Oct. 29, 2007
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Laura DeBruler, Illinois
Fr., OH, Downers Grove, Ill./North
DeBruler earns her second weekly honor of the season after recording two 20-kill matches last weekend. The freshman has put down 20 or more kills on 12 occasions this season, which ties her for third most in Illinois single-season history. DeBruler registered 24 kills in a sweep over Purdue on Friday and put down 23 in a win against Indiana on Saturday, including seven in the decisive Game 4. DeBruler is among NCAA leaders and is first in the conference with 4.91 kills per game, including a 5.06 kpg average in Big Ten matches. On the weekend the Downers Grove, Ill., native averaged 6.7 kpg, also contributing three service aces and 11 digs.
Last ILL POW: Laura DeBruler (10/1/07)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kaila Calhoun, Ohio State
Fr., OH, Elkhart, Ind./Concord
Calhoun takes home the first conference accolade of her career after leading Ohio State to road victories against Iowa and Minnesota over the weekend. The freshman recorded double-digit digs in each match to average 3.8 per game, also contributing 1.3 blocks per game. Against the No. 22-ranked Gophers on Saturday, Calhoun equaled her career high with nine block assists and also added a block solo on Friday to average 1.3 stuffs per game on the weekend. The Elkhart, Ind., native handled 97 percent of services successfully and led the Buckeye defense in holding opponents to a .084 combined hitting average on the weekend.
Last OSU Defensive POW: Ami Stevens (10/8/07)