Boilermaker and Golden Gopher Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors
Nov. 20, 2006
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lynch averaged 4.4 kills per game on .636 hitting, while also contributing 2.3 blocks per game and four aces in a pair of road wins for the Boilermakers last week. The sophomore began the weekend by posting a team-best 15 kills on .520 hitting and had a career-high 12 blocks and three aces at Northwestern. The 12-block tally (3 solo, 9 assists) marked the second-best four-game match mark in school history and first 12-block performance since 1992. Against Illinois, Lynch continued her offensive output, leading the team with a season-best 16 kills at a .789 clip, while also adding an ace and four blocks. The .789 hitting effort marked the second-best three-game match efficiency in school history. This is Lynch's first weekly honor of her career.
Last PUR POW: Danita Merlau (10/9/06)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Peniata averaged 6.62 digs and 0.62 assists per game in two wins last week against No. 10 Wisconsin and Iowa to help Minnesota move into sole possession of second place. The Golden Gophers limited the two opponents to a .134 hitting percentage on the week, including Wisconsin to a .173 hitting percentage. Peniata had 17 digs against the Badgers and a crucial kill on a push play in the fourth game when Minnesota claimed the match with a 30-25 game-four victory. She had her second-highest dig total in her career against Iowa with 36. This is Peniata's third weekly honor this season and of her career.
Last MINN DPOW: Malama Peniata (10/23/06)