Kentucky swept the SEC POWs.

Hawai’i swept the Big West.

Duke did the same in the ACC.

New Hampshire took three of the four America East awards.

How about Bowling Green senior outside hitter Jelena Sunjic, who had 41 kills in 65 swings with no errors to be named the Mid-American East offensive POW?

Or Oral Roberts junior outside Laura Milos, who was the Summit League POW for the fifth time this year and 11th in her career after averaging nine kills per set last week?

That’s just a sampling of another week of big performances around NCAA Division I 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: Duke senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker

Freshman: Duke setter Cindy Marina

Worth noting: Tucker averaged four kills per set, one and a half blocks per set and a .468 hitting percentage over the two games. Tucker currently ranks fifth in the conference in hitting percentage, averaging a .341. Marina averaged 11.33 assists per set. Against Pittsburgh, she contributed 37 assists, six digs, three kills, two aces and two blocks.

The complete ACC release

Big 12

Offensive: Iowa State junior right side Samara West

Defensive: Texas junior libero Cat McCoy

Freshman: Iowa freshman libero Hali Hillegas

West had 16 kills against Texas and hit .400, and earlier had 11 kills and hit .526 at Oklahoma. McCoy averaged 5.25 digs last week and 4.83 for November.  Hillegas, who won last week, too, averaged five digs.

The complete Big 12 release

Big Ten

Player of the week: Minnesota senior outside Sarah Wilhite

Co-Defensive: Michigan State junior middle Alyssa Garvelink

Co-Defensive: Wisconsin junior middle Kelli Bates

Setter: Minnesota junior Rachel Minarick

Freshman: Maryland outside Gia Milana

Worth noting: Garvelink is a repeat winner. She averaged 2.6 blocks per set, while Bates averaged 5.5 digs.

Wilhite averaged four kills and hit .299 for the week and also had 24 blocks and 21 digs.

Minarick averaged 12.3 assists.

The complete Big Ten release

Washington's Tia Scambray is the Pac-12 offensive POW/Stephen Burns photo
Washington’s Tia Scambray is the Pac-12 offensive POW/Stephen Burns photo


Offensive: Washington junior outside Tia Scambray

Defensive: Washington State sophomore middle Taylor Mims

Freshman: UCLA outside Torrey Van Winden

Worth noting: Scambray averaged 5.50 kllls, hit .443 and averaged 2.67 digs. She had a career-high 20 kills in three sets against Arizona State. Mims averaged 1.89 blocks, while Van Winden averaged 3.5 kills, hit .383 and her line against Stanford showed 19 kills, two aces, eight digs and four blocks.

The complete Pac-12 release

Southeastern Conference

Player of the week: Kentucky junior libero Ashley Dusek

Offensive: Kentucky junior middle Kaz Brown

Defensive: Kentucky junior DS Ashley Dusek

Setter: Kentucky sophomore Olivia Dailey

Freshman: Kentucky outside Leah Edmond

Worth noting: All Wildcats. Brown hit .643 in one match and .435 in the other and averaged 3.29 kills and 1.86 blocks. Dusek had 54 digs in two matches and did not have a reception error. Dailey averaged 14 assists, more than two over her average and had a career-high six blocks at Ole Miss. And Edmond continued her fabulous first season by leading UK in kills twice, averaging 5.14 kills and 2.29 digs.

The complete SEC release

America East

Player of the week: New Hampshire senior middle Demi Muses

Defensive specialist: UMBC sophomore libero Kristin Watson

Setter: New Hampshire senior Keelin Severtson

Rookie: New Hampshire outside Emily Tanski

Worth noting: Watson and Severtson repeated their honors. Muses averaged 4.3 kills, hit .367 and won the award for the fifth time this season. Severtson averaged 11.86 assists and two digs. Watson averaged 4.86 digs, while Tanski avearged 3.14 iills and 2.86 digs.

The complee America East release

American Athletic

Offensive: SMU freshman setter Kendal Patterson

Defensive: UCF sophomore libero Jordan Pingel

Worth noting: Patterson averaged 13.17 assists and 13 digs against USF. Pingel averaged 6.83 digs per set, more than two over her season average.

The complete American Athletic release

Atlantic Sun

Player of the week: Lipscomb sophomore outside Carlyle Nusbaum

Defensive: Kennesaw State sophomore middle blocker Liesl Engelbrecht

Freshman: Florida Gulf Coast middle Daniele Serrano

Worth noting: Nusbaum won her sixth such honor and fifth this season as she averaged seven kills and her 24 kills against UNF was twice more than anyone else in the match. Engelbrecht averaged two blocks and 3.17 kills, while Serrano had 13 blocks in two victories and hit .483.

The complete ASUN release

Danielle Rygelski of Saint Louis is the Atlantic 10 POW
Danielle Rygelski of Saint Louis is the Atlantic 10 POW again

Atlantic 10

Player of the week: Saint Louis senior outside Danielle Rygelski

Defensive: Rhode Island senior middle blocker Layne Self

Rookie: VCU middle blocker Jasmin Sneed

Worth noting: Rygelski, who won the award last week, too, averaged 6.71 kills and 1.86 digs, while hitting .444. Self averaged 2.33 blocks, while Sneed hit .378 and averaged 2.14 kills.

The complete A-10 release

Big East

Player of the week: Butler senior outside Anna Logan

Freshman: St. John’s outside Gaia Traballi

Worth noting: Logan averaged 4.25 kills and hit .275. She had a total of 34 kills in two matches. Trabelli averaged 5.78 kills and 2.33 digs.

The complete Big East release

Big South

Player of the week: Winthrop senior middle blocker Brianna Gray

Defensive: High Point sophomore middle blocker Jordan Hefner

Freshman: Campbell outside hitter Allena Heath

Worth noting: Heath, a repeat winner, had 21 kills against Gardner-Webb. Gray had 38 kills, 17 blocks and hit .469 in three matches. Hefner averaged 2.57 blocks and just less than a kill.

The complete Big South release

Big Sky

Offensive: North Dakota junior middle blocker Faith Dooley

Defensive: Portland State junior libero Tasha Bojanic

Worth noting: Dooley had 25 kills in two matches and hit .583, while Bojanic averaged 6.33 digs.

The complete Big Sky release

Nikki Taylor of Hawai/'i is the Big West POWEd Chan,
Nikki Taylor of Hawai/’i is the Big West POWEd Chan,

Big West

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

Defensive: Hawai’i junior middle blocker Emily Maglio

Freshman: Hawai’i setter Norene Iosia

Worth noting: Taylor averaged 4.5 kills, 1.83 digs, 1.5 blocks and hit .440. Maglio had 12 blocks in two wins and 12 kills while hitting 4.35. Iosia averaged 10.17 assists and 3.83 digs.

The entire Big West release

Colonial Athletic Association

Offensive: Delaware senior outside Autumn Jenkins

Defensive: Elon senior middle blocker Ally Karle

Rookie: James Madison setter Sarah Martin

Worth noting: Jenkins had 36 kills in two matches and 23 digs. Karle had 18 blocks and ended her career with 390, 120 this season.

The complete Colonial release

Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners Jelena Buskovic of UTSsa
Dajana Buskovic of UTSA is the Conference USA offensive POW

Conference USA

Offensive: UTSA senior outside Dajana Boskovic

Defensive: Southern Miss junior libero Natalie Druhan

Setter: Southern Miss sophomore Sarah Bell

Freshman: Florida Atlantic outside Sigourney Kame

Worth noting: Boskovic, who will be featured here later this week, had 39 kills in two matches and won the award for the ninth time, fourth this season. Druhan averaged 6.43 digs. Bell had 88 assists and now leads the league at 12.02 assists per set. Kame had 33 kills, eight digs and two blocks in two wins.

The complete C-USA release

Horizon League

Offensive: Youngstown State sophomore middle blocker Sarah Varcolla

Defensive: Northern Kentucky senior libero Lauren Hurley

Worth noting: Varcolla had 25 kills and hit .375, while Hurley had 52 digs in two matches.

The complete Horizon release

Ivy League

Player of the week: Princeton senior outside Cara Mattaliano

Co-Rookie: Columbia freshman middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom

Co-Rookie: Harvard freshman outside Grace Roberts Burbank

Worth noting: Mattaliano had 38 kills in two matches. Ikwuazom hit .545 with 24 kills and seven blocks, while Roberts Burbank had 44 kills and hit .307.

The complete Ivy release

Metro Atlantic

The MAAC is a week behind. These are the winners for last week.

Player: Fairfield junior outside Skyler Day

Libero: Niagara junior libero Rylee Hunt

Rookie: Fairfield freshman setter Manuela Nicolini

The complete MAAC release

Kent State libero Challen Geraghty ranks second in the MAC with 5.67 digs per set/Kent State photo
Kent State libero Challen Geraghty is the MAC West defensive POW


MAC East offensive: Bowling Green senior outside Jelena Sunjic

MAC West offensive: NIU senior middle blocker Jenna Radtke

MAC East defensive: Kent State junior libero Challen Geraghty

MAC West defensive: Western Michigan freshman libero Kathleen Reilly

Worth noting: Radtke is back, but last week was the West defensive POW. Sunjic had 41 kills in 65 swings with no errors to hit .631. Radtke averaged 31.2 kills and 1.5 blocks. Geraghty averaged 6.62 digs and was perfect in 66 serve receptions. And Reilly averaged 6.38 digs.

The complete MAC release


Player of the week: North Carolina Central senior outside Casey Curran

Setter: North Carolina junior setter Paige Phillips

Worth noting: Curran had 18 kills, 16 digs and three aces in a win over NC A&T. Phillips had 41 assists and 19 digs in that match.

The complete MEAC release

Missouri Valley

Player of the week: Wichita State sophomore outside Tabitha Brown

Defensive: Wichita State senior libero Dani Mostrom

Freshman: Missouri State setter Daniele Messa

Worth noting: Messa took the honor for the third week in a row after averaging 11.43 assists, 1.14 kills and 2.57 digs. Brown averaged 5.29 kills, 1.43 digs and 1.14 blocks. And Mostrom averaged 6.29 digs.

The complete Valley release

Mountain West

Offensive: Colorado State junior middle blocker Alexandra Poletto

Defensive: Colorado State freshman middle blocker Kirstie Hillyer

Worth noting: Poletto averaged 2.62 kills and hit .459, while Hillyer averaged 2.38 blocks in eight sets.

The complete Mountain West release

Northeast Conference

Player of the week: Sacred Heart sophomore outside Makayla Dole

Defensive: Central Connecticut senior middle blocker Brooke Schwab

Rookie: LIU Brooklyn freshman setter Amanda Hubbard

Worth noting: Dole won the honor for the fourth time after averaging 4.75 kills and hitting .300. Schwab had 13  blocks, an NEC single-match season-high and the second most in program history, against Sacred Heart. She had four more blocks against Fairleigh Dickinson. And Hubbard averaged 12.38 assists.

The complete Northeast release

Ohio Valley

Offensive: Belmont junior outside Arianna Person

Defensive: Murray State senior libero Ellie Lorenz

Setter: Murray State senior Hannah Stultz

Newcomer: Tennessee State freshman middle blocker Payten Clark

Worth noting: Stultz is a repeat winner. She had 113 assists in two matches. Person had 40 kills, four blocks, 23 digs and two aces in two matches. Clark had 20 kills and 12 blocks in two matches.

The complete OVC release

Patriot League

Player of the week: Holy Cross senior outside Mandy Sifferlen

Rookie: Army West Point freshman outside Allie Strong

Worth noting: Sifferien had 49 kills in two matches and averaged 4.97 kills per set for the season. Strong had 25 kills and 16 digs in two matches.

The complete Patriot release

Southern Conference

Offensive: Mercer junior outside hitter Morgan MacGilvary

Defensive: Mercer senior libero Tori Penrod

Worth noting: Penrod went back-to-back after averaging 5.86 digs and ended her career with an ace in each of her two matches. MacGilvary averaged 4.43 kills and hit .413.

The complete SoCon release

Southland Conference

Offensive: Texas A&M Corpus Christi junior outside Brittany Gilpin

Defensive: Central Arkansas junior middle blocker Megan Nash

Worth noting: Gilpin had 20 kills and hit .419 against Lamar and then had 17 kills and hit .390 against Houston Baptist. Nash had 17 blocks in two matches.

The complete Southland release


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Offensive: Oral Roberts junior outside Laura Milos

Defensive: South Dakota sophomore libero Lauren Mattison

Worth noting: Milos won for the second straight week. She has won the award 11 times overall and five this season. She averaged a whopping 9.0 kills per sent and hit .345 and had six aces. Mattison averaged 5.5 digs.

The complete Summit release:

Sun Belt

Offensive: Coastal Carolina junior outside Leah Hardeman

Defensive: Georgia Southern senior libero Alex Beecher

Setter: Arkansas State senior Mallory Warrington

Freshman: Arkansas State outside Kenzie Fields

Worth noting: Warrington won the award for the 10th time this season. She had 50 assists and 23 digs in a win over Little Rock. Hardeman averaged 4.17 kills and hit .535, while Beecher averaged 6.5 digs. Fields had 15 kills in her only match of the week.

The complete Sun Belt release

West Coast

Player of the week: BYU senior middle Amy Boswell

Worth noting: Boswell had 14 kills and hit .435 against Gonzaga and then had 10 kills and six blocks against Portland.

The complete WCC release

Western Athletic

Player of the week: Utah Valley junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson

Worth noting: Thompson averaged four kills, hit .393 and added almost a block and a dig per set. She ranks sixth in the league at 3.40 kills per set.

The complete WAC release


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