Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin Earn Big Ten Volleyball Player of the Week Honors

Nov. 14, 2016

Player of the Week
Sarah Wilhite, Minnesota
OH – Sr. – Eden Praire, Minn. – Eden Prairie

  • Guided No. 2 Minnesota to wins over Illinois and Northwestern
  • Averaged 4 kills per set, hitting .299 on the week
  • Knocked down 24 kills, with 12 in each match
  • Recorded 21 digs on the week, securing a double-double in each match
  • Earns her fifth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Sarah Wilhite (Sept. 26, 2016)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Alyssa Garvelink, Michigan State
MB – Jr. – Holland, Mich. – Holland Christian

  • Propelled the No. 15 Spartans to wins over No. 17 Michigan and Purdue
  • Totaled 18 blocks on the week, averaging 2.6 blocks per set
  • Collects her second straight Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Alyssa Garvelink (Nov. 7, 2016)

 

Kelli Bates, Wisconsin
MB – Jr. – Holland, Mich. – Holland Christian


 

 

  • Helped the No. 3 Badgers post wins over Illinois and Northwestern
  • Tallied 44 digs on the week, averaging 5.5 digs per set
  • Collects her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Tionna Williams (Sept. 26, 2016)

 

Setter of the Week
Rachel Minarick, Michigan State
S – Jr. – Naperville, Ill. – Waubonsie Valley

  • Led No. 15 Michigan State to wins versus No. 17 Michigan and Purdue
  • Averaged 12.3 assists per set on the week, totaling 86 set assists 
  • Added 16 digs across the two matches with eight digs in each contest
  • Earns her fourth career Setter of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Setter of the Week: Rachel Minarick (Nov. 23, 2015)

 

Freshman of the Week
Gia Milana, Maryland
OH – Fr. – Romeo, Mich. – Romeo

  • Helped Maryland to a win over Rutgers and a four-set loss to nationally-ranked Penn State
  • Tallied 31 kills on the week, averaging 4.4 kills per set
  • Contributed 15 total digs, including 11 against the Nittany Lions to secure a double-double
  • Collects her first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Angel Gaskin (Nov. 9, 2015)

2016 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week
Aug. 29
P: Taylor Sandbothe, OSU
D: Ashlyn MacGregor, MD
S: Kelly Hunter, NEB

S: Lauren Carlini, WIS
F: Molly Haggerty, WIS

 

Sept. 5

P: Sarah Wilhite, MINN

D: Tionna Williams, WIS

S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN

F: Alexis Hart, MINN

 

Sept. 12

P: Danielle Cuttino, PUR

D: Jenna Lerg, MICH

D: Hannah Tapp, MINN

S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN

F: Alexis Hart, MINN

 

Sept. 19

P: Molly Haggerty, WIS

D: Tionna Williams, WIS

S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN

F: Molly Haggerty, WIS

 

Sept. 26

P: Sarah Wilhite, MINN

D: Tionna Williams, WIS

S: Kelly Hunter, NEB

F: Jacqueline Quade, ILL

 

Oct. 3

P: Taylor Sandbothe, OSU

D: Valeria Leon, OSU

S: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN

F: Alexis Hart, MINN

 

Oct. 10

P: Simone Lee, PSU

D: Amber Rolfzen, NEB

S: Abby Dettering, PSU

F: MacKenzi Welsh, MICH

 

Oct. 17

P: Kadie Rolfzen, NEB

D: Brandi Donnelly, ILL

S: Jordyn Poulter, ILL

F: MacKenzi Welsh, MICH

 

Oct. 24

P: Amber Rolfzen, NEB

D: Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB

S: Kelly Hunter, NEB

F: MacKenzi Welsh, MICH

 

Oct. 31

P: Reghan Coyle, IOWA

D: Molly Lohman, MINN

S: Lauren Carlini, WIS

F: Kendall Beerman, IND

 

Nov. 7

P: Autumn Bailey, MSU

D: Alyssa Garvelink, MSU

D: Amber Rolfzen, NEB
S: Kelly Hunter, NEB

F: MacKenzi Welsh, MICH

F: Molly Haggerty, WIS

 

Nov. 14

P: Sarah WIlhite, MINN

D: Alyssa Garvelink, MSU

D: Kelli Bates, WIS

S: Rachel Minarick, MSU

F: Gia Milana, MD