Illinois, Michigan State and Nebraska Collect Weekly Volleyball Awards

Illinois' Michelle Bartsch and Erin Johnson, Michigan State's Kori Moster and Nebraska's Gina Mancuso (pictured) have been named Big Ten Players of the Week.

Sept. 26, 2011

Co-Players of the Week
Michelle Bartsch, Illinois
OH - Sr. - Maryville, Ill. - Collinsville 

  • Averaged 4.1 kills, 3.0 digs and 0.6 blocks per set in No. 3 Illinois' wins over No. 9 Minnesota (3-2) and Wisconsin (3-0)
  • Recorded back-to-back double-doubles, posting 23 kills and 14 digs against the Gophers and 10 kills and 10 digs against the Badgers
  • Picks up her second weekly award of the season and the third of her career
  • Last Illinois Player of the Week: Michelle Bartsch (Sept. 5, 2011)

Gina Mancuso, Nebraska
OH - Jr. - Omaha, Neb. - Papillion-La Vista 

  • Led No. 10 Nebraska to wins over two top-25 opponents, No. 5 Penn State (3-2) and No. 24 Ohio State (3-1)
  • Averaged 3.7 kills per set with a .319 hitting percentage, along with 1.6 digs and 0.4 blocks per set in the Huskers' back-to-back wins
  • Recorded a double-double against the Nittany Lions with 22 kills and 10 digs
  • Becomes the first Nebraska player to earn a Big Ten weekly award

Defensive Player of the Week
Erin Johnson, Illinois
MB - Jr. - Crystal Lake, Ill. - South 

  • Recorded 1.5 blocks per set in No. 3 Illinois' back-to-back conference wins on the road against No. 9 Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Tallied a career-high 10 block assists against No. 9 Minnesota
  • Earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Johannah Bangert (Nov. 1, 2010)

Freshman of the Week
Kori Moster, Michigan State
LIB - Cincinnati, Ohio - Ursuline Academy 

  • Notched 4.3 digs per set and handled 34 service reception attempts without an error against No. 13 Purdue and Indiana
  • Tallied a career-best 17 digs against Indiana, adding 13 against Purdue
  • Earns the first weekly honor of her career
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Alexis Mathews (Nov. 29, 2010)



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

Sept. 26
P: Michelle Bartsch, Sr., ILL; Gina Mancuso, Jr., NEB
D: Erin Johnson, Jr., ILL
F: Kori Moster, MSU