Minnesota, Ohio State and Penn State Take Home Weekly Volleyball Awards

Ohio State's Taylor Sandbothe

Ohio State's Taylor Sandbothe

Nov. 25, 2013

Rosemont, Ill. -

Player of the Week
Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
OH – Sr. – Shakopee, Minn. – Shakopee 

  • Led No. 11 Minnesota to road wins over No. 19 Michigan (3-0) and No. 17 Michigan State (3-1)
  • Averaged 4.7 kills, 4.1 digs and 0.7 blocks per set
  • Notched double-doubles against both the Wolverines (15 kills, 10 digs) and Spartans (18 kills, 19 digs)
  • Recorded a .386 hitting percentage
  • Earns her ninth career Big Ten weekly award and third Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Ashley Wittman (Oct. 28, 2013)

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

  • Helped No. 11 Minnesota post road victories over No. 19 Michigan (3-0) and No. 17 Michigan State (3-1)
  • Paced the Gophers at the net, averaging 1.9 blocks per set
  • Her 13 blocks led the Big Ten on the week
  • Tallied 23 kills, hitting at a .360 clip
  • Reels in her eighth career Big Ten weekly award and seventh Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Tori Dixon (Oct. 14, 2013)

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

  • Guided No. 2 Penn State to a pair of four-set wins over Northwestern and No. 20 Illinois
  • Paced the Nittany Lions offense, averaging 14.4 assists per set
  • Led Penn State to a .344 team hitting percentage against the Wildcats
  • With two service aces against Northwestern, she moved into first-place on the Nittany Lions’ career list
  • Earns her 14th career Big Ten weekly award and 10th Setter of the Week accolade
  • Last Penn State Setter of the Week: Micha Hancock (Nov. 4, 2013)

 

 

Freshman of the Week
Taylor Sandbothe, Ohio State
MB – Lee’s Summit, Mo. – Lee’s Summit West    

  • Averaged 3.1 kills, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 digs per set in the Buckeyes’ weekend homestand against Illinois and Northwestern
  • Helped Ohio State post a 3-0 sweep over Northwestern
  • Tallied a career-best seven blocks against the Wildcats
  • Posted a .386 hitting percentage
  • Collects the second Big Ten weekly award of her career
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: Taylor Sandbothe (Nov. 11, 2013)

2013 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Sept. 2          P:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        D:    Bethany Yeager, Sr., IOWA
                        S:    Taylor Sherwin, Jr., OSU
                        F:    Maddie Mayers, ILL

Sept. 9          P:    Kaitlyn Leary, Sr., OSU
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Lexi Dannemiller, Jr., MICH
                        F:    Abby Cole, MICH
Sept. 16        P:    Lauren Wicinski, Sr., MSU
                        D:    Faye Adelaja, Fr., PUR
                        S:    Taylor Sherwin, Jr., OSU
                        F:    Amber Rolfzen, NEB
                                Faye Adelaja, PUR

Sept. 23        P:    Stephanie Holthus, Sr., NU
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Caleigh Ryan, Fr., NU
                        F:    Caleigh Ryan, NU

Sept. 30        P:    Lauren Wicinski, Sr., MSU
                        D:    Ashley Wittman, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Mary Pollmiller, Jr., NEB
                        F:    Haleigh Nelson, WIS

 Oct. 7            P:    Lauren Wicinski, Sr., MSU
                            Kelsey Robinson, Sr., NEB
                        D:    Meghan Haggerty, So., NEB
                        S:    Micha Hancock, Jr., PSU
                        F:    Amber Rolfzen, NEB

 Oct. 14          P:    Katie Slay, Sr., PSU
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Micha Hancock, Jr., PSU
                        F:    Caleigh Ryan, NU

Oct. 21          P:    Val Nichol, Jr., PUR
                        D:    Annemarie Hickey, Sr., WIS
                        S:    Lexi Dannemiller, Jr., MICH
                        F:    Hannah Tapp, MINN

Oct. 28          P:    Ashley Wittman, Sr., MINN
                        D:    KiKi Jones, Jr., PUR
                        S:    Mary Pollmiller, Jr., NEB
                        F:    Kadie Rolfzen, NEB

 Nov. 4           P:    Kelsey Robinson, Sr., NEB
                        D:    Cecilia Hall, So., NEB
                        S:    Micha Hancock, Jr., PSU
                        F:    Kadie Rolfzen, NEB
                               Lauren Carlini, WIS

 Nov. 11         P:    Kelsey Robinson, Sr., NEB
                        D:    Katie Slay, Sr., PSU
                        S:    Mary Pollmiller, Jr., NEB
                        F:    Taylor Sandbothe, OSU

 Nov. 18         P:    Kelsey Robinson, Sr., NEB
                        D:    Katie Slay, Sr., PSU
                        S:    Mary Pollmiller, Jr., NEB
                        F:    Maddie Mayers, ILL

 Nov. 25         P:    Ashley Wittman, Sr., MINN
                        D:    Tori Dixon, Sr., MINN
                        S:    Micha Hancock, Jr., PSU
                        F:    Taylor Sandbothe, OSU