Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards




Nov. 19, 2012

Co-Player of the Week
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern
OH – Jr. – Burlington, Ill. – Central

  • Averaged 5.6 kills on .375 hitting and 4.4 digs per set in a weekend split of Michigan and Michigan State, recording double-doubles in both games
  • Opened the weekend with a career-high 28 kills and 19 digs in a four-set win against the Wolverines
  • Notched 11 kills and 12 digs against the Spartans
  • Reels in her second Player of the Week honor and third award overall
  • Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Stephanie Holthus (Aug. 29, 2011)

Mari Hole, Ohio State
OH – Sr. – Oslo, Norway – Berg

  • Averaged 5.9 kills on .317 hitting and 2.4 digs per set in road wins against No. 21 Purdue (3-0) and Indiana (3-1)
  • Notched a double-double against the Boilermakers, posting 17 kills and 10 digs
  • Recorded 24 kills, seven digs and one block against the Hoosiers
  • Reels in the third Player of the Week honor of her career
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Mari Hole (Nov. 19, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Tori Dixon, Minnesota
MB – Jr. – Burnsville, Minn. – Burnsville

  • Led No. 14 Minnesota’s defense in wins over No. 9 Nebraska (3-2) and Iowa (3-0)
  • Notched 10 blocks over the weekend, an average of 1.3 per set, including seven against the Huskers
  • Tallied three blocks, including one solo, against the Hawkeyes
  • Hit .457 for the weekend, averaging 3.5 kills per set
  • Earns the third Defensive Player of the Week award of her career
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Tori Dixon (Nov. 5, 2012)

Setter of the Week
Micha Hancock, Penn State
S – So. – Edmond, Okla – Edmond Memorial

  • Helped No. 2 Penn State to its ninth Big Ten title in the last 10 years in wins over No. 21 Purdue (3-1) and Indiana (3-0), averaging  10.4 assists, 2.0 digs and 0.3 blocks per set
  • Tallied 35 assists, eight digs and two blocks against the Hoosiers and posted 38 assists and six digs against the Boilermakers
  • Led the Nittany Lions to a .452 hitting percentage against Indiana and a .317 clip against Purdue
  • Earns her sixth Setter of the Week honor this season and seventh award overall
  • Last Penn State Setter of the Week: Micha Hancock (Nov. 5, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Jocelynn Birks, Illinois
OH – Willow Springs, Ill. – Lyons Township

  • Averaged 5.2 kills on .246 hitting, 2.7 digs and 0.6 blocks per set against Michigan and Michigan State
  • Notched a double-double in the four-set win over the Wolverines, posting 25 kills and 16 digs
  • Tallied 22 kills, eight digs and four blocks against the Spartans
  • Takes home her third Freshman of the Week honor and fourth award overall
  • Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jocelynn Birks (Nov. 5, 2012)

2012 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 27
P: Lexi Erwin, Jr., MICH
    Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
D: Katie Slay, Jr, PSU
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Katie Gallagher, IND

Sept. 4
P: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
D: Kori Moster, So., MSU
    Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 10
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Mary Ording, Sr., WIS
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Sept. 17
P: Jocelynn Birks, Fr., ILL
D: Alexis Mathews, Jr., MSU
S: Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU
F: Jocelynn Birks, ILL

Sept. 24
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Carly Cramer, Jr., PUR
S: Alexandra Palmer, Jr., MINN
    Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Annie Drews, PUR

Oct. 1
P: Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR
D: Tiffany Morales, Fr., MICH
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Tiffany Morales, MICH

Oct. 8
P: Alex Lovell, So., IOWA
D: Katie Slay, Jr., PSU
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Daly Santana, MINN

Oct. 15
P: Jennifer Cross, Jr., MICH
D: Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR
S: Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB
F: Alexis Viliunas, ILL

Oct. 22
P: Lauren Wicinski, Jr., MSU
D: Caitlin Hansen, Jr., IND
S: Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Daly Santana, MINN

Oct. 29
P: Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN
D: Annemarie Hickey, Jr., WIS
S: Amanda Peterson, Sr., OSU
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Nov. 5
P: Ariel Scott, Jr., PSU
D: Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN
S: Lexi Dannemiller, So., MICH
    Micha Hancock, So., PSU
F: Jocelynn Birks, ILL

Nov. 12
P: Mari Hole, Sr., OSU
D: Hayley Thramer, Jr., NEB
S: Lexi Dannemiller, So., MICH
F: Meghan Haggerty, NEB

Nov. 19
P: Stephanie Holthus, Jr., NU
    Mari Hole, Sr., OSU
D: Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN
S: Micha Hancock, So., MICH
F: Jocelynn Birks, ILL