Penn State and Indiana Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors
Sept. 26, 2005
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In her first-ever weekend of Big Ten play, Fawcett led the Nittany Lions to two victories as Penn State emerged from the weekend one of only two schools in the league to take both matches. Against Illinois on Friday, Fawcett posted a match-high 19 kills on .382 hitting, while also recording two blocks and eight digs - her second-highest dig total of the year and her highest for a three-game match. The following night versus Purdue, the freshman again led all players with 22 kills on a team-high .311 hitting with four digs and three blocks, including two solo efforts. For the weekend, Fawcett averaged a team-high 5.12 kills per game on a team-high .342 hitting percentage with 1.50 digs per game and 0.62 blocks per game. The go-to player for Penn State led all players on the week with an average of 5.56 points per game.
Fawcett earns her first career weekly honor and is the third Nittany Lion to receive a conference award in five weeks. She is also the first-ever PSU freshman to claim Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Last PSU POW: Kaleena Walters (9/5/05)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gerling helped lead Indiana to its first Big Ten win in 12 matches with a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over Michigan. The senior outside hitter showed up all over the box score versus the Wolverines with 15 kills, two assists, two aces, 19 digs and five block assists. In the loss to Michigan State, Gerling posted nine kills, an assist, five service aces, 18 digs and three block assists. Overall, the Hoosier senior had just one reception error in 75 attempts and led Indiana with seven aces and 37 digs.
With the inception of the Defensive Player of the Week award this year, Gerling is the first Hoosier to earn the honor. She is also the first Indiana player to be honored by the league since Christina Archibald in 2002.
Last IND POW: Christina Archibald (9/21/02)