Illinois, Minnesota and Penn State Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards
Nov. 6, 2017


Player and Freshman of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
OPP – Fr. – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge
• Averaged 5.2 kills and 3.3 digs per set with a .418 hitting percentage, helping No. 5 Minnesota earn a pair of conference wins
• Had a match-high 18 kills, nine digs and two blocks in a sweep of Maryland
• Posted a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs in the Gophers’ straight-set victory over Ohio State
• Earns her second career Player of the Week award and third career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy (Aug. 28, 2017)
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Jasmyn Martin (Oct. 9, 2017)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Brandi Donnelly, Illinois
L – Sr. – Williamsville, Ill. – Williamsville
• Returned from an injury to average 5.12 digs per set on the weekend to help Illinois earn a pair of conference victories
• Posted 14 digs and five assists, helping the Illini hit .348 in their straight-set victory over Northwestern
• The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was error-free in 48 opportunities, while adding 27 digs in the five-set win against Michigan
• Collects her fifth career Defensive Player of the Week accolade and second the season
• Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Brandi Donnelly (Sept. 18, 2017)

Kendall White, Penn State
L – So. – Indianapolis, Ind. – Cathedral
• Averaged 4.9 digs per set to help top-ranked Penn State extend its win streak to 13 matches
• Posted a season-best 29 digs and six assists in the Nittany Lions’ four-set victory at No. 9 Michigan State
• Earned five digs and was error-free in 11 reception attempts to help the team hit .567 in the straight-set win against Rutgers
• Collects her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Kendall White (Oct. 30, 2017)

Setter of the Week
Jordyn Poulter, Illinois
S – Jr. – Aurora, Colo. – Eaglecrest
• Posted 81 set assists to average 10.12 per set in guiding Illinois to wins over Northwestern and Michigan
• Registered 31 assists, seven digs and four blocks to help the team hit .348 in their straight-set win at Northwestern
• Earned her eighth double-double of the season with 50 assists and 14 digs in the Illini’s five-set victory over Michigan
• Receives her third career Setter of the Week citation and first of the season
• Last Illinois Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter (Oct. 17, 2016)

2017 Big Ten Players of the Week
Aug. 28
P: Stephanie Samedy, Fr., MINN
P: Dana Rettke, Fr., WIS
D: Ali Bastianelli, Jr., ILL
S: Sydney Hilley, Fr., WIS
F: Stephanie Samedy, MINN
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Sept. 5
P: Haleigh Washington, Sr., PSU
D: Briana Holman, Sr., NEB
S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Jr., MINN
F: Sydney Hilley, WIS

Sept. 11
P: Ali Frantti, Sr., PSU
D: Tionna Williams, Jr., WIS
S: Kelly Hunter, Sr., NEB
F: Hannah Gruensfelder, OSU
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Sept. 18
P: Carly Skjodt, Jr., MICH
P: Simone Lee, Sr., PSU
D: Brandi Donnelly, Sr., ILL
S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Jr., MINN
F: Gabrielle Orr, IOWA
F: Stephanie Samedy, MINN

Sept. 25
P: Annika Albrecht, Sr., NEB
D: Autumn Bailey, Sr., MSU
D: Molly Lohman, Sr., MINN
S: Kelly Hunter, Sr., NEB
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Oct. 2
P: Haleigh Washington, Sr., PSU
D: Claire Kieffer-Wright, Sr., MICH
S: Ashley Evans, Sr., PUR
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Oct. 9
P: Haleigh Washington, Sr., PSU
D: Molly Lohman, Sr., MINN
S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Jr., MINN
F: Jasmyn Martin, MINN

Oct. 16
P: Alexis Hart, So., MINN
D: Kendall White, So., PSU
S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Jr., MINN
F: Megan Cooney, ILL
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Oct. 23
P: Dana Rettke, Fr., WIS
D: Dalianliz Rosado, Sr., MINN
S: Rachel Minarick, Sr., MSU
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Oct. 30
P: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
P: Haleigh Washington, Sr., PSU
D: Kendall White, So., PSU
S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Jr., MINN
F: Dana Rettke, WIS

Nov. 6
P: Stephanie Samedy, Fr., MINN
D: Brandi Donnelly, Sr., ILL
D: Kendall White, So., PSU
S: Jordyn Poulter, Jr., ILL
F: Stephanie Samedy, Fr., MINN