Nov. 17, 2008
BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Alisha Glass, Penn State
Jr., S, Leland, Mich./Leland
Glass guided Penn State to a pair of road sweeps over top-20 opponents this past weekend as the Nittany Lions set an NCAA record for consecutive matches won and clinched at least a share of their sixth consecutive Big Ten title. At No. 17 Illinois on Friday, Glass put up 40 assists and directed the PSU offense to a .400 hitting percentage while also tallying two kills, three blocks and nine digs in the match. At No. 18 Purdue on Saturday, the junior set the Nittany Lions to a .412 clip, dishing out 41 assists while tallying one kill, two blocks and a match-high 10 digs. On the weekend, Glass averaged 13.5 assists per set while leading her offense to a combined .406 hitting percentage. Behind Glass, five players reached double-digit kills, all hitting .218 or better. The award is the third of Glass’s career as she was also honored on Sept. 11, 2006 and Nov. 19, 2007. The Penn State setter was named National Player of the Week each of the previous two times she earned Big Ten weekly honors.
Last PSU POW: Arielle Wilson (defense), Nov. 10, 2008
Stephanie Lynch, Purdue
Sr., MH, New Albany, Ind./New Albany
Lynch led the Boilermakers at the net with a combined 2.4 blocks-per-set average against Indiana and No. 1 Penn State over the weekend. Hosting the Hoosiers on Friday, the senior recorded her first double-digit blocking performance of the season with 10 total stuffs. The total ties for the fourth-highest in the conference this season and the second-highest tally during a Big Ten game this year. The effort lifted Lynch to the 600 career blocks milestone and helped the Boilermakers defeat Indiana, 3-2. Against top-ranked Penn State on Saturday, Lynch tallied nine total blocks, including two solo efforts to help Purdue score 20 points in two sets against a Nittany Lion squad that has yet to drop a single stanza this season. Behind Lynch, the Boilermakers tallied nine team blocks in the match, which is the highest total by a PSU opponent this year. The weekly award is the fifth of Lynch’s career and her third this season.
Last PUR POW: Stephanie Lynch (offense) & Kelli Miller (defense), Oct. 20, 2008