NCAA Division I POWs from border to border, coast to coast

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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Kate Klepetka is the Southland defensive POW

We’ve got the POWs.

Like Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Kate Klepetka, who averaged 6.75 digs as her team improved to 6-0 in the Southland Conference and she was named defensive player of the week.

Or Eastern Washington’s Ka’iulani Ahuna , who was the offensive POW in the Big Sky.

Texas State took three of the four Sun Belt Conference weekly awards.

Washington junior Courtney Schwan averaged five kills per set to grab the Pac-12 offensive honor.

Natalie Rivera, an LIU Brooklyn freshman libero, broke the school record with 48 digs and was honored by the Northeast Conference.

Florida A&M had three winners in the MEAC, one from the Dominican Republic, one from Colombia and another from Peru.

You can look forward every Tuesday to the VolleyballMag.com 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.

ACC

North Carolina outside hitter Julia Scoles is the ACC POW for the second straight week after averaging 3.50 kills, 2.83 digs and 0.83 aces per set in two victories.

Notre Dame outside hitter Jemma Yeadon is the freshman of the week. She had 26 kills and 21 digs in two matches.

Big 12

Katie Staiger of Baylor had another big week and she named the top offensive player as the junior outside had 23 kills — most in a three-set match for the school since 1999 — and hit .468 against TCU. She also had 12 digs.

Oklahoma junior Marion Hazelwood was the top defensive player. The middle averaged 2.29 blocks and also 2.0 kills in two matches.

The top freshman was West Virginia outside Payton Caffrey. She led her team with 4.29 kills per set and also had 21 digs in two matches.

Big Ten

Simone Lee of Penn State and teammate Abby Dettering grabbed two of the league’s four honors. Lee was offensive POW, while Dettering was top setter.

Amber Rolfzen of Nebraska took defensive honors and MacKenzi Welsh of Michigan was top freshman.

Lee, a junior outside hitter, averaged 5.1 kills per set, hitting .321.

Rolfzen, a senior middle, averaged 2.3 blocks per set, posting a season-high nine against Purdue.

Dettering, a senior, averaged 12.6 assists per set.

And Welsh averaged 12.1 assists for the Wolverines.

Pac-12

Washington junior Courtney Schwan had a big week and after averaging 5.00 kills and hitting .338 to go with 3.86 digs per set and 0.43 blocks, it was no surprise she was the league POW.

The defensive honor went to Utah junior Tawnee Laufalemana, who had 1.14 blocks per set, 0.43 digs and also 2.57 kills and hit .485.

And the freshman was Shayne McPherson of Washington. She averaged 6.14 digs.

Texas A&M's Kaitlyn Blake is the SEC offensive POW/Texas A&M photo
Texas A&M’s Kaitlyn Blake is the SEC offensive POW/Texas A&M photo

Southeastern

Kaitlyn Blake, Texas A&M’s sophomore middle, is the SEC offensive POW after a week in which she hit .483 and averaged 3.29 kills and 1.43 blocks. For the season, Blake leads the SEC with 1.61 blocks per set and is ninth in the league with a .342 hitting efficiency.

The defensive POW is Rhamat Alhassan. The Florida junior middle had six blocks against South Carolina to go with 10 kills and an ace. Alhassan leads the SEC in blocks per set for conference matches (1.47) and ranks second overall (1.40.

The setter is again Olivia Dailey of Kentucky. The sophomore averaged 13.50 assists as the Wildcats improved to 6-0 in league play.

Teammate Leah Edmond was again the freshman of the week. The outside hitter hit .403 and averaged 5.50 kills and 1.33 digs.

America East

Demi Muses of New Hampshire is the POW for the third time in four weeks. The senior middle averaged 3.12 kills, hit .333 and came up with 5.25 digs.

The rookie of the week is teammate Emily Tanski, a freshman outside who averaged 3.25 kills and hit .297 to go with 2.88 digs. And yet another teammate, senior Keelin Severtson, was the setter of the week. She averaged 12.38 assists and 2.38 digs.

UMBC sophomore DS Kristin Watson was the defensive player of the week. She led the AE with 6.14 digs per set.

American Athletic

Danielle Cabel, a junior outside for UConn, took offensive honors after she posted a career-high 16 kills in both matches against SMU and Tulsa. She averaged 4.57 kills and hit .574 for the two matches.

The defensive POW was Mia Heirakuji. The Temple junior libero averaged 5.38 digs.

Atlantic Sun

Kennesaw State’s Anaiah Boyer, Jacksonville’s Mackenzie Swan and North Florida’s Gabby O’Connell took the ASUN honores.

Boyer won the offensive POW for the third consecutive week as she had 20 kills and eight blocks in one match and 10 more kills in the next.

Swan was the defensive player of the week for averaging 5.57 digs and has had double-digit digs in all 17 Jacksonville matches this season.

O’Connell is the freshman POW for the third time. The outside hitter’s big week left her with 247 kills, most for any freshman in the league.

Atlantic 10

Saint Louis senior outside hitter Danielle Rygelski was named the Atlantic 10 Conference POW, while Davidson senior Emily Franklin and Dayton sophomore Kendyll Brown earned Co-defensive POWs. VCU’s Jasmin Sneed was top rookie.

Rygelski had 56 kills on 109 attempts for a .312 attack percentage. She’s had four matches this season with 30 or more kills.

Franklin had 18 blocks in two matches, and also had 31 kills. Brown averaged 1.86 blocks and also 2.86 kills.

And Sneed hit .444 and averaged 1.67 kills and 1.33 blocks.

Big East

Sophomore Jenna Rosenthal helped Marquette to a 3-0 week with back-to-back double digit blocking games. The middle hitter led the league in blocks per set for the week with 2.50. Her stat line also included 1.92 kills per set. She had 16 blocks against St. John’s.

Creighton libero Brittany Witt averaged 4.71 digs, 1.29 assists and 0.43 aces and was named top freshman.

Eastern Washington’s Ka’iulani Ahuna
Eastern Washington’s Ka’iulani Ahuna

Big Sky

Eastern Washington’s Ka’iulani Ahuna was named offensive POW, while Tamara Merseli picked up the second consecutive defensive honor for North Dakota.

Ahuna, a sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist, averaged 4.71 kills while hitting .247.

Merseli, a junior outside hitter, averaged 6.44 digs and also had 26 kills in two matches.

And Matias was top freshman after she averaged 5.50 kills and 1.50 digs and hit .356.

Big West

Long Beach State teammates Ashley Murray and Hailey Harward joined Lauren Matias of UC Davis on the honor roll.

Murray, a junior middle, was offensive POW after she averaged 3.33 kills and 0.56 blocks.

Harward, a freshman libero, averaged 5.56 digs to be named defensive POW.

Colonial Athletic Association

Northeastern junior setter Kristen Walding took offensive honors for averaging 8.4 assists and 3.1 digs in two victories. She also had four blocks.

The defensive player was William & Mary sophomore middle Katie Primatic, who had 15 blocks in two matches and 17 kills.

The CAA rookie was Laura Masciullo, a Hofstra freshman right side who averaged 4.0 kills and hit .319.

Conference USA

Sarah Bell, a Southern Miss sophomore, and Jessica Lucas, a Western Kentucky junior, shared setter honors, while Allie Kellerman of Marshall was top defensive player and Jac’cara Walker of Marshall was top freshman.

Bell averaged 12.86 assists and her 11.16 average leads the league. Lucas is on the list for the sixth time this season. She 48 assists and 12 digs to go with two blocks, an ace and three kills in one match and leads the league at 11.72 assists per set.

Kellerman, a senior libero, had 29 digs in a match against UTSA and is second in C-USA at 4.80 digs per set.

Walker, an outside hitter, set career highs with 22 kills and 11 digs in Marshall’s five-set match against UTSA.

Horizon League

Northern Kentucky’s Keely Creamer was honored for having 29 kills and hitting .481 in two matches. Teammate Lauren Hurley had back-to-back 23-dig matches.

Ivy League

It was all Princeton as senior Cara Mattaliano, the reigning Ivy player of the year, and freshman Jessica Harris took the honors as the Tigers went 3-0 and are the last unbeaten team in the league at 5-0.

Mattaliano, an outside hitter, hit .262 for the week and averaged 3.83 kills. She leads the Ivy at 3.53 kps.

Harris, a setter, was named top rookie for her 42 assists in Friday’s sweep of previously unbeaten Columbia and added 27 in Saturday’s 3-0 sweep at Cornell. She also hit .556 on the week with five kills, 21 digs and a service ace.

Metro Atlantic

Fairfield is having an outstanding season so it’s no surprise that two Stags were honored this week.

The POW again is Skyler Day, the Fairfield junior outside who averaged 5.43 kills and hit .247. Teammate Mallory Bechtold, a sophomore libero, went back-to-back after averaging 6.14 digs.

The league rookie was Canisius freshman setter Cassidy Ceriani, whose week included 61 assists against Manhattan. She averaged 9.70 assists and 3.10 digs.

Ohio University's Mallory Salis/Calvin Mattheis, Ohio Athletics
Ohio University’s Mallory Salis/Calvin Mattheis, Ohio Athletics

Mid-American

The MAC, where East meets West.

The East offensive POW is Ohio senior outside Mallory Salis, who averaged 4.89 kills and hit .305. She also had 3.56 digs per set.

The MAC West offensive POW is Mary Grace Kelly, an NIU senior middle. Kelly averaged 4.94 kills after getting 31 in two matches.

The MAC East defensive player honor goes to Madeline Garda, the Bowling Green junior libero. Garda, who leads the country in digs, 6.63 per set, averaged 8.71 per set last week.

It was more for NIU as senior middle Jenna Radtke was the MAC West defensive player of the week after averaging 1.12 blocks for eight sets. She also averaged 3.0 kills and hit .400.

Mid-Eastern

The MEAC was a FAMU foreign affair this week.

Florida A&M freshman Maria Yvette Garcia was the POW as the freshman outside from the Dominican Republic had 24 kills, three assists and three digs in two matches.

Her teammate, Valeria Lopez, was setter of the week. The junior from Colombia had 65 assists, eight digs, four kills an ace in two matches.

And another teammate, FAMU’s Nicole Abreu, was rookie of the week after freshman outside from Peru had 24 digs and 15 kills in two matches.

Koya Sowells, a sophomore libero for Maryland Eastern Shore who is from Texas, was defensive player for averaging 3.83 digs per set.

Missouri Valley

Wichita State senior outside hitter Jody Larson averaged 4.17 kills, 0.50 assists, 0.17 aces, 3.67 digs and 0.67 blocks while hitting .404 in two matches to be named Valley offensive POW.

UNI sophomore libero Kendyl Sorge continued her defensive dominance as she averaged 7.43 digs/set and has 23 or more digs in four straight matches.

Missouri State setter Daniele Messa is the freshman of the week. She averaged11.17 assists, 0.83 blocks, 2.67 digs and 0.67 kills.

Jasmine Hanna hits for Colorado State/CSU photo
Jasmine Hanna hits for Colorado State/CSU photo

Mountain West

Jasmine Hanna, a junior outside for Colorado State, is the league’s offensive POW.

She averaged 3.43 kills with a .442 hitting percentage.

The defensive POW is Janell Walley of Boise State. The freshman outside averaged 3.67 digs and 1.50 blocks and had only one reception error.

Northeast

The NEC POW and rookie honors went to Morgan Woycik of Central Connecticut. The freshman right side averaged 3.56 kills and hit .414 in two sweeps.

Natalie Rivera, an LIU Brooklyn freshman libero, was top defensive player after breaking the NEC single-match digs record with 48 against Saint Francis, also tying the best in the NCAA this season. She had 20 more against Robert Morris.

Ohio Valley

Austin Peay State University volleyball junior middle blocker Ashley Slay was the OVC POW after having 37 kills (4.62 per set) and a .361 attack percentage to go with two aces and seven blocks. Slay was honored by the AVCA as the national player of the week, the first Austin Peay player ever to be so recognized.

Patriot

A familiar face gets the Patriot POW again in Navy sophomore setter Patricia Mattingly. She averaged 12.08 assists per set and four digs.

Vela McBride of American was top rookie. The freshman middle had 31 kills, five aces, seven total blocks, and hit .500 in 10 sets.

Southern

ETSU outside hitter Briana Allmon is the POW after averaging 5.38 kills per set while hitting .265 on 102 total attempts.

Chattanooga middle blocker Emily Plumlee is the defensive POW after averaging 1.71 blocks.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Brittany Gilpin
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Brittany Gilpin

Southland

Their team is 6-0 in the league and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi juniors Brittany Gilpin and Kate Klepetka are the league POWs.

Gilpin, an outside hitter, hit .310 and had 27 kills in two matches to be named offensive player of the week and also averaged 3.0 digs per set.

Klepetka, a libero, was the defensive POW after averaging 6.75 digs and leads the league in digs in conference play with 107. The Islanders have held opposing teams to a .114 hitting percentage.

Southwestern

Nope.

Summit

Denver right side Kayla Principato and Oral Roberts middle blocker Shelby Cox were named Summit League offensive POWs, while South Dakota setter Brittany Jessen was tops on defense.

Principato, a junior, hit .576 while averaging 3.50 kills, while Cox, also a junior, hit .500 and averaged 3.67 kills.

Jessen, a junior, averaged 5.38 digs, .50 blocks and 12.5 assists.

Sun Belt

Texas State hauled in three of the four awards given by the SBC, starting with senior outside Kelsey Weynand. She averaged 4.29 kills and hit .292 and was named offensive POW.

Junior teammate Erin Hoppe was named top setter after averaging 11.6 assists. She also had 15 digs, five blocks and a kill in two matches.

And Bobcat Megan Porter was top freshman after the outside hitter averaged 3.57 kills and hit .292.

Edina Selimovic, an senior middle for Little Rock, was the SBC defensive POW for averaging 2.0 blocks.

West Coast

Freshman middle blocker Ashlyn Fleming is the WCC POW.

Fleming had the strongest week of her young Pacific career as she averaged 3.88 kills on .574 attacking and committed just four attack errors on 47 attempts to go along with .086 blocks and 4.56 points per set.

Western Athletic

Utah Valley junior middle blocker Madison Dennison is the WAC POW.

She had a career-high 17 kills on .387 hitting in a 3-1 victory over WAC foe Seattle U on Saturday in the Wolverines’ only match last week. Dennison, who leads the WAC and ranks fifth in the nation in total blocks (108), has 17 more blocks than any other player in the WAC.

Other nominees included: CSU Bakersfield’s Carol Grasso, who averaged 5.25 kills and 2.25 digs … Megan Klavitter of Chicago State, who averaged 3.89 digs, 0.67 service aces and 0.33 assists … Grand Canyon’s Jordyn Sanchez, who averaged 3.50 kills and 1.70 digs … Emma Hagedorn of UMKC, who averaged 3.78 kills on .433 hitting and 1.11 blocks … and NM State’s Sasha-Lee Thomas, who averaged 3.83 kills on .320 hitting and 1.00 blocks.

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