Minnesota and Northwestern Take Home Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota's Tori Dixon was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Minnesota's Tori Dixon was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Sept. 23, 2013

Park Ridge, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern
OH - Sr. - Burlington, Ill. - Central   

  • Helped Northwestern post victories over South Florida (3-2), Miami University (3-0) and IUPUI (3-0) en route to the Wildcat Classic title
  • Recorded double-doubles in all three matches, averaging 6.2 kills and 4.1 digs per set
  • Notched a career-high 24 digs against South Florida
  • Set a Northwestern record with 24 kills in a three-set match against Miami (Ohio)
  • Hit .358 on the weekend on 148 attempts, averaging 13.5 total attacks per set
  • Named Most Valuable Player of the Wildcat Classic, her second MVP honor this season and the ninth of her career
  • Earned her fourth career Big Ten weekly award and third Player of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Stephanie Holthus (Nov. 19, 2012)

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

  • Helped No. 9 Minnesota defeat Rhode Island (3-0), New Hampshire (3-0), Connecticut (3-1) and Dartmouth (3-0) en route to the Dartmouth Tournament crown
  • Averaged 2.9 digs and 1.4 blocks per set
  • Added 4.4 kills per set with a .485 hitting percentage
  • Named to the all-tournament team for the third time this season
  • Reeled in her sixth career Big Ten weekly award and fifth Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Tori Dixon (Sept. 9, 2013)

Setter and Freshman of the Week
Caleigh Ryan, Northwestern
S - Glen Ellyn, Ill. - Glenbard West   

  • Guided Northwestern to wins over South Florida (3-2), Miami University (3-0) and IUPUI (3-0) to earn the Wildcat Classic crown
  • Paced the Wildcat offense with 149 assists, averaging 13.5 assists per set
  • Handed out a career-high 61 assists against South Florida
  • Recorded a double-double against the Bulls (61 digs, 13 assists)
  • Helped Northwestern record a .347 hitting percentage and added a career-high four blocks against IUPUI
  • Earned her first two career Big Ten weekly awards
  • Last Northwestern Setter of the Week: Madalyn Shalter (Sept. 17, 2012)
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Yewande Akanbi (Nov. 28, 2011)

 

 

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Wee
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

Sept. 23        P:    Stephanie Holthus, Sr., NU
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Caleigh Ryan, Fr., NU
                        F:    Caleigh Ryan, NU