Nov. 13, 2006
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Katie Bruzdzinski, Michigan
Jr., OH, Naperville, Ill./Naperville North
Bruzdzinski played a pivotal role in Michigan's upset of No. 16 Purdue and helped the Wolverines knock off back-to-back ranked opponents for just the third time in program history. On the weekend, she averaged 7.33 kills per game (8.00 kpg vs. Purdue) on .447 hitting, more than doubled her conference-leading service aces per game with 0.83 apg and added 2.17 digs per game to help solidify Michigan's defense. Against Purdue, Bruzdzinski hammered nine kills on .500 hitting to help the Wolverines seize momentum in West Lafayette and knock off the Boilermakers on their home floor for just the second time in 12 matches. Looking to avenge an early season loss to Indiana, Bruzdzinski came fast out of the blocks with nine kills in game one, including four kills in the final five points to propel Michigan to victory. With Michigan spreading its attack in games two and three, Bruzdzinski concentrated on serving, slamming three aces in game two and a pair in game three, giving her five aces in the match -- tying for seventh place on U-M's single-match service ace list. This is Bruzdzinski's second-straight weekly honor and the third of her career.
Last MICH POW: Katie Bruzdzinski (11/6/06)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Vanessa King, Michigan State
Fr., MB, Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake
King posted her top defensive match of the season, recording four block solos and six block assists for a career-high 10 blocks in the Spartans' upset of No. 16 Purdue on Saturday. The freshman middle blocker contributed 15 kills on 30 attempts at a .400 clip against the Boilermakers, and added six kills and two block assists in the MSU victory versus Indiana. The win against Purdue marked Michigan State's first win over a ranked opponent this season. This is King's first career weekly honor.
Last MSU DPOW: This is MSU's first DPOW honor.