Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State Pick up Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota's Ashley Wittman, Ohio State's Sarah Mignin and Taylor Sherwin and Penn State's Katie Slay (pictured) have earned Big Ten volleyball weekly accolades.

Sept. 19, 2011

Player of the Week
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
OH – So. – Shakopee, Minn. – Shakopee 

  • Tallied 5.6 kills, 2.3 digs and 1.0 blocks per set and a .422 hitting percentage during the two-match Marquette Challenge
  • Led the ninth-ranked Golden Gophers to the tournament title, helping Minnesota to wins over Middle Tennessee State (3-0) and Marquette (3-2)
  • Posted 20 kills and hit .576 against the Blue Raiders, adding a double-double with 25 kills and 13 digs against the Golden Eagles
  • Named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, earning her second MVP honor this season
  • Named Player of the Week for the second time of her career
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Lauren Gibbemeyer (Nov. 1, 2010)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Sarah Mignin, Ohio State
LIB – Sr. – Sylvania, Ohio – Northview 

  • Averaged 6.3 digs per set and handled 69 service reception attempts without an error at the Sports Imports Classic
  • Pushed 25th-ranked Ohio State to wins against Albany (3-1), Akron (3-0) and Maryland (3-1) en route to the tournament crown
  • Tied her career high with 30 digs against Albany and added 13 against Akron and 26 against Maryland
  • Collects her second weekly award of the season
  • Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Sarah Mignin (Sept. 12, 2011)

Katie Slay, Penn State
MH – So. – Raleigh, N.C. – Wakefield 

  • Recorded 1.9 blocks per set in three matches at the Hampton Inn Classic
  • Led Penn State to wins over Long Island (3-0), Rutgers (3-0) and Florida Gulf Coast (3-1)
  • Matched a career high with 10 total blocks against Florida Gulf Coast
  • Named the Hampton Inn Classic Most Valuable Player
  • Reels in the second Defensive Player of the Week award of her career
  • Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Alyssa D’Errico (Nov. 22, 2010)



Freshman of the Week
Taylor Sherwin, Ohio State
S – Orlando, Fla. – Lake Highland

  • Averaged 14.2 assists and 2.0 digs per set at the Sports Imports Classic, helping Ohio State to the tournament title
  • Notched 54 assists and 14 digs against Albany, following with 47 assists against Akron and 55 versus Maryland
  • Helped the Buckeyes record a .304 team attack percentage during the tournament
  • Earns the first weekly honor of her career
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Emily Danks (Sept. 21, 2009)

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

Sept. 12
P: Mari Hole, Jr., OSU
D: Caitlin Cox, Sr., IND; Sarah Mignin, Sr., OSU
F: Lexi Dannemiller, MICH

Sept. 19
P: Ashley Wittman, So., MINN
D: Sarah Mignin, Sr., OSU; Katie Slay, So., PSU
F: Taylor Sherwin, OSU