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.

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