Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Purdue Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

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

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

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