Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Iowa's Bethany Yeager was named Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 2, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Tori Dixon, Minnesota
MB - Sr. - Burnsville, Minn. - Burnsville 

  • Helped No. 6 Minnesota to 3-0 wins over Jacksonville State, UAB, Georgia State and  Samford en route to the UAB/Samford Challenge title
  • Led the Gophers in kills (49), kills per set (4.08), hitting percentage (.472), total blocks (11), blocks per set (0.92) and points (58).
  • Notched double-doubles against Jacksonville State (17 kills, 12 digs) and UAB (15 kills, 11 digs)
  • Named to the UAB/Samford Challenge All-Tournament team
  • Reels in her fourth Big Ten weekly award and first Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Katherine Harms (Oct. 29, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Bethany Yeager, Iowa
DS - Sr. - Brenham, Texas - Brenham 

  • Helped Iowa earn victories over Wofford (3-2), Youngstown State (3-2) and Coastal Carolina (3-1) to claim the Chanticleer Invitational title
  • Led the Hawkeyes with 79 digs over the weekend, averaging 5.6 digs per set
  • Earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Christina Meister (Sept. 7, 2009)

Setter of the Week
Taylor Sherwin, Ohio State
S - Jr. - Orlando, Fla. - Lake Highland Preparatory 

  • Guided Ohio State to wins over Liberty (3-0), Green Bay (3-2) and Northern Illinois (3-2) en route to the NIU Invitational title
  • Paced the Buckeye offense with 158 assists, averaging 12.15 assist per set
  • Notched 68 assists, a career-best, two blocks, two kills and five digs in the Buckeyes' victory over the Phoenix
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the NIU Invitational
  • Earns her second Big Ten weekly award and first Setter of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Setter of the Week: Amanda Peterson (Oct. 29, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Maddie Mayers, Illinois
MB - Fort Wayne, Ind. - Bishop Dwenger 

  • Pushed Illinois to wins over No. 18 Florida State (3-0) and No. 17 Kentucky (3-2) at the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational
  • Led the Illini with 20 blocks, averaging 1.7 blocks per set, and a .345 hitting percentage in three weekend contests
  • Produced 29 kills, averaging 2.4 kills per set
  • Named to the Long Beach State Mizuno Invitational All-Tournament team
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jocelynn Birks (Nov. 26, 2012)

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week
Sept. 2          P:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        D:    Bethany Yeager, Sr., IOWA
                        S:    Taylor Sherwin, Jr., OSU
                        F:    Maddie Mayers, ILL