Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Purdue's Ariel Turner takes home the ninth weekly award of her career.

Oct. 15, 2012

Player of the Week
Jennifer Cross, Michigan
MB – Jr. – Scarborough, Ontario – Birchmount Park Collegiate

  • Led Michigan to 3-0 wins over No. 22 Illinois and Northwestern
  • Hit .340 for the week, averaging 3.7 kills, 1.5 digs and 1.7 blocks per set
  • Posted team-highs of 14 kills and seven blocks against the Illini
  • Recorded eight kills and three blocks against the Wildcats
  • Reels in her first Player of the Week honor this season and the second weekly award of her career
  • Last Michigan Player of the Week: Lexi Erwin (Aug. 27, 2012)

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

  • Averaged 3.3 digs and 1.0 blocks per set in road contests against No. 1 Penn State and No. 19 Ohio State
  • Notched a double-double in a 3-1 win against the Buckeyes, posting 16 kills and 12 digs, along with a season-best five blocks
  • Recorded a team-high 11 digs against top-ranked Penn State
  • Reels in her first Defensive Player of the Week honor and the ninth weekly award of her career
  • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Carly Cramer (Sept. 24, 2012)

Setter of the Week
Lauren Cook, Nebraska
S – Sr. – Lincoln, Neb. – Pius X

  • Averaged 11.6 assists and 2.3 digs per set in wins over No. 10 Minnesota (3-1) and Wisconsin (3-0)
  • Led the third-ranked Huskers to a .361 hitting percentage for the weekend, including a .396 clip against the Badgers
  • Notched a double-double against the Gophers, posting 44 assists and 11 digs
  • Dished out 37 assists against Wisconsin
  • Reels in her third Setter of the Week honor this season
  • Last Nebraska Setter of the Week: Lauren Cook (Oct. 8, 2012)

 

 

Freshman of the Week
Alexis Viliunas, Illinois
S – La Grange, Ill. – Lyons Township

  • Averaged 9.8 assists and 2.8 digs per set in a 3-2 road win over No. 25 Michigan State
  • Notched a double-double in her first collegiate match, posting 49 assists and 14 digs
  • Reels in her first Big Ten weekly award
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jocelynn Birks (Sept. 17, 2012)

2012 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 27
P: Lexi Erwin, Jr., MICH
    Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
D: Katie Slay, Jr, PSU
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Katie Gallagher, IND

Sept. 4
P: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
D: Kori Moster, So., MSU
    Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 10
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Mary Ording, Sr., WIS
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 17
P: Jocelynn Birks, Fr., ILL
D: Alexis Mathews, Jr., MSU
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Jocelynn Birks, ILL

Sept. 24
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Carly Cramer, Jr., PUR
S: Alexandra Palmer, Jr., MINN
    Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Annie Drews, PUR

Oct. 1
P: Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR
D: Tiffany Morales, Fr., MICH
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Tiffany Morales, MICH

Oct. 8
P: Alex Lovell, So., IOWA
D: Katie Slay, Jr., PSU
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Daly Santana, MINN

Oct. 15
P: Jennifer Cross, Jr., MICH
D: Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Alexis Viliunas, ILL