Oct. 9, 2006
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Danita Merlau, Purdue
So., OH, New Palestine, Ind./Cathedral
Merlau led the Boilermakers in kills against Indiana and Iowa this weekend, as she registered 5.8 per game and chalked up double-digit tallies for the 17th and 18th time this season. In the win over the Hoosiers, she posted 17 kills, including eight in the third stanza. During game three, she recorded three kills as the team turned a 20-12 deficit into a 26-25 lead and then added another as part of a 3-0 run which sealed the Boilermaker win. Against the Hawkeyes, she posted a career-high 29 kills on 75 attempts for a .320 hitting percentage, while she also served up four aces and finished the double-double with a career-best 13 digs. In a 33-31 game three, Merlau played a key role for Purdue as she netted nine kills and two aces. In the decisive game five, Merlau accounted for the final three points of the match with two kills and ace to give Purdue the 15-11 win.
Last PUR POW: Renata Dargan (9/12/05)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kelli Miller, Purdue
So., OH/DS, Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central
This past weekend, Miller posted 5.1 digs per game while racking up her second 30-plus dig performance in the last four matches. In the mid-week win against Indiana, the Boilermaker sophomore served an ace and accounted for nine digs. She followed the effort with 32 digs against Iowa, making her only the second player in Purdue history to surpass 30 digs twice in a career. Miller also made good on 96 percent of her 82 service reception attempts against the Hawkeyes.
Last PUR DPOW: Kelli Miller (9/4/06)