Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State Claim Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota's Tori Dixon earns Defensive Player of the Week honors after earning MVP laurels at the Diet Coke Classic.

Minnesota's Tori Dixon earns Defensive Player of the Week honors after earning MVP laurels at the Diet Coke Classic.

Sep 9, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Leary, Ohio State
OH - Sr. - Parma, Ohio - Padua Franciscan 

  • Helped No. 23 Ohio State post victories over No. 16 Western Kentucky (3-2), No. 15 Florida State (3-1) and Florida Gulf Coast (3-0) en route to the FSU Invitational crown
  • Paced the Buckeye offense with a 5.5 kills per set average, including a career-high 27 kills against the Seminoles
  • Notched her second double-double of the season against Western Kentucky (20 kills, 10 digs)
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the FSU Invitational
  • Earned her first Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Mari Hole (Nov. 19, 2012)

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

  • Helped No. 4 Minnesota record 3-0 wins over Ball State, Western Illinois and Duke en route to the Diet Coke Classic title and remain undefeated on the year (7-0)
  • Led the Gophers with 15 total blocks, averaging 1.7 blocks per set
  • Hit .574 on the weekend and notched 4.9 kills per set
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the Diet Coke Classic
  • Reeled in her fifth career Big Ten weekly award and fourth Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Tori Dixon (Nov. 19, 2012)

Setter of the Week
Lexi Dannemiller, Michigan
S - Jr. - West Chester, Ohio - Lakota West 

  • Guided No. 9 Michigan to victories over Oregon State (3-1) and No. 12 Oregon (3-0)
  • Paced the Wolverine offense with 80 assists, averaging 11.4 assists per set
  • Notched 12 total digs, averaging 1.7 digs per set
  • Helped Michigan to a .341 hitting percentage against Oregon State
  • Earned her seventh Big Ten weekly award and third Setter of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Setter of the Week: Lexi Dannemiller (Nov. 12, 2012)

 

 

Freshman of the Week
Abby Cole, Michigan
MB/RS - Gran Haven, Mich. - Grand Haven 

  • Led No. 9 Michigan to wins over Oregon State (3-1) and No. 12 Oregon (3-0)
  • Paced the Wolverine offense with a .595 hitting percentage
  • Produced 28 kills and 11 blocks, averaging 4.0 kills per set and 1.6 blocks per set
  • Leads the conference in hitting percentage (.521)
  • Earned her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Tiffany Morales (Oct. 1, 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
Sept. 9          P:    Kaitlyn Leary, Sr., OSU
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Lexi Dannemiller, Jr., MICH
                        F:    Abby Cole, MICH

 

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