry
Co- Defensive: James Madison senior libero Taylor Austin
Co- Defensive: Towson junior middle Olamide Sonuga
Rookie: Hofstra freshman middle Sanne Maring
Worth noting: Terry averaged 4.17 kills and hit .323 as Elon went 4-0. Austin got the honor for the second straight week for getting 50 digs in three victories. Sonuga averaged 1.44 blocks and 2.0 kills in five wins, while Maring had 25 kills, hit .396 and had 16 blocks in four matches.
The complete Colonial release
Conference USA
Offensive: Western Kentucky senior outside Alyssa Cavanaugh
Defensive: WKU junior middle Rachel Anderson
Setter: WKU senior Jessica Lucas
Freshman: Charlotte outside Sydney Rowan
Worth noting: WKU took three of the four awards as the Hilltoppers went 3-0 to get to 9-2. Cavanaugh had 69 kills and hit .420 in 15 sets. Anderson averaged 1.8 blocks, while Lucas averaged 10.47 assists. She also had 12 digs, 17 kills and two aces. Rowan had 41 kills in four matches.
The complete C-USA release
Carla Salvato of UIC
Horizon League
Offensive: Cleveland State senior setter Gina Kilner
Defensive: UIC junior libero Carla Salvato
Worth noting: Kilner averaged 11.67 assists, while Salvato averaged 5.75 digs.
The complete Horizon release
Ivy League
Player of the week: Princeton sophomore outside Natasha Skov
Rookie: Columbia freshman outside Jamie Dailey had 27 kills and hit .386.
Worth noting: Princeton went 4-0 and Skov averaged 4.13 kills and 4.97 digs. Dailey
The complete Ivy release
Metro Atlantic
Player of the week: Rider senior setter Veronica Koval
Libero: Niagara senior Rylee Hunt
Rookie: Niagara freshman outside Jaycie Roberts
Worth noting: Koval averaged 9.79 assists and 2.57 digs. Hunt, going back-to-back, averaged 7.09 digs, which included 37 against Central Connecticut, while teammate Roberts averaged 2.55 kills and 3.91 digs.
The complete MAAC release
MAC East offensive: Miami senior right side Katie Tomasic
MAC West offensive: Central Michigan senior outside Jordan Bueter
MAC East defensive: Bowling Green junior libero Kallie Seimet
MAC West defensive: Western Michigan sophomore libero Kathleen Reilly
Worth noting: Tomasic averaged 2.44 kills, .61 blocks and hit .340. Bueter had 65 kills and six aces in three matches. Seimet is averaging 5.81 digs this season, which includes getting 36 against Northern Kentucky. And Reilly had 33 digs in two matches and went a perfect 43 for 43 on serve receptions.
The complete MAC release
Player of the week: Howard sophomore middle Kira Porter
Defensive: Morgan State sophomore libero Jasmine Hubbard
Setter: Howard junior Tamia Dockery
Rookie: North Carolina Central freshman outside Da’Nesha Miller
Worth noting: Porter averaged a block a set and hit .371. Hubbard averaged 4.9 digs. In addition to assists, Dockery had 35 digs, eight blocks and eight kills in three matches. And Miller averaged 2.33 kills and 2.83 digs.
The complete MEAC release
Missouri Valley
Player of the week: Missouri State senior outside Lilly Johnson
Defensive: Missouri State junior libero Emily Butters
Freshman: Illinois State setter Stef Jankiewicz
Worth noting: Johnson averaged 4.45 kills and 4.45 digs, which included 15 kills, 18 digs and four aces against Washington. Butters averaged 6.36 digs, while Jankiewicz averaged 11.46 assists and 2.54 digs.
The complete Valley release
Mountain West
Offensive: Colorado State senior outside Sanja Cizmic
Defensive: Colorado State sophomore middle Paulina Hougaard-Jensen
Worth noting: Cizmic was also named the AVCA national POW. Czmic, from Croatia, had 35 kills in three matches and hit .415. She also had six blocks and an ace. Hougaard-Jenson, from Denmark, had 16 blocks in those three matches and had 30 kills while hitting .500.
The complete Mountain West release
Lindsey Massicotte of Central Connecticut
Northeast Conference
Player of the week: Central Connecticut senior middle Maddie Smith
Defensive: Central Connecticut senior libero Lindsey Massicotte
Rookie: Saint Francis senior libero Jenna Veres
Worth noting: Smith hit .500 in three matches and averaged 2.82 kills. Massicotte averaged 6.55 digs, while Veres averaged 6.41 digs.
The complete Northeast release
Ohio Valley
Offensive: SIUE senior middle Taylor Joens
Co-Defensive: Eastern Illinois sophomore libero Anne Hughes
Co-Defensive: Morehead junior middle Maddie Fella
Setter: Morehead State junior Jordan Jones
Newcomer: Morehead State freshman middle Olivia Lohmeier
Worth noting: Joens had 40 kills, hit .369 and had 11 digs and seven blocks in three matches. Hughes had 63 digs in three matches, while Fella, who is from Santa Claus, Indiana, had 16 blocks and 11 kills in three matches. Jones had 62 assists, but also 24 kills, 27 digs, eight aces and seven blocks. And Lohmeier had 28 kills, hit .404 and had 15 blocks in three matches.
The complete OVC release
Patriot League
Player of the week: Navy senior outside Maggie Phillips
Rookie: American freshman Helena Elbaek
Worth noting: Navy keeps representing. This week it’s Phillips, who had 40 kills and hit .337 in three victories. She also had 16 digs and six blocks. Elbaek had 32 kills in two matches to go with four aces and nine blocks.
The complete Patriot release
Southern Conference
Offensive: Mercer junior middle Paige Alsten
Defensive: Furman senior libero Meg DeMaar
Worth noting: Alsten had 50 kills in 13 sets and leads the SoCon in hitting at .414 and in blocks with 40. DeMaar averaged 5.58 digs per set.
The complete SoCon release
Southland Conference
Offensive: McNeese sophomore middle Shanna Spree
Defensive: McNeese sophomore libero Angela McGownd
Worth noting: It was all sophomore Cowgirls. Spree had 39 kills and hit. 315 in four matches, while McGownd averaged 7.07 digs.
The complete Southland release
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Laura Milos of Oral Roberts
Offensive: Oral Roberts senior outside Laura Milos
Defensive: North Dakota State senior libero Mikaela Purnell
Worth noting: Milos averaged 5.3 kills, slightly better than her league-leading average of 5.03 per set. Purnell, winning the award for the second time in three weeks, averaged 6.0 digs.
The complete Summit release
Sun Belt
Offensive: Coastal Carolina senior outside Leah Hardemann
Defensive: Texas State junior middle Madison Daigle
Setter: Appalachian State senior Ashlyn Brown
Freshman: Louisiana outside Hali Wisnoskie
Worth noting: Hardemann averaged 4.83 kills and hit .301. Daigle, a product of Volleyball Baton Rouge, had 34 blocks and nine digs in five matches. She had 16 kills and 10 blocks against UTSA. Brown averaged 10.47 assists, while Wisnoskie had 32 kills and hit .338 in three matches for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The complete Sun Belt release
West Coast
Player of the week: Loyola Marymount sophomore outside Savannah Slattery.
Worth noting: Slattery had 12 kills each in sweeps of Long Beach and San Diego State and hit .302. She also had 16 digs and four blocks. Also nominated were Michelle Gajdka, Santa Clara; Jasmine Gross, Pepperdine; Morgan Hughes, Saint Mary’s; Jayden Kennedy, San Diego; McKenna Miller, BYU; Cali Thompson, Portland; Marit Thorkildsen, Gonzaga
The complete WCC release
Western Athletic
Player of the week: Chicago State junior outside Lauryn Dela Cruz
Worth noting: Dela Cruz averaged 4.65 kills and 3.65 digs as her team went 4-1 last week. Also nominated: CSU Bakersfield’s Fabiana Andrade, .Hannah Hicks of Grand Canyon, Kansas City’s Alicia Harrington, Tatyana Battle of NM State,  Seattle U’s Katarina Marinkovic, Dubravka Vukoja of UT Rio Grande Valley and Utah Valley’s Lexi Thompson.
The complete WAC release

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