Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Purdue Collect Weekly Volleyball Awards

Ohio State's Taylor Sherwin was named Setter of the Week for the second time this season.

Sept. 16, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
OH – Sr. – Geneva, Ill. – Geneva 

  • Helped No. 15 Michigan State post 3-0 victories over IPFW, Illinois State and Butler en route to the Butler Invitational title
  • Led the Spartan offense with 45 kills, averaging five kills per set
  • Added 11 digs and three service aces on the weekend
  • Needs 10 kills to become the third Spartan to eclipse the 2,000 career kill mark
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the Butler Invitational
  • Earned her second Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Lauren Wicinski (Oct. 22, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week & Co-Freshman of the Week
Faye Adelaja, Purdue
MB – Fr. – Baton Rouge, La. – Parkview Baptist   

  • Helped No. 22 Purdue defeat Florida Atlantic (3-0), Pittsburgh (3-2) and USF (3-0) and earn the USF Invitational crown
  • Led the Boilermaker defense with 23 blocks, averaging 2.1 blocks per set
  • Limited opponents to an .098 hitting percentage
  • Became the first Purdue player since 2010 to post more than 10 blocks in a match, racking up 11 stuffs against the Panthers
  • Reeled in the first weekly awards of her career
  • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Ariel Turner (Oct. 15, 2012)
  • Last Purdue Freshman Player of the Week: Annie Drews (Sept. 24, 2012)

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

  • Guided No. 13 Ohio State to victories over IUPUI (3-0), Southeast Missouri (3-1) and Xavier (3-1) en route to the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic title
  • Paced the Buckeye offense with 138 assists, averaging 12.5 per set
  • Notched double-doubles against IUPUI (44 assists, 12 digs) and Southeast Missouri (48 assists, 13 digs)
  • Named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as Ohio State remained undefeated on the year (9-0)
  • Earned her third Big Ten weekly award and second Setter of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Setter of the Week: Taylor Sherwin (Sept. 2, 2013)



Co-Freshman of the Week
Amber Rolfzen, Nebraska
OH – Papillion, Neb. – Papillion-La Vista South 

  • Led No. 12 Nebraska to victories over Saint Mary’s (3-1), Dayton (3-0) and No. 17 Iowa State (3-0) to claim the Ameritas Players Challenge crown
  • Produced double-doubles in all three matches this weekend, averaging 3.6 kills and 3.5 digs per set
  • Tallied a career-high 16 kills against Saint Mary’s
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the Ameritas Players Challenge
  • Earned her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Meghan Haggerty (Nov. 19, 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

Sept. 16        P:    Lauren Wicinski, Sr., MSU
                        D:    Faye Adelaja, Fr., PUR
                        S:    Taylor Sherwin, Jr., OSU
                        F:    Amber Rolfzen, NEB
                               Faye Adelaja, PUR