Nov. 9, 2009
BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Laura DeBruler, Illinois
Jr., OH, Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North
DeBruler earns her second Player of the Week accolade this season and the seventh of her career after leading her team to wins against No. 15 Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend. The junior averaged 5.1 kills on .367 hitting, also contributing 2.6 digs and 0.7 blocks per set as Illinois extended its winning streak to 11 and reach the 20-wins milestone for the second straight year. Against the nationally ranked Wolverines, DeBruler put down 21 kills at a .283 clip, becoming the sixth player in program history to eclipse the 1,500 career kills marker. The following night against the Spartans, she tacked on 15 more hits at a .538 pace, helping the Illini maintain their hold on second place in the conference standings with a 12-2 Big Ten record.
Last ILL POW: Johannah Bangert (defense), Oct. 26, 2009
Sabel Moffett, Northwestern
Jr., MB, Temecula, Calif./Chapparal
Moffett becomes the second Wildcat in as many weeks to earn Big Ten defensive honors after leading Northwestern to a split with Michigan State and No. 15 Michigan. The junior kept opposing hitters off balance all weekend, tallying 10 total blocks in each match, tying her career best each night. With the performance, Moffett moved into ninth place in Northwestern’s record book with 260 career block assists, and is on the verge of cracking the program’s top 10 with 54 career block solos and 314 total career stuffs. The middle hitter currently ranks third in the Big Ten and is among the NCAA’s leaders with 1.44 blocks per set this season. The weekly accolade is the first in Moffett’s career.
Last NU POW: Kate Nobilio (defense), Nov. 2, 2009
Anna Drewry, Purdue
MB, San Antonio, Texas/Tom C. Clark
Drewry earns her first Freshman of the Week honor after helping the Boilermakers to a split with Indiana and No. 12 Minnesota over the weekend. The middle blocker averaged 2.4 kills on .571 hitting, also recording 1.3 blocks per set. The freshman led the Boilermakers against in-state rival Indiana on Wednesday with a career-high 10 kills at a .692 clip, also posting a team-high eight blocks. On Sunday against Minnesota, she tallied seven kills with no errors, also with two digs and a block.
Last PUR FOW: Ariel Turner, Oct. 19, 2009