The POW roundup, from Alhassan to Carlson to Mitchem to Kelley

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Michigan State junior middle Alyssa Garvelik is the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week/MSU Athletic Communications

Some of the better performances of the past week included Florida’s Rhamat Alhassan averaging 2.17 blocks per set, Texas A&M Corpus Christi senior right side Morgan Carlson hitting .300 or better in three matches, Hawai’i’s Katie Mitchem hitting .489 and averaging 4.17 kills, USC Upstate junior libero Kaleigh Kelley averaging 7.71 digs per set, and Janey Goodman of James Madison getting 61 kills in two matches.

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

Co-Player of the week: North Carolina sophomore outside hitter Taylor Leath

Co-Player of the week: NC State junior outside hitter Julia Brown

Freshman: Duke right side Samantha Amos

Worth noting: Leath hit .360 against Florida State and .364 against Miami. For her two matches, she had 35 kills, five blocks and two aces. Brown averaged 4.33 kills per set, 1.78 digs, and was perfect on 21 serve-receive chances. Amos had 31 kills in two matches and averaged 1.14 blocks.

The complete ACC release

Big 12

Offensive: Baylor junior outside Katie Staiger

Defensive: Baylor junior libero Jana Brusek

Freshman: Iowa freshman libero Hali Hillegas

Staiger led the league in kills at a whopping 7.75 per set, including 31 kills against Texas Tech. Brusek led in digs at 8.0, including 32 against Texas Tech, while Hillegas averaged 5.5 digs.

The complete Big 12 release

Big Ten

Player of the week: Michigan State junior outside Autumn Bailey

Co-Defensive: Michigan State junior middle Alyssa Garvelink

Co-Defensive: Nebraska senior middle Amber Rolfzen

Setter: Nebraska junior Kelly Hunter

Freshman: Michigan freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh

Worth noting: Bailey averaged 3.8 kills and hit .391, while Garvelink had 14 blocks, averaging 2.3 per set. Rolfzen had 17 blocks and averaged 2.1 per set and won the award for the fifth time. Hunter averaged 11.8 assists and added 14 digs and eight blocks as she won the award for the sixth time. Welsh averaged 11.4 assists and had 27 digs.

The complete Big Ten release

Arizona senior setter Penina Snuka (20) is the Pac-12 defensive POW
Arizona senior setter Penina Snuka is the Pac-12 defensive POW.

Pac-12

Offensive: Oregon sophomore outside Lindsey Vander Weide

Defensive: Arizona senior setter Penina Snuka

Freshman: Stanford freshman middle Audriana Fitzmorris

Worth noting: Vander Weide averaged 4.25 kills and hit .342 in two road wins. Snuka had 24 digs against USC and then 17 in three sets against UCLA. And Fitzmorris averaged 2.43 kills and hit .444 and also averaged 1.71 blocks in two road victories.

The complete Pac-12 release

Missouri junior outside Melanie Crow is the SEC offensive POW
Missouri junior outside Melanie Crow is the SEC offensive POW

Southeastern Conference

Offensive: Missouri junior outside Melanie Crow

Defensive: Florida junior middle Rhamat Alhassan

Setter: Florida sophomore Allie Monserez

Freshman: Texas A&M outside Hollann Hans

Worth noting: Crow averaged 4.43 kills and 1.86 digs, Alhassan averaged 2.17 blocks, well above her league-leading average of 1.52. Monserez went back-to-back after averaging 12.5 assists and she had careers highs of four kills, six blocks against Georgia. Hans averaged 3.57 kills.

The complete SEC release

America East

Player of the week: UMBC senior outside Zoya Trendafilova

Defensive specialist: UMBC sophomore libero Kristin Watson

Setter: New Hampshire senior Keelin Severtson

Rookie: Binghamton freshman outside Lauren Kornmann

Worth noting: Trendafilova led the league with 4.78 kills per set, Watson did the same with 6.56 digs, while Severtson averaged 10.67 assists and 1.83 digs. Kommann went back-to-back after averaging 3.38 kills, a block and a dig.

The complete America East release

American Athletic

Offensive: UCF senior outside Jale Hervey

Defensive: Tulsa senior libero Brooke Berryhill

Worth noting: Hervey averaged 6.43 kills in two road wins. Berryhill averaged 4.71 digs..

The complete American Athletic release

Atlantic Sun

Player of the week: Jacksonville senior setter Jizzyan Gesualdo

Defensive: USC Upstate junior libero Kaleigh Kelley

Freshman: North Florida outside Gabby O’Connell

Worth noting: Gesualdo averaged 10.29 assists and had 41 digs in two matches. Kelley averaged 7.71 digs, while O’Connell won the award for the fifth time after getting 28 kills in two matches.

The complete ASUN release

Atlantic 10

Player of the week: Saint Louis senior outside Danielle Rygelski

Defensive: Dayton sophomore libero Margo Wolf

Rookie: Fordham freshman outside Olivia Fairchild

Worth noting: Rygelski had 45 kills in two matches, averaging 5.62 per set and had 10 aces, including seven against Duquesne. Wolf averaged 7.29 digs, while Fairchild had 41 kills in two matches.

The complete A-10 release

Big East

Player of the week: Creighton junior setter Lydia Dimke

Freshman: Villanova libero Regan Lough

Worth noting: Dimke averaged 12 assists and 3.67 digs and 1.17 kills. Lough averaged 4.4 digs.

The complete Big East release

Big South

Player of the week: Radford junior outside Maddie Palmer

Defensive: Campbell junior libero Kayla Schanback

Freshman: Campbell outside hitter Allena Heath

Worth noting: Palmer had 56 kills and 40 digs, averaging 4.67 kills and 3.33 digs. Schanback had 55 digs in two matches, while Heath had 41 kills and eight blocks.

The complete Big South release

Big Sky

Offensive: Northern Colorado junior middle Alex Kloehn

Defensive: Idaho State freshman libero Haylie Keck

Worth noting: Kloehn hit .442 and averaged 3.43 kills, while Keck averaged 5.22 digs..

The complete Big Sky release

Big West

Player of the week: Hawai’l senior middle Annie Mitchem

Defensive: Cal Poly sophomore libero Katherin Brouker

Worth noting: Mitchem hit .489 and averaged 4.17 kills. Brouker averaged 5.56 digs and has had 20 or more digs six times this season.

The complete Big West release

James Madison senior right side Janey Goodman had 61 kills last week and is the Colonial POW
James Madison senior right side Janey Goodman had 61 kills last week and is the Colonial POW

Colonial Athletic Association

Offensive: James Madison senior right side Janey Goodman

Defensive: James Madison junior libero Taylor Austin

Rookie: Delaware freshman outside Maria Bellinger

Worth noting: Goodman was a hitting machine last week with 31 kills against Charleston and 30 more against UNCW. Austin averaged 7.3 digs, and Bellinger had 37 kills and 24 digs in two matches.

The complete Colonial release

Conference USA

Offensive: North Texas junior middle Holly Milam

Defensive: UTEP sophomore middle Kylie Baumgartner

Setter: Marshall freshman Madelyn Cole

Freshman: Cole

Worth noting: Cole went back-to-back with the freshman honor after getting 111 assists and 33 digs in two matches. Milam averaged 4.44 kills per set, while Baumgartner had 17 blocks in two matches, a C-USA high 12 against FAU.

The complete C-USA release

Horizon League

Offensive: Cleveland State freshman Sara Skeens

Defensive: Northern Kentucky outside Lauren Hurley

Worth noting: Skeens had 21 kills and hit .326, while Hurley had 51 digs in two matches.

The complete Horizon release

Ivy League

Player of the week: Columbia junior outside Anja Malesevic

Rookie: Princeton freshman middle Maggie O’Connell

Worth noting: Malesevic had 31 kills, 15 digs, seven aces, four blocks and two assists in two matches. O’Connell went back-to-back after hitting .378 with 36 kills, eight digs and four blocks.

The complete Ivy release

Metro Atlantic

Player of the week: Fairfield junior outside Skyler Day

Libero: Niagra junior Rylee Hunt

Rookie: Fairfield freshman setter Manuela Nicolini

Worth noting: Day averaged 5.25 kills and 4.0 digs, Hunt averaged 5.17 digs.

Mid-American

MAC East offensive: Ohio sophomore middle Katie Nelson

MAC West offensive: Ball State freshman middle Sydnee VanBeek

MAC East defensive: Miami junior libero Maeve McDonald

MAC West defensive: NIU senior middle Jenna Radtke

Worth noting: Nelson averaged 2.88 kills and 1.25 blocks, hitting .417 in one match and .652 in another. VanBeek averaged 2.25 kills and hit .469. McDonald averaged 7.38 digs, while Radtke had 21 blocks and also averaged two kills per set.

The complete MAC release

Mid-Eastern

Co-Player of the week: Florida A&M senior middle Ginna Lopez-Chavez

Co-Player of the week: North Carolina A&T State junior outside Samara Brown

Defensive: Howard senior libero Morgan Marlbrough

Setter: Bethune-Cookman junior Phalen Clark

Rookie: Norfolk State freshman setter Jill Aquino 

Worth noting: Lopez-Chavez had 42 kills in two matches, Brown had 36 kills, Aquino had 77 assists, Marlbrough averaged 4.6 digs per set and Clark averaged 12.2. assists.

The complete MEAC release

Missouri State's Lily Johnson is the Missouri Valley POW again/Jesse Scheve, Missouri State University photo
Missouri State’s Lily Johnson is the Missouri Valley POW again/Jesse Scheve, Missouri State University photo

Missouri Valley

Player of the week: Missouri State junior outside Lily Johnson

Defensive: Wichita State junior middle Abbie Lehman

Freshman: Missouri State setter Daniele Messa

Worth noting: Johnson continued to dominate in the Valley, averaging 6.17 kills and 4.0 digs while hitting .333. Lehman averaged 4.17 kills and 1.67 blocks while hitting .575. Messa went back-to-back after averaging 13.67 assists and 2.83 digs.

The complete Valley release

Mountain West

Offensive: Wyoming senior outside hitter Kayla Slofkiss

Defensive: Wyoming defensive specialist Madi Fields

Worth noting: Fields went back-to-back after averaging 3.86 digs per set, while Slofkiss averaged 3.14 kills and hit .315.

The complete Mountain West release

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

Northeast Conference

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

Co-Defensive: Robert Morris senior middle Leah Dunivan

Co-Defensive: Bryant junior libero Erica Vendituoli

Rookie: Sacred Heart freshman outside Lisel Nelis

Worth noting: Krufka averaged 4.71 kills and hit .419 in two matches. Dunivan had 10 blocks against St. Francis, two solo. Vendituoli averaged five digs per set. And Nelis went back-to-back after getting 16 kills and 23 digs in two matches.

The complete Northeast release

Ohio Valley

Offensive: Murray State senior outside Scottie Ingram

Co-Defensive: Morehead State sophomore middle Maddi Fella

Co-Defensive: Southeast Missouri senior libero Jade Mortimer

Setter: Murray State senior Hannah Stultz

Newcomer: UT Martin junior middle Jemima Idemudia

Worth noting: Ingram had 41 kills in two matches, Fella had 16 blocks, Mortimer had 47 digs and Idemudia had 36 kills.

The complete OVC release

Patriot League

Player of the week: Lehigh freshman Ana Spangenberg

Rookie: Army West Point freshman setter Haven Bethune

Worth noting: Spangenberg had 16 kills and hit .609 in Lehigh’s upset of American. Bethune had 55 assists and 13 digs against Navy.

The complete Patriot release

Southern Conference

Offensive: Samford senior outside Erin Bognar

Defensive: Mercer senior libero Tori Penrod

Worth noting: This was Bognar’s fourth award and in a row as she had 45 kills and hit .314. Penrod averaged 6.14 digs in three matches.

The complete SoCon release

Southland Conference

Offensive: Texas A&M Corpus Christi senior right side Morgan Carlson

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

Worth noting: Carlson hit better than .300 in three matches, while Klepetka averaged 5.19 digs.

The complete Southland release

Southwestern

Not available as we posted.

Summit

Offensive: Oral Roberts junior outside Laura Milos

Defensive: North Dakota State junior libero Mikaela Purnell

Worth noting: Milos got the honor for the 10th time overall and fourth this season as she averaged six kills per set and hit .341. Purnell got the defensive honor for the fourth time and third this season. She had 48 digs in two matches, 31 against Fort Wayne.

The complete Summit release

Sun Belt

Offensive: Arkansas State sophomore outside Carlisa May

Defensive: Little Rock senior middle Carolee Dillard

Setter: Arkansas State senior Mallory Warrington

Freshman: Texas State libero Micah Dinwiddle

Worth noting: Warrington and Dinwiddle went back to back. Warrington averaged 12.14 assists, while Dinwiddle averaged 5.29 digs. May averaged 4.14 kills per set. And Dillard had 18 total blocks, averaging two per set to break the all-time Little Rock record. She has 581 for her career. Dillard

The complete Sun Belt release

West Coast

Player of the week: Loyola Marymount senior outside Jamie Lea

Worth noting: Lea averaged 3.67 kills and hit .636.

The complete WCC release

Western Athletic

Player of the week: NM State sophomore outside Tatyana Battle

Worth noting: Battle nearly doubled her averages, with 5.60 kills, 3.60 digs and 0.60 blocks per set.

The complete WAC release


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