POWs: 8th time for Arkansas State’s Mallory Warrington, SMU sweeps, all 32 leagues listed

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UCLA senior libero Taylor Formico is the Pac-12 defensive player of the week/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

Her team is ranked No. 1 in the VolleyballMag.com Mid-Major Poll and now senior Jessica Sloan is the Conference USA setter of the week for a record seventh-time this season.

One better is Mallory Warrington of Arkansas State, who won the same award in the Sun Belt for the eighth time this season.

Micaya White of Texas was named the Big 12 freshman of the week for the sixth time, tying the league record.

SMU took both American Athletic Awards as Katie Hegarty and Janelle Giordano were honored.

That’s just a sampling of another week of big performances around NCAA Division I volleyball.

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

Player of the week: Pittsburgh junior outside hitter Mariah Bell

Freshman: Pittsburgh right-side Nika Markovic

Worth noting: Bell hit 40 kills, 21 digs, seven blocks, three aces and hit .258 as the Panthers went 2-0, including upsetting No. 8 North Carolina. Markovic, from Slovenia, returned from an injury and had 19 kills against UNC.

The complete ACC release

Kansas right side Kelsie Payne was the Big 12 and AVCA national POW/KU photo
Kansas right side Kelsie Payne was the Big 12 and AVCA national POW/KU photo

Big 12

Offensive: Kansas junior right-side Kelsie Payne

Defensive: Iowa State freshman libero Hali Hillegas

Freshman: Texas outside Micaya White

Worth noting: Payne, also the AVCA national POW, averaged 4.62 kills and hit .356, Hillegas had 27 digs against K-State and White averaged 4.88 kills as she was named the league’s top freshman for the sixth time.

The complete Big 12 release

Big Ten

Player of the week: Iowa sophomore right-side Reghan Coyle

Defensive: Minnesota junior middle Molly Lohman

Setter: Wisconsin senior Lauren Carlini

Freshman: Indiana outside Kendall Beerman

Worth noting: Coyle hit .490 in two Iowa victories, Lohman had 11 blocks in two matches, Carlini won the setter award for the 10th time and had 32 digs in two matches, and Beerman had 21 kills in two matches and hit .356.

The complete Big Ten release

Pac-12

Offensive: Stanford senior middle Inky Ajanaku

Defensive: UCLA senior libero Taylor Formico

Freshman: Stanford outside Kathryn Plummer

Worth noting: Ajanaku averaged 3.50 kills and hit .645, while Formico averaged 5.88 digs and Plummer averaged 4.67 kills and 3.67 digs.

The complete Pac-12 release

Southeastern Conference

Offensive: Arkansas senior outside Danielle Harbin

Defensive: Texas A&M senior libero Victoria Arenas

Setter: Florida sophomore Allie Monserez

Freshman: Tennessee freshman setter Sedona Hansen

Worth noting: Harbin averaged 5.56 kills and 3.33 digs, including a career-high 27 kills and six blocks against Georgia. Monserez leads the nation at 12.28 assists per set, but last week averaged 12.83 for the Gators.

The complete SEC release

America East

Player of the week: New Hampshire senior middle Demi Muses

Defensive specialist: Albany senior middle Amanda Dolan

Setter: Binghamton junior Sarah Ngo

Rookie: Binghamton freshman outside Lauren Kornmann

Worth noting: Muses is a fixture in the weekly awards. She led the league with 4.62 kills per set and hit .319. Ngo went back-to-back as she averaged 10.83 assists and three digs. Dolan averaged 2.0 blocks and Kornmann averaged 4.0 kills.

The complete  America East release

American Athletic

Offensive: SMU junior right-side Katie Hegarty

Defensive: SMU senior middle Janelle Giordano

Worth noting: Hegarty had the first triple-double in rally scoring era in SMU history and first in American Athletic Conference history with 22 kills, 12 digs and 10 blocks in a five-set win against Tulane. Giordano had 19 blocks in two matches.

The complete American Athletic release

Atlantic Sun

Player of the week: Jacksonville freshman outside Mallory Mattingly

Defensive: Lipscomb sophomore outside Carlyle Nusbaum

Freshman: Mattingly

Worth noting: Mattingly had 35 kills and 35 digs in two matches, while Nusbaum averaged 2.50 digs and had 31 kills in two matches.

The complete ASUN release

Atlantic 10

Co-Player of the week: Dayton junior outside Jessica Sloan

Co-Player of the week: Rhode Island senior Audrey Castro

Defensive: Dayton junior middle Amber Erhahon

Co-Rookie: Dayton freshman outside Jamie Peterson

Co-Rookie: VCU freshman Jasmin Sneed

Worth noting: Sloan averaged 5.0 kills per set, while Castro averaged 4.56 and 2.5 blocks. Sneed averaged 1.73 blocks, including 12 against Fordham.

The complete A-10 release

Big East

Player of the week: Villanova junior outside Allie Loitz

Freshman: Creighton right-side Megan Ballenger

Worth noting: Loitz averaged 3.86 kills and 4.0 digs, while Ballenger averaged 2.17 kills, 1.87 blocks and 1.17 digs while hitting a league-best .500.

The complete Big East release

Big South

Player of the week: Winthrop senior opposite Emma Weakland

Defensive: Winthrop freshman middle Kelsey Schroll

Freshman: Liberty outside Leah Clayton

Worth noting: Weakland averaged 4.0 kills. Schroll had 41 digs and 16 blocks in three victories, while Clayton averaged 4.78 kills and 4.0 digs.

The complete Big South release

Big Sky

Offensive: Sacramento State senior right-side Madeline Cannon

Defensive: Sacramento State senior libero Lexie Skalbeck

Worth noting: Cannon averaged 4.83 kills and hit .421, while Skalbeck averaged 7.0 digs.

The complete Big Sky release

Nele Barber of Long Beach State is the Big West POW/Ed Chan, VBshots.com
Nele Barber of Long Beach State is the Big West POW/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

Big West

Player of the week: Long Beach State senior outside Nele Barber

Defensive: CSUN junior libero Katie Sato

Worth noting: Barber averaged 5.13 kills over two matches, while Sato averaged 4.89 digs.

The complete Big West release

Colonial Athletic Association

Co-Offensive: Elon junior setter Sydel Curry

Co-Offensive: Hofstra freshman right-side Laura Masciullo

Defensive: Hofstra senior libero Sophia Black

Rookie: Towson freshman setter Marrissa Wonders

Worth noting: Masciullo had already won three rookie honors this year. She got her first offensive award for averaging 4.21 kills per set over three matches. Curry averaged 11.1 assists and 3.64 digs in three matches, while Black filled in at libero and averaged 5.29 digs.

The complete Colonial release

Western Kentucky's Jessica Lucas is the C-USA co-setter/Steve Roberts, WKU Athletics
Western Kentucky’s Jessica Lucas is the C-USA co-setter/Steve Roberts, WKU Athletics

Conference USA

Offensive: WKU sophomore middle Rachel Anderson

Defensive: Rice senior outside Leah Mikesky

Co-Setter: Southern Miss sophomore Sarah Bell

Co-Setter: WKU junior Jessica Lucas

Freshman: Marshall setter Madelyn Cole

Worth noting: Anderson had 29 kills and hit .553 in two wins. Mikesky had 28 digs in seven sets. Cole had to set for the first time and had 55 assists against FAU, second most in a four-set league match this season.

The complete C-USA release

Horizon League

Offensive: Cleveland State junior setter Gina Kilner

Defensive: Cleveland State junior libero Shannon Grega

Worth noting: Kilner averaged 13.17 assists, while Grega averaged 5.83 digs.

The complete Horizon release

Ivy League

Player of the week: Cornell sophomore outside Carla Sganderlia

Rookie: Princeton freshman middle Maggie O’Connell

Worth noting: Sganderlia had back-to-back 20-kill matches, while O’Connell hit .377 in two matches with 32 kills, five digs and three blocks.

The complete Ivy release

Metro Atlantic

Player of the week: Fairfield senior middle Megan O’Sullivan

Libero: Siena senior Kalehua Katagiri

Rookie: Marist freshman Megan Fergus

Worth noting: O’Sullivan hit .600 and averaged 2.83 kills and 1.50 blocks for the Stags, who are unbeaten in league play. Katagiri averaged six digs and Fergus won the honor for the fourth time as she averaged 3.17 kills per set.

The complete MAAC release was not available as we posted. 

Mid-American

MAC East offensive: Bowling Green senior outside Jelena Sunjic

MAC West offensive: Toledo junior middle Rachel Vidourek

MAC East defensive: Bowling Green senior libero Madeline Garda

MAC West defensive: Toledo sophomore libero Maurissa Leonard

Worth noting: Sunjic had 38 kills and hit .368, while Vidourek averaged 3.17 kills and hit .600. Garda averaged 9.50 digs per set, while Leonard averaged 7.67 digs per set.

The complete MAC release

Mid-Eastern

Player of the week: Florida A&M freshman outside Maria Yvette Garcia

Defensive: Howard senior libero Morgan Marlbrough

Setter: Florida A&M freshman Elena Dimitrova

Rookie: Bethune-Cookman freshman outside Alana Handy

Worth noting: Handy had 50 kills in two matches, while Marlbrough averaged 10.0 digs.

The complete MEAC release

Lily Johnson of Missouri State is the Missouri Valley offensive POW/Missouri State photo
Lily Johnson of Missouri State is the Missouri Valley POW/Missouri State photo

Missouri Valley

Player of the week: Missouri State junior outside Lily Johnson

Defensive: Illinois State senior outside Aly Dawson

Freshman: Missouri State freshman Daniele Messa

Worth noting: Johnson averaged 5.86 kills, 3.29 digs and 0.57 blocks and became the sixth player in school history to have 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Messa averaged 13.43 assists and 4.0 digs.

The complete Valley release

Mountain West

Offensive: New Mexico outside hitter Devanne Sours

Defensive: Wyoming defensive specialist Madi Fields

Worth noting: Sours averaged 4.88 kills and hit .431, while Fields averaged 3.88 digs per set.

The complete Mountain West release

Northeast Conference

Player of the week: Sacred Heart sophomore outside Makayla Dole

Defensive: Robert Morris senior outside Arden Fisher

Rookie: Sacred Heart freshman outside Lisel Nelis

Worth noting: Dole averaged 4.43 kills, Fisher averaged 5.57 digs and Nelis averaged 4.8 digs and had four aces.

The complete Northeast release

Ohio Valley

Offensive: Austin Peay junior middle Ashley Slay

Co-Defensive: Murray State senior libero Ellie Lorenz

Co-Defensive: Morehead State sophomore outside Merideth Jewell

Setter: Austin Peay sophomore Kristen Stucker

Newcomer: Eastern Kentucky junior outside Nikki Drost

Worth noting: Slay hit better than .400 in all three of her matches, Jewell had 26 digs and 17 blocks, Lorenz averaged 6.83 digs and Drost averaged 4.24 kills and 2.25 digs.

The complete OVC release

Patriot League

Player of the week: Army West Point junior middle Carolyn Bockrath

Rookie: Bucknell freshman middle Bridgette Holland

Worth noting: Bockrath averaged 3.67 kills and hit .543. Holland averaged 3.5 kills and hit .458 to go with 10 blocks.

The complete Patriot release

Southern Conference

Offensive: Samford senior outside Erin Bognar

Defensive: UNCG sophomore libero Christine Gregory

Worth noting: This was Bognar’s third award and second in as many weeks and Gregory’s third in five weeks. Bognar averaged 5.0 kills last week, while Gregory averaged 5.57 digs.

The complete SoCon release

Southland Conference

Offensive: Texas A&M Corpus Christi junior setter Kristyn Nicholson

Defensive: Stephen F. Austin junior libero Lexus Cain

Worth noting: Nicholson had 44 assists in a three-set match, Cain averaged 5.67 digs.

The complete Southland release

Southwestern

Offensive: Prairie View A&M junior outside Taylor Goudeau

Defensive: Alabama State’ senior libero Jamie Coleman

Setter: Alabama State junior Justus Tuiolosega

Worth noting: Coleman was the defensive POW for the fifth time.

The complete SWAC release

Summit

Player of the week: South Dakota senior outside Audrey Reeg

Offensive: South Dakota State senior right-side Ashley Beaner

Defensive: North Dakota State junior outside Mikaela Purnell

Worth noting: Reeg won the award for the third time, averaging 4.67 kills. Beaner had 25 kills against Oral Roberts. Purnell won the defensive honor for the third time as she had back-to-back 28-dig performances.

The complete Summit release

Sun Belt

Offensive: Coastal Carolina junior outside Leah Hardeman

Defensive: Texas State freshman libero Micah Dinwiddle

Setter: Arkansas State senior Mallory Warrington

Freshman: Dinwiddle

Worth noting: Dinwiddle averaged 7.36 digs per set, while Hardeman averaged 4.33 kills and hit .392. Warrington won the setter award for the eighth time this season.

The complete Sun Belt release

West Coast

Player of the week: Pepperdine freshman middle Jasmine Gross

Worth noting: She broke the school’s all-time blocks record with 15 against Pacific and in two matches averaged 3.0 blocks per set, 2.88 kills and 0.75 digs. She hit .383.

The complete WCC release

Western Athletic

Player of the week: CSU Bakersfield senior outside Carol Grasso

Worth noting: The Brazilian won the award for the second time as she averaged 3.75 kills, 3.88 digs, 0.62 aces and 0.62 blocks in two big road victories.

The complete WAC release


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