Aug. 27, 2007
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christa Harmotto, Penn State
Jr., MH, Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell
Harmotto helped the No. 3 Nittany Lions to two wins over No. 4 Texas over the weekend, posting a .535 hitting percentage in her team's two matches. The junior fell just shy of her career high in kills, putting up 15 on Friday to the tune of a .545 clip while also contributing a match-high six blocks. On Saturday, Harmotto put up 13 kills on a .534 percentage with four blocks and two digs. For the weekend, Harmotto averaged 3.50 kills and 1.25 blocks per game. The award is the second weekly conference honor of Harmotto's career as she was also named Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 6, 2006.
Last Penn State POW: Megan Hodge (11/27/06)
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Stesha Selsky, Michigan
Sr., LIB, Manhattan Beach, Calif./Marymount
A member of the ASICS Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team, Selsky helped the Wolverines to the event's title over the weekend, averaging 5.75 digs per game, including 24 vs. No. 10 Hawaii on Friday and 25 against Colorado State on Sunday. The senior also contributed four service aces in Michigan's 3-2 win over the Rainbow Wahine. This is Selsky's third career weekly defensive honor as she was also recognized during the first week of the 2006 season and once in 2005.
Last MICH D-POW: Stesha Selsky (8/29/06)
Anne Mastandrea, Purdue
Last PUR D-POW: Kelli Miller (10/9/06)
Sr., LIB, Downers Grove, Ill./South
Mastandrea receives her second career weekly honor after setting a school record for digs in a four-game match with a career-high 31 saves against Winthrop on Friday. With the performance, the senior became just the third Boilermaker in program history to post 30 or more digs twice in her career. On the weekend, Mastandrea posted 83 saves over 11 games for 7.55 digs-per-game average and is now just 10 away from reaching 1,000 in her career. The Downers Grove, Ill., native also converted on 96 percent of her service opportunities, including a perfect 30-for-30 mark against Winthrop.