Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio State Take Home Weekly Accolades




Oct. 26, 2009

BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

CO-OFFENSE
Tabitha Love, Minnesota
OH, Dauphin, Manitoba/Dauphin Regional Secondary
Love led the Golden Gophers to wins against Michigan State and No. 11 Michigan over the weekend, averaging 4.1 kills on .351 hitting as Minnesota improved its Big Ten record to 8-2. Against the Spartans on Friday, the freshman tallied a career-high 18 kills in a five-set win. The following night vs. the nationally ranked Wolverines, she improved upon her newly established career-best with 19 kills while attacking at a career-high .455 clip. She also added a block solo and a block assist as Minnesota grabbed the 3-1 win, marking the team’s second victory over a top-12 opponent this year.

Last MINN POW: Christine Tan (defense), Oct. 5, 2009

Ashley Hughes, Ohio State
Sr., S, Carroll, Ohio/Bloom Carroll

Hughes becomes Ohio State’s first Big Ten Player of the Week in almost two years after directing the Buckeyes to wins over Purdue and Indiana, improving her team’s conference record to 5-5. Against the Boilermakers on Friday, Hughes tallied 48 assists while passing her squad to a .306 attack average. The setter also contributed five kills on .667 hitting with seven digs and a block solo in the 3-1 win. The following night vs. Indiana, she tallied 53 assists with 19 digs, three kills, a service ace and three block assists as OSU once again earned a 3-1 victory. For the weekend, Hughes averaged 12.6 assists per set while guiding the Buckeyes to a combined .298 attack average. She also put down eight kills on .538 hitting with 3.3 digs and 0.5 blocks per set.

Last OSU POW: Kaila Calhoun (defense), Oct. 29, 2007

DEFENSE
Johannah Bangert, Illinois
Jr., MB, Washington, Mo./Washington

Bangert anchored the Illinois defense that held opponents to just .043 hitting on the weekend, putting up a combined 22 blocks as the Illini earned road wins over Wisconsin and Iowa. Against the Badgers on Friday, the junior tallied one block solo and 13 block assists, tying the schools block assists record for the second time in three weeks. The 14 total blocks also stands as the highest by a Big Ten player this season. At Iowa the next night, she put down eight stuffs as Illinois held the Hawkeyes to their lowest hitting percentage of the season. Among the nation’s leaders in blocks, Bangert averaged 3.1 blocks per set over the weekend, improving her conference-leading average to 1.67 this season. The weekly honor is Bangert’s second this year and the fourth of her career.


 

 

Last ILL POW: Ashley Edinger (defense), Oct. 19, 2009

FRESHMAN
Tabitha Love, Minnesota
OH, Dauphin, Manitoba/Dauphin Regional Secondary

Love led the Golden Gophers to wins against Michigan State and No. 11 Michigan over the weekend, averaging 4.1 kills on .351 hitting as Minnesota improved its Big Ten record to 8-2. Against the Spartans on Friday, the freshman tallied a career-high 18 kills in a five-set win. The following night vs. the nationally ranked Wolverines, she improved upon her newly established career-best with 19 kills while attacking at a career-high .455 clip. She also added a block solo and a block assist as Minnesota grabbed the 3-1 win, marking the team’s second victory over a top-12 opponent this year. This is the second time this season Love has been honored as the conference’s Freshman of the Week.

Last MINN FOW: Tabitha Love, Sept. 7, 2009