Oct. 6, 2008
BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Nicole Fawcett, Penn State
Sr., OH, Zanesfield, Ohio/Benjamin Logan
Fawcett picks up Big Ten Player of the Week honors after leading her team to a pair of conference wins last week, helping the Nittany Lions stay undefeated in matches as well as sets. Against Indiana on Wednesday, the senior put down 13 kills on a .450 hitting percentage, also contributing one block, one assist and a match-high nine digs. Facing Michigan State on Saturday, Fawcett recorded a match-high 14 kills on .545 hitting with two assists, two service aces and five saves. On the week she averaged 4.5 kills and 2.3 digs per set on the strength of a .500 hitting percentage. The weekly honor is Fawcett's third this season and the eighth of her career, tying her for second all-time in the Big Ten.
Last PSU POW: Nicole Fawcett (offense), Sept. 22, 2008
Christine Tan, Minnesota
Jr., LIB, Safety Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor
Tan earns Big Ten defensive accolades after leading the Golden Gophers to a pair of wins over top-20 opponents on the road, improving Minnesota's conference record to 4-0. The junior libero recorded 36 digs in Friday's match vs. No. 19 Illinois and also received 19 errorless serves in a five-set match. The 36 saves marks the second-highest single-match digs total of her career and the highest digs total in a Big Ten match this season. On Saturday against No. 18 Purdue, Tan recorded 10 saves and executed on all 14 of her service reception opportunities as the Gophers swept the Boilermakers. For the weekend, Tan averaged 5.8 digs per set and anchored the Minnesota defense that held opponents to a .116 hitting clip. Tan's fourth award this season is the sixth of her career, tying her for sixth all-time on the Big Ten's career chart. Her single-season total is tied for second in the Big Ten, while no player in conference history owns as many career defensive honors as Tan since the award began in 2005.
Last MINN POW: Christine Tan (defense), Sept. 29, 2008