Many of the mid-majors announced their players of the year last week before their respective conference tournament, so we have both those and players of the week in this roundup.

Pittsburgh's Nika Markovic is the ACC POW/Pittsburgh photo
Pittsburgh’s Nika Markovic is the ACC POW/Pittsburgh photo


Player of the week: Pittsburgh sophomore setter Kamalani Akeo

Freshman: Pittsburgh right side Nika Markovic

Worth noting: Akeo averaged 12.43 assists and 2.14 digs per set, while her teammate hit .343 in two matches while averaging 4.39 kills and 3.29 digs.

The complete ACC release

Big 12

Offensive: Texas junior right outside Ebony Nwanebu

Co-Defensive: Iowa freshman libero Hali Hillegas

Co-Defensive: Kansas senior middle blocker Tayler Soucie

Freshman: Texas outside Micaya White

Worth noting: Nwanebu hit .585 for the week. Hillegas, last week’s top freshman, averaged 6.60 digs. Soucie had 16 blocks in two matches and has had five or more blocks in five consecutive matches. White hit .349, had eight blocks and had 25 kills and 16 digs in two victories.

The complete Big 12 release

Big Ten

Player of the week: Wisconsin freshman outside hitter Molly Haggerty

Defensive: Illinois sophomore middle blocker Ali Bastianelli

Setter: Wisconsin senior Lauren Carlini

Freshman: Haggerty

Worth noting: Haggerty averaged 5.1 kills and hit .373 and had 20 digs in two matches. Bastianelli averaged 3.0 blocks, while Carlini averaged 13.7 assists as she earned the setter award for the 11th time.

The complete Big Ten release


Offensive: Stanford freshman outside Kathryn Plummer

Defensive: UCLA senior libero Taylor Formico

Freshman: Plummer

Worth noting: Plummer averaged 4.67 kills, hit .333 and had 2.83 digs and half a block in two road wins. Formico averaged 6.0 digs.

The complete Pac-12 release

Southeastern Conference

Player of the week: Kentucky freshman outside Leah Edmond

Offensive: Missouri junior outside Melanie Crow

Defensive: Missouri sophomore middle Alyssa Munlyn

Setter: Kentucky sophomore Olivia Dailey

Freshman: Edmond

Worth noting: Edmond is the freshman for the second straight week, but as the POW she had 39 kills in two victories and had 10 digs and five blocks in those matches. Dailey, too, went back to back, as she averaged 14.0 assists. Crow averaged 4.67 kills and 1.67 digs, while Munlyn averaged 1.44 blocks.

The complete SEC release

Demi Muses of New Hampshire is the America East POY
Demi Muses of New Hampshire is the America East POY

America East

Player of the year: New Hampshire senior middle Demi Muses

Defensive specialist: UMBC sophomore libero Kristin Watson

Setter: New Hampshire senior Keelin Severtson

Rookie: Binghamton outside Lauren Kornmann

Coach: Glenn Kiriyams of Binghamton

Worth noting: Muses won it in 2015, too, as UNH won the honor for the fourth straight year. She leads the league in kills (3.61 per set) and is fifth in hitting (.313) and digs I3.98. Watson led the league with 5.56 digs per set. Severtson won for the second straight year after leading the league with 11.36 assists per set. Kornmann led all freshmen with 3.5 kills in AE play.

The complete America East release

American Athletic

Offensive: Cincinnati sophomore right side Jordan Thompson

Defensive: Memphis sophomore libero Mady Ruhlman

Worth noting: Thompson averaged 4.83 kills and hit .359 in two matches, while Ruhlman averaged 5.62 digs, including 31 against Tulsa.

The complete AAC release

Atlantic Sun

Player of the year: Lipscomb sophomore outside Carlyle Nusbaum

Defensive: Kennesaw State junior libero Katrina Morton

Freshman: North Florida outside hitter Gabby O’Connell

Worth noting: Nusbaum led the league with 4.55 kills per set. Morton led the league with 5.09 digs per set, while O’Connell led all freshmen in the league with 376 kills.

The complete ASUN release

Danielle Rygelski is the A10 POY
Danielle Rygelski is the A10 POY

Atlantic 10

Player of the year: Saint Louis senior outside Danielle Rygelski

Libero: Dayton sophomore Margo Wolf

Rookie: Fordham outside hitter Olivia Fairchild

Coach: Tim Horsmon, Dayton

Worth noting: Rygelski, who led the nation in kills at 5.97 per set, won the weekly award seven times this season. Wolf led the league in digs with 5.12, while Fairchild set a school freshman record with 4.30 kills per set.

The complete A-10 release

Big East

Player of the week: Seton Hall senior libero Tessa Fournier

Freshman: Villanova libero Regan Lough

Worth noting: Fournier had 22 digs in three sets against St. John’s to go with three assists and an ace. Lough won for the third time as she had 60 digs in two matches.

The complete Big East release

Maddie Palmer of Radford is the Big South POY
Maddie Palmer of Radford is the Big South POY

Big South

Player of the year: Radford junior outside Maddie Palmer

Freshman: Liberty outside Leah Clayton

Coach: Marci Jenkins, Radford

Worth noting: Palmer, POW six times, led the league with 447 kills and 43 aces. Clayton had 320 kills and was freshman of the week three times. Jenkins won the award for the third time in four seasons.

The complete Big South release

Big Sky

No honors to post this week from the Big Sky.

Big West

Player of the week: Hawai’i senior right side Nikki Taylor

Defensive: Long Beach State freshman libero Hailey Harward

Freshman: Hawai’i setter Norene Iosia

Worth noting: Taylor won the honor for the 10th time as averaged 5.29 kills, 2.57 digs, 1.14 aces and 0.57 blocks in two matches. Harward averaged 6.17 digs in two matches, while Iosia averaged 10.57 assists and 3.57 digs to go back to back on the honor.

The complete Big West release

Colonial Athletic Association

Player of the year: James Madison senior outside Janey Goodman

Setter: Northeastern junior Kristen Walding

Defensive specialist: James Madison junior libero Taylor Austin

Rookie: Hofstra freshman right side Laura Masciullo

Coach: Ken Nichols, Northeastern

Worth noting: Goodman has 503 kills this season and led the league with 4.66 per set. Walding averaged 9.78 assists and 2.41 digs. Masciullo averaged 3.37 kills and had 30 aces. Austin averaged six digs. Nichols also won the award in 2008.

The complete Colonial release

Conference USA

Player of the year: WKU junior outside Alyssa Cavanaugh

Libero: Marshall senior Allie Kellerman

Setter: WKU junior Jessica Lucas

Freshman: Southern Miss outside Catherine Repsher

Coach: Travis Hudson, Western Kentucky

Worth noting: Cavanaugh’s .338 hitting percentage topped all NCAA volleyball players who had 900 or more attacks this season, Lucas averaged 11.49 assists, while Kellerman had 482 digs. Repsher had 100 blocks.

The complete C-USA release

Cleveland State senior Grace Kauth is the Horizon POY
Cleveland State senior Grace Kauth is the Horizon POY

Horizon League

Player of the year: Cleveland State senior outside hitter Grace Kauth

Offensive: Kauth

Defensive: Valparaiso senior libero Morganne Longoria

Setter: Cleveland State junior Gina Kilner

Co-Freshman: Milwaukee middle blocker Bridget Wallenberger

Co-Freshman: Cleveland State outside hitter Sara Skeens

Co-Coach: Chuck Voss, Cleveland State

Co-Coach: Sean Burdette, Green Bay

Worth noting: Kauth averaged 3.61 kills. Longoria, who doubled as libero-setter, averaged 5.23 digs.

The complete Horizon release

Ivy League

Player of the year: Princeton senior outside Cara Mattaliano

Defensive: Columbia senior libero Cassie Wes

Co-Rookie: Columbia freshman middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom

Co-Rookie: Princeton right side Maggie O’Connell

Coach: Sabrina King, Princeton

Worth noting: Mattaliano led the league with 308 kills, 3.76 per set. Wes averaged 5.51 digs, while Ikwauzom led the Ivy with a .427 hitting percentage and 1.37 blocks per set. O’Connell hit .396 and was fourth in kills with 3.08.

The complete Ivy release

Metro Atlantic

Player of the year: Fairfield junior outside Skyler Day

Setter: Rider junior Veronica Koval

Co-Libero: Niagara junior libero Rylee Hunt

Co-Libero: Marist senior outside hitter Lexi Millington

Rookie: Marist freshman middle/right side Megan Fergus

Coach: Todd Kress, Fairfield

Worth noting: Day led the MAAC with 450 kills, 4.25 per set. Hunt averaged 4.62 digs, while Millington averaged 4.77 digs and and had 44 aces. Koval led the league with 48 aces and averaged 8.93 assists.

The complete MAAC release


MAC player of the year: NIU senior middle blocker Jenna Radtke

MAC setter of the year: Bowling Green freshman Isabelle Marciniak

MAC libero of the year: Bowling Green senior Madeline Garda

MAC freshman: Marciniak

Worth noting: Radtke was MAC West offensive POW five times this season. Garda was MAC East defensive POW five times.

The complete MAC release


Player of the year: Howard junior outside hitter Khaila Donaldson

Co-Rookie: Bethune-Cookman freshman outside Alana Handy

Co-Rookie: Florida A&M freshman outside Nicole Abreu

Coach: Shaun Kupferberg, Howard

Worth noting: Donaldson led the league in kills with 3.99 per set. Handy was fifth with 3.34, while Abreu was sixth at 3.22.

The complete MEAC release

Missouri Valley

Player of the week: Wichita State sophomore outside Tabitha Brown

Defensive: UNI sophomore libero Kendyl Sorge

Freshman: Drake middle blocker Elle Tubbs

Worth noting: Brown averaged 4.17 kills in two road wins and hit .392. Sorge averaged 6.29 digs, while Tubbs had 17 blocks in two wins.

The complete Valley release

Mountain West

Nothing posted as we posted.

Sacred Heart's Sarah Krufka is the Northeast POY
Sacred Heart’s Sarah Krufka is the Northeast POY

Northeast Conference

Player of the year: Sacred Heart senior right side Sarah Krufka

Setter: Bryant senior Vika Katzen

Libero: Sacred Heart senior Ana Gonzalez

Rookie: Central Connecticut freshman right side Morgan Woycik

Coach: Rob Machan, Sacred Heart

Worth noting: Krufka became the third player in NEC history to win back-to-back NEC POYs. She led the league with 3.81 kills per set. Katzen repeated as setter of the year, while Gonzalez averaged 3.77 digs per set, 4.36 in conference play. Woycik was rookie of the week three times this season.

The complete Northeast release

Ohio Valley

Player of the year: Murray State senior outside Scottie Ingram

Defensive: Murray State senior libero Ellie Lorenz

Setter: Austin Peay sophomore Kristen Stucker

Freshman: Eastern Kentucky setter Rachel Woody

Coach: Leah Johnson, SIUE

Worth noting: Ingram won the award for the third consecutive year. She led the league with 4.3 kills per set and was second on her team with 356 digs. Lorenz led the OVC with 5.30 digs per set. Stucker averaged 10.37 assists, while Woody averaged 6.67 assists and had 210 kills and 263 digs.

The complete OVC release

Patriot League

Player of the year: American sophomore outside hitter Aleksandra Kazala

Setter: Navy sophomore Patricia Mattlingly

Libero: Navy sophomore Sydney Shearn

Rookie: American freshman middle blocker Vela McBride

Coach: Barry Goldberg, American

Worth noting: Kazala hit .308 this season with 451 kills. Mattingly averaged 9.97 assists, while Shearn averaged 4.67 digs. McBride had 188 kills and 71 blocks. Her coach won the award for the sixth time.

The complete Patriot release

Southern Conference

Player of the year: ETSU senior outside hitter Briana Allmon

Libero of the year: UNCG sophomore Christina Gregory

Freshman: Wofford outside hitter Catie Cronister

Coach: Lindsey Devine, ETSU

Worth noting: Allmon averaged 4.26 kills per set, second in the league. Gregory led the SoCon with 5.23 digs. Cronister led all freshman with 3.79 digs per set.

The complete SoCon release

Southland Conference

Player of the year: Texas A&M Corpus Christi junior outside Brittany Gilpin

Setter: Texas A&M Corpus Christi junior Kristyn Nicholson

Freshman: Stephen F. Austin setter Ann Hollas

Newcomer: Texas A&M Corpus Christi sophomore middle Madison Fitzsimmons

Libero: Texas A&M Corpus Christi junior libero Kate Klepetka

Coach: Steve Greene, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Worth noting: Gilpin had 353 kills and 266 digs and finished third in league play averaging 3.73 kills per set while also ranking ninth in hitting at .326. Nicholson and Klepetka are repeat winners.

The complete Southland release


Player of the year: Alabama A&M senior outside Ashundria McNeal

Setter: Alabama State junior Justus Tuiolosega

Libero: Alabama State senior libero Jamie Coleman

Newcomer: Alabama State junior outside/right side Ni’yeshia Brown

Freshman: Alabama State outside hitter Bayle Bennett

Worth noting: McNeal won the award in 2015, too and led the league with 501 kills.

The complete SWAC release

Summit League

Player of the year: South Dakota senior outside hitter Audrey Reeg

Defensive: North Dakota State junior libero Mikaela Purnell

Setter: South Dakota junior Brittany Jessen

Freshman: South Dakota outside hitter Elizabeth Loschen

Coach: Leanne Williamson, South Dakota

Worth noting: Reeg was second in the league with 403 kills, 3.95 per set. Jessen went back to back with the award, while Loschen averaged 2.31 kills. Purnell averaged 5.61 digs.

The complete Summit release

Sun Belt

Player of the year: Coastal Carolina junior outside Leah Hardeman

Offensive: Arkansas State sophomore outside hitter Carlisa May

Defensive: Arkansas State senior libero Markie Schaedig

Setter: Arkansas State senior Mallory Warrington

Freshman: Arkansas State outside Kenzie Fields

Newcomer: Coastal Carolina senior outside Tahleia Bishop

Coach: Dave Rehr, Arkansas State

Worth noting: Hardeman was second in the league in kills at .371 per set. May led in kills with 403, 3.88 per set. Schaedig averaged 5.3 digs per set, while Washington was top setter for the second straight year. She was second in the NCAA with 11.93 assists. Rehr was also COY in the 2015.

The complete Sun Belt release

West Coast

Not posted as we posted.

Carol Grosso of CSU Bakersfield is the WAC POY/Mark Nessia, Mark Nessia Photography
Carol Grosso of CSU Bakersfield is the WAC POY/Mark Nessia, Mark Nessia Photography

Western Athletic

Player of the year: CSU Bakersfield senior outside Carol Grasso

Libero: NM State junior Ariadne Sierra

Setter: UMKC senior Kaylyn Brandt

Freshman: Seattle U outside Katarina Marinkovic

Coach: Sam Atoa, Utah Valley

Worth noting: Grasso led the league in kills with 4.47 per set, and aces, 0.87. Sierra averaged 4.65 digs, while Brandt averaged 11.17 assists. Marinkovic averaged 3.68 kills, fourth in the league.

The complete WAC release

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