Sept. 28, 2009
BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Arielle Wilson, Penn State
Jr., MH, Broadview, Ill./Proviso East
Wilson led her team with 26 total kills as No. 1 Penn State swept Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois on the road to extend its overall winning streak to 78 consecutive matches. The junior averaged 4.3 kills on .657 hitting with 1.2 blocks per set. She opened the conference season on Friday with 13 kills on a .579 average against Northwestern, also tallying two block assists and a pair of digs. The following night vs. the nationally ranked Fighting Illini, she put down another 13 kills at a .750 attack clip, also contributing five total blocks. Her .750 hitting average is the sixth-highest single-match mark in the Big Ten this season, while her overall .596 attack clip is the best in the conference. The weekly honor is the fifth of Wilson’s career.
Last PSU POW: Megan Hodge (offense), Sept. 21, 2009
Sloane Donhoff, Michigan
So., LIB, Louisville, Ky./Assumption
Donhoff earns her first career weekly accolade after digging more hits than any other player in the conference over the weekend, helping No. 8 Michigan to road wins against Indiana and Purdue. The sophomore averaged 4.4 digs per set and converted on 35 of 36 reception opportunities while anchoring the Wolverine defense that held opponents to a sub-.200 attack percentage. On Friday at Indiana, Donhoff recorded 10 digs, also adding an assist and a service ace in a sweep. Versus Purdue on Sunday, she tallied a career-high 25 digs as Michigan came from behind to earn a five-set win.
Last MICH POW: Lexi Zimmerman (offense), Sept. 7, 2009
Last PSU FOW: Darcy Dorton, Sept. 7, 2009
Darcy Dorton, Penn State
OH, Muncie, Ind./Delta
Dorton takes home her third Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 3.5 kills on .545 hitting as Penn State swept Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois on the road. Against the Wildcats, she put down seven kills on 11 swings with just one error, also adding two total blocks. On Saturday vs. the Illini, she was one of three Nittany Lions with double-digit kills, putting down a team-leading 14.