Michigan State and Penn State Earn Final Weekly Honors of 2006

Michigan State senior Nicole Colaluca was selected as the season's final Defensive Player of the Week.

Michigan State senior Nicole Colaluca was selected as the season's final Defensive Player of the Week.

Nov. 27, 2006

BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Megan Hodge, Penn State
FR, OH, Durham, N.C./Riverside

Behind Hodge's efforts, the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions captured their fourth consecutive Big Ten title and also a piece of conference history as the first program ever to win four consecutive outright titles.  The freshman outside hitter ignited the Penn State offense against Illinois as she recorded 19 kills on .371 hitting Friday night, while also adding four digs and two blocks in the 3-0 win. The following night versus Northwestern, Hodge again posted a match-high kill total, this one 18 on .367 hitting.  She also recorded her ninth career double-double with a match-high 11 digs and added two service aces and a block. For the weekend, Hodge led the team with 6.17 kills per game on .369 hitting with 0.50 service aces per game and 2.50 digs per game, both team highs.  This is Hodge's third weekly selection this year as she was honored on Sept. 25 and Oct. 23.

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nicole Colaluca, Michigan State
SR, LIB, Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central

Colaluca anchored the Spartan backcourt with 7.16 digs per game combined in a pair of wins against Michigan and Iowa last weekend. The senior libero contributed 18 digs and three assists against the Wolverines and matched a season high with 25 digs in the regular-season finale versus Iowa. She ends the 2006 regular season ranked second in the single-season record book with 4.68 digs per game.  This is the first weekly honor of her career.