Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota Pick up Big Ten Volleyball Weekly Accolades

Illinois' Michelle Bartsch, Minnesota's Jessica Granquist and Michigan's Lexi Dannemiller have been named the Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week.

Sept. 5, 2011

Player of the Week
Michelle Bartsch, Illinois
OH – Sr. – Maryville, Ill. – Collinsville 

  • Led seventh-ranked Illinois to wins over Tennessee (3-1), Houston (3-1) and No. 21 Dayton (3-2) and the State Farm Illini Classic title
  • Recorded three double-doubles, including 20-20 efforts against the Volunteers (21 kills, 23 digs) and Flyers (24 kills, 20 digs)
  • Averaged 4.9 kills, 4.5 digs and 0.5 blocks per set over the three-match span
  • Named State Farm Illini Classic Most Valuable Player
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Laura DeBruler (Oct. 4, 2010)

Defensive Player of the Week
Jessica Granquist, Minnesota
LIB – Sr. – Blaine, Minn. – Blaine

  • Helped No. 12 Minnesota earn back-to-back 3-0 wins over No. 4 Texas, marking the first time an opponent has swept the Longhorns in back-to-back matches since 2000
  • Averaged 6.2 digs per set, racking up 20 in the first match and following with 17 in the second contest
  • Added nine assists and a .958 service reception percentage in 48 attempts over the two matches
  • Earns third career weekly honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Jessica Granquist (Nov. 15, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Lexi Dannemiller, Michigan
S – West Chester, Ohio – Lakota West 

  • Pushed Michigan to wins over Utah Valley (3-0), Santa Clara (3-1) and Cal Poly (3-0) en route to the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational crown
  • Averaged 13.5 assists and 2.2 digs in the three matches, recording over 50 assists for the first time of her career against Santa Clara (51)
  • Posted a double-double against Utah Valley, tallying 40 assists and 11 digs, also adding seven service aces in the three-set win
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Jennifer Cross (Oct. 18, 2010)



2011 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 29        

P: Stephanie Holthus, So., NU
D: Julie Chin, Jr., NU
F: Kierra Jones, PUR

Sept. 5
P: Michelle Bartsch, Sr., ILL
D: Jessica Granquist, Jr., MINN
F: Lexi Dannemiller, MICH