Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota's Ashley Wittman was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week.

Sept. 30, 2013

Rosemont, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
OH – Sr. – Geneva, Ill. – Geneva  

  • Helped No. 15 Michigan State post road victories over No. 1 Penn State (3-2) and No. 13 Ohio State (3-0)
  • Averaged 4.1 kills per set and posted a .413 hitting percentage
  • Led the Spartans with 21 kills, two service aces, two blocks and nine digs against Penn State, handing the Nittany Lions just their third home loss since 2006
  • Paced Michigan State with 12 kills, two digs and two aces in the sweep of the previously unbeaten Buckeyes
  • Earned her third career Player of the Week honor and second this season
  • Last Michigan State Player of the Week: Lauren Wicinski (Sept. 16, 2013)

Defensive Player of the Week
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
OH – Sr. – Shakopee, Minn. – Shakopee    

  • Helped No. 9 Minnesota to three-set sweeps over Indiana and No. 20 Purdue
  • Led the Gophers in kills (24), kills per set (4.0), digs (22) and points (29.5)
  • Averaged 3.7 digs and 1.7 blocks pet set
  • Posted a .404 hitting percentage
  • Reeled in her seventh career Big Ten weekly award and first Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Tori Dixon (Sept. 23, 2013)

Setter of the Week
Mary Pollmiller, Nebraska
S – Jr. – Littleton, Colo. – Chatfield

  • Guided No. 12 Nebraska to road wins over Northwestern (3-1) and No. 24 Illinois (3-0)
  • Paced the Husker offense with 81 assists, averaging 11.6 assists per set
  • Recorded six total blocks
  • Helped Nebraska record a .307 team hitting percentage and added nine digs against the Wildcats
  • Earned her first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Nebraska Setter of the Week: Lauren Cook (Oct. 15, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Haleigh Nelson, Wisconsin
MB – Cary, N.C. – Cardinal Gibbons

  • Helped Wisconsin to wins over No. 20 Purdue (3-0) and Indiana (3-1)
  • Averaged 1.9 blocks per set and recorded a team-high .417 hitting percentage
  • Added 17 kills, averaging 2.4 kills per set
  • Posted a career-high seven blocks against the Boilermakers
  • Collected her first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Julie Mikaelsen (Nov. 1, 2010)

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week
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

Sept. 30        P:    Lauren Wicinski, Sr., MSU
                        D:    Ashley Wittman, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Mary Pollmiller, Jr., NEB
                        F:    Haleigh Nelson, WIS