Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards
Aug. 28, 2017


Co-Player of the Week/Co-Freshman of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
OPP – Fr. – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge

• Averaged 4.43 kills and 3.86 digs per set with two double-doubles and a .315 hitting percentage in her college debut last weekend, helping No. 4 Minnesota defeat No. 11 North Carolina and Louisville in Madison, Wis.
• Had a team-high 14 kills, 12 digs and four block assists in a sweep of UNC
• Added a team-best 17 kills, 15 digs and hit .342 in a four-set win over Louisville
• Earns her first career Player of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Sarah Wilhite (Nov. 29, 2016)
• Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Alexis Hart (Oct. 3, 2016)

Co-Player of the Week/Co-Freshman of the Week
Dana Rettke, Wisconsin
MB – Fr. – Riverside, Ill. – Riverside-Brookfield

• Opened her college career last weekend by averaging 5.0 kills and 1.8 blocks per set with a .619 hitting percentage as No. 7 Wisconsin posted sweeps over visiting Louisville and No. 11 North Carolina
• Recorded 15 kills and match-high six blocks in win over Louisville
• Registered 15 kills and team-best five blocks with a .778 hitting percentage to lead the Badgers past UNC
• Garners her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Molly Haggerty (Nov. 21, 2016)
• Garners her first career Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Molly Haggerty (Nov. 29, 2016)

Defensive Player of the Week
Ali Bastianelli, Illinois
MB – Jr. – Marysville, Mich. – Marysville

• Averaged 2.7 kills and 2.5 blocks per set with a .558 hitting percentage last weekend to pace Illinois to the title at the season-opening Bobcat Classic
• Named the tournament Most Valuable Player, highlighted by a career-high 17 kills and match-best nine blocks against tournament host Montana State
• Added nine kills and nine blocks with an .818 hitting percentage in the tournament opener against Gonzaga
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016
• Collects her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
• Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Ali Bastianelli (Nov. 21, 2016)

Setter of the Week
Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin
S – Fr. – Brooklyn Park, Minn. – Champlin

• Began her college career last weekend by averaging 13.17 assists and 2.33 digs per set with an .889 hitting percentage while guiding No. 7 Wisconsin to 3-0 wins at home over Louisville and No. 11 North Carolina
• Collected her first career double-double against North Carolina with 43 assists and 11 digs
• Piloted a Badgers’ offense that hit .340 for the weekend, including .361 in the win over UNC
• Receives her first career Setter of the Week citation
• Last Wisconsin Setter of the Week: Lauren Carlini (Nov. 21, 2016)

2017 Big Ten Players of the Week
Aug. 28
P: Stephanie Samedy, Fr., MINN
P: Dana Rettke, Fr., WIS
D: Ali Bastianelli, Jr., ILL
S: Sydney Hilley, Fr., WIS
F: Stephanie Samedy, MINN
F: Dana Rettke, WIS