Penn State and Wisconsin Take Home Weekly Conference Honors

Penn State junior Christa Harmotto was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career on Monday.

Penn State junior Christa Harmotto was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career on Monday.

Oct. 15, 2007

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christa Harmotto, Penn State
Jr., MH, Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell

Harmotto earns the fifth conference honor of her career and her third of the season after leading Penn State to victories over Ohio State and No. 15 Michigan last week. Against the Buckeyes on Wednesday, the junior recorded 10 kills on 14 errorless swings to hit at a match-high .714 mark, also contributing eight blocks and three digs in the effort. The Aliquippa, Pa., native helped the Nittany Lions stay unbeaten in conference against the nationally ranked Wolverines on Friday, putting down 12 kills on .550 hitting with two service aces, four blocks and two digs. For the week, Harmotto averaged 3.7 kills per game on .618 hitting with two blocks per game.

Last PSU POW: Nicole Fawcett (10/8/07)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jocelyn Wack, Wisconsin
Sr., LIB, Salem, Wis./Westosha Central

Wack takes home the first weekly award of her career after helping the Badgers stay perfect in Big Ten play with road wins against No. 11 Minnesota and Iowa over the weekend. The senior broke an 18-year-old school record against the Gophers on Friday with 26 digs in a three-game match, helping Wisconsin to its first win in the Twin Cities since 2001. Against the Hawkeyes on Saturday, Wack posted a team-high 17 saves to finish the weekend with a 6.1 digs-per-game average. The Salem, Wis., native received serves at a .966 (56-of-58) percentage and also added six assists and a service ace on the weekend as the Badgers held their opponents to a combined .165 hitting average.

Last WIS Defensive POW: Audra Jeffers (9/24/07)