Purdue's Dargan and Penn State's Walters Earn Player of the Week Honors
Sept. 5, 2005
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dargan garnered MVP honors at the Nike Invitational in Stockton, Calif., after leading her team to a 3-0 record and the tournament title. The senior setter, who claims her first career Big Ten weekly honor, is just 10 assists away from the Purdue career record after compiling 192 on the week, an average of 13.71 per game. In addition to helping out her hitters, the New Lenox, Ill., native contributed kills of her own in each of the team's matches (20 total for a .514 hitting percentage). She served up three aces, blocked eight shots and pulled up an average of 1.93 digs per game. Her efforts helped the Boilermakers hit .300 or higher in six games.
Last PUR POW: Kim McConaha (9/6/04)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Walters again helped Penn State to important wins against two of the nation's top seven teams as the Nittany Lions defeated No. 7 Southern California, Western Michigan and No. 4 Hawaii at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. Versus the Women of Troy, Walters racked up 27 digs, one shy of her own Penn State record for digs in a four-game match while also passing effectively to allow five hitters to tally 15 or more attempts in the match. Against the Broncos, she again led all players with 19 digs as Penn State hit .312 in the match. At No. 4 Hawaii, she racked up 26 digs as five Nittany Lion players reached double-digit kill figures in testament to her passing, giving setter Sam Tortorello multiple offensive options. For the weekend, Walters totaled 72 digs for an average of 6.00 digs per game.
Walters now owns the first two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in conference history, which are also the first two weekly honors of her career.
Last PSU POW: Kaleena Walters (8/29/05)