Illinois' Belter Named Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week
Oct. 11, 2004
Jessica Belter, Illinois
Belter earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor as for the second straight year, she excelled against Michigan and Michigan State. The senior outside hitter recorded 25 kills and a .600 hitting percentage against the Wolverines and followed with an 18-kill performance over the Spartans. Belter led No. 24 Illinois to a pair of wins this past weekend, including a 3-2 victory over Michigan - the lone Conference matchup to extend to five games. She hit .567 for the weekend, which raised her season hitting percentage from .256 to .320.
This marks the second consecutive week Belter has posted impressive numbers. She had 19 kills versus Wisconsin and 12 against Northwestern the week before, giving her a four-match total of 74 kills and a .454 clip in the past two weeks.
Ironically, Belter was the last Illini player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades, as she was honored on October 20, 2003, for her performance against Michigan and Michigan State. Her play also earned her AVCA National Player of the Week honors.