Illinois and Purdue Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Illinois' Anna Dorn has been named Big Ten Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week.

Oct. 10, 2011

Player of the Week
Ariel Turner, Purdue
OH – Jr. – Highlands Ranch, Colo. – Mountain Vista 

  • Posted 5.7 kills, 2.9 digs and 0.7 blocks per set in No. 11 Purdue’s weekend road swing at No. 6 Nebraska and Iowa
  • Recorded 24 kills and 11 digs in the Boilermakers’ four-set loss to the Huskers, notching the 1,000th kill of her career during the match
  • Added 16 kills and nine blocks in a three-set win over the Hawkeyes
  • Reels in her second consecutive Player of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Ariel Turner (Oct. 3, 2011) 

Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week
Anna Dorn, Illinois
MB – Fr. – Munster, Ind. – Munster 

  • Averaged 2.1 blocks per set for top-ranked Illinois in road wins over No. 25 Ohio State (3-0) and No. 8 Penn State (3-2)
  • Tied an Illinois record with 13 block assists against the Nittany Lions, adding five kills and a dig in the win
  • Recorded four blocks, four kills and two assists in the Illini’s win over the Buckeyes
  • Earns her first weekly awards
  • Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Erin Johnson (Sept. 26, 2011)
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jennifer Bonilla (Oct. 25, 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

Oct. 3
P: Ariel Turner, Jr., PUR
D: Katie Slay, So., PSU
F: Lexi Dannemiller, MICH

Oct. 11
P: Ariel Turner, Jr., PUR
D: Anna Dorn, Fr., ILL
F: Anna Dorn, ILL