Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Madalyn Shalter earns her second consecutive Setter of the Week award.

Sept. 17, 2012

Player and Freshman of the Week
Jocelynn Birks, Illinois
OH – Willow Springs, Ill. – Lyons Township

  • Led No. 23 Illinois to wins over No. 6 Texas (3-2), UCF (3-0) and Cincinnati (3-1)
  • Notched double-doubles in all three matches, averaging 5.0 kills and 3.3 digs per set
  • Led all players at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational with 60 kills and 65 points en route to MVP honors
  • Records her first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Michelle Bartsch (Sept. 26, 2011)
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week:  Anna Dorn (Oct. 10, 2011)

Defensive Player of the Week
Alexis Mathews, Michigan State
MB – Jr. – Detroit, Mich. – Renaissance

  • Helped Michigan State to victories over Presbyterian (3-0), Georgetown (3-0) and the College of Charleston (3-1) to win the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament
  • Recorded 17 blocks over the weekend, an average of 1.7 per set, including a match-high seven blocks against the Cougars
  • Earns her second Defensive Player of the Week honor and fourth award overall
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Kori Moster (Oct. 24, 2011)

Setter of the Week
Madalyn Shalter, Northwestern
S – Sr. – Ottawa, Ohio – Ottawa-Glandorf

  • Guided Northwestern to wins over Delaware (3-0), Saint Louis (3-0) and Western Michigan (3-1) to capture the Wildcat Classic
  • Recorded two double-doubles over the weekend, including 45 assists and 17 digs against the Broncos
  • Averaged 11.4 assists, 3.5 digs and 0.7 blocks per set
  • Earns her second consecutive Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Northwestern Setter of the Week: Madalyn Shalter (Sept. 10, 2012)




2012 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 27
P: Lexi Erwin, Jr., MICH
    Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
D: Katie Slay, Jr, PSU
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Katie Gallagher, IND

Sept. 4
P: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
D: Kori Moster, So., MSU
    Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 10
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Mary Ording, Sr., WIS
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 17
P: Jocelynn Birks, Fr., ILL
D: Alexis Mathews, Jr., MSU
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Jocelynn Birks, ILL