The regular-season is winding down, but each Monday and Tuesday brings us to a new round of players of the week. We do the work, all you have to do is click on the name of the conference and read about that league:
Samantha Bricio of USC, a senior outside, won the offensive POW for not only the sixth time this season but ninth time in her career. Bricio is the first league history to earn six weekly honors in the same season and is tied for second all-time with Logan Tom (Stanford, 1999-2002).
Bricio averaged six kills per set last week and hit .422.
The Pac-12 defensive POW is Washington senior libero Cassie Strickland, who won for the second straight week by averaging 6.33 digs, 1.17 assists and .83 aces.
The freshman honor wen to UCLA setter Zana Muno.
Why the Summit in second spot in this blog? Well, “eaglevb” knows.
Denver middle blocker Sarah Schmid was offensive POW while Omaha libero Kimberly Bailey was tops on defense.
Schmid had 37 kills in three sweeps and hit at least .600 in each match. Bailey won the honor for the second straight time as she had 22 digs against SDSU.
Miami outside hitter Olga Strantzali and Syracuse middle blocker Santita Ebangwese were ACC POws.
Strantzali led Miami to two conference wins. The sophomore finished with 16 kills against Florida State and a team-leading .464 hitting percentage. She also tied her career high with five service aces and added eight digs and two blocks. In the Hurricanes’ 3-0 win over Virginia, Strantzali posted seven kills and hit .667, while also adding two service aces.
Ebangwese, a freshman, with a .520 hitting percentage in the loss to North Carolina while notching eight kills and adding three blocks. In the win over NC State, Ebangwese finished with nine kills and a career-high 12 blocks as the only freshman starter on the team.
The awards went to Daly Santana, Brandi Donnelly, Lauren Carlini and Angel Gaskin and Samantha Seliger-Swenson.
Santana, the senior outside for Minnesota, hit .318 for the week and also had 23 digs and six blocks. Donnelly, a sophomore libero for Illinois, had 50 digs for the week. Carlini (see the video chat on this site), a junior setter, led Wisconsin to a .332 hitting percentage for the week. And Gaskin, an opposite for Maryland, joined Seliger-Swenson as co-freshmen. Gaskin had 16 kills and .314 and had seven blocks, while Seliger-Swenson had a big week setting and also 17 digs and eight blocks.
Kansas sophomore right side Kelsie Payne made it back-to-back as she took the offensive POW award for the third time this season. She had 22 kills and hit .486 against Oklahoma in the Jayhawks’ only match of the week.
Adrien Richburg of Baylor, a senior middle, had 16 blocks in two matches. And Alyssa Schultejans of Kansas State was rookie of the week. The outside averaged 3.33 kills and .33 aces.
The honors went to Alabama sophomore outside Kat Hutson, Alabama senior setter Sierra Wilson, Texas A&M sophomore setter, Stephanie Aiple, Texas A&M junior middle Jazzmin Babers and Auburn freshman Brenna McIlroy.
Hutson was offensive POW after she averaged 5.38 kills and 5.69 points per set over a pair of wins for the Crimson Tide last week.
Wilson shared setter honors after totaling116 assists over eight sets (14.50/set), pacing an Alabama offense that hit .329 as a team over the weekend.
Aiple averaged 14.75 assists per set to lead A&M to sweeps against both Missouri and Georgia and extend the Aggies’ conference-leading win streak to eight matches.
Babers led A&M with 1.83 blocks and 5.08 points per set as A&M swept both Missouri and Georgia to extend its conference-leading win streak to eight matches.
And McIlroy had an excellent weekend offensively for the Tigers, finishing with a 3.89 kills/set average and hitting .310 over nine sets played.
BYU senior outside Alexa Gray won the WCC POW. Lsat year’s league player of the year had 41 kills in two matches and had 20 digs.
Lily Johnson, a sophomore outside, had 56 kills with only nine errors for Missouri State and was the offensive POW. Taylor Pippen, senior middle for Southern Illinois, had 13 total blocks in two matches and 18 kills and earned defensive honors. The top freshman was Missouri State libero Emily Butters as she became the first player from that school to get 400 digs in a season. She had 38 for the week.
UC Riverside senior Helena Peric was named POW, while Cal Poly outside hitter Adlee Van Winden was named top freshman for the seventh time.
Nevada junior right-side hitter Madison Morell was offensive POW, while Colorado State middle blocker Alexandra Poletto defensive POW. This is the entire MW release. Scroll down to the second page for the POWs.
Saint Louis junior Danielle Rygelski was named Atlantic 10 POW. Dayton senior Janna Krafka and VCU freshman Tori Baldwin were chosen as co-defensive POWs and VCU freshman Sahbria McLetchie was the rookie of the week.
Rygelski had 37 kills in two matches and hit .392.
The honors went to Kayla Ostrom of Lipscomb on offense, Brittany Thomas of Lipscomb and Anaiah Boyer of Kennesaw State on defense, and freshman Sydni Shelton of Kennesaw State.
Ostrom had 12.67 assists per set and 10 digs and three blocks. Boyer had eight blocks, while Thomas had 36 digs in two matches, while Shelton had 30 kills.
Tulsa junior outside Erica Bohannon had 50 kills in two matches and hit .333 in one match and .353 in the other to win offensive POW honors. Morgan Heise, a junior libero for SMU and who seems to win the defensive award every week, did it again with 7.29 digs per set and no errors in 43 serve-receive chances.
The MAC East offensive POW is Miami junior middle Paige Hill, while the MAC East defensive POW is Kent State sophomore libero Challen Geraghty. the MAC West offensive POW is Jenna Radtke, a junior outside for Northern Illinois. The MAC West defensive POW is Bowling Green sophomore outside Nicole Slimko.
Siena junior setter Haley Howell was POW as she hit .429 with back-to-back doubles. The libero of the week was Lexi Millington, a junior for Marist. And the rookie was Darby Taylor, a freshman outside for Siena.
Stephen F. Austin junior middle blocker Justice Walker was offensive POW while New Orleans freshman libero Shaylene Reimer was named defensive POW.
Arkansas State is the team to beat and, accordingly, has three POWs. Darby Graff, a junior outside, is the offensive player, Markie Schaedig, a junior libero is the defensive player, and Mallory Warrington, a junior setter, is the setter. The only non-ASU player is Texas State middle Madison Daigle, the top freshman for the second straight week.
Graff had 25 kills last week and hit .429, Schaedig, aptly named, had 56 digs, 8.00 per set, and Warrington another big setting week. Daigle, the former Volleyball Baton Rouge player, had 18 kills and hit .349 in two matches.
Katy Henchy, a sophomore outside for Hartford, hit .468 to take POW honors. The top setter was Binghamton sophomore Sarah Ngo, while the rookie of the week was her teammate, Gabby Alicea, a freshman outside. The top defensive player was Albany freshman libero Nicole Otero.
The honor went to Idaho’s Katelyn Peterson, a senior outside who totaled 25 kills and 34 digs in two matches.
UTSA’s Dajana Boskovic was named offensive POW, winning it for the third straight time after a week in which the junior outside had 64 kills and hit .333.
Mary Pursell, a senior libero for Southern Miss, won defensive honors, while teammate Sarah Bell, a setter, took freshman honors. And Lindsey Larson, a junior setter for UTEP, was named top setter.
The honors went to Tennessee Tech’s Cody Dodd, a senior opposite, as top offensive player; Tennessee State senior libero Madison Halterman on defense; senior Sam Bedard of Murray State as top setter and freshman outside Merideth Jewell of Morehead State as top newcomer.
It was all Creighton, as senior setter Maggie Baumert took the POW honor, while teammate Jaali Winters took freshman honors. Baumert not only averaged 12.60 assists, had a career 18 digs in one match and hit .500 in another. Winters had two double-doubles.
Maryland Eastern Shore senior Petra Jerabkova and Morgan State senior Carmen Fernandez were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference co-POW. North Carolina Central’s Whitney White was top rookie.
It took a while but we got the Ivy in here. The POW was Princeton senior right side Kendall Peterkin, who had 34 kills, 21 digs, seven blocks for two matches. The rookie of the week was Harvard freshman middle Christina Cornelius. She hit .778 against Cornell and .467 against Columbia.
The honors went to Milwaukee’s Myanna Ruiz, a junior libero, and Kayla Price, a senior setter.