Big Ten Picks OSU’s Witte, Purdue’s Atkinson as Co-Players of the Week

  0 volleymob | August 27th, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Courtesy: Big Ten Conference

Michigan’s Lerg and Welsh, Northwestern’s McNulty, Ohio State’s Witte and Purdue’s Atkinson earned the first weekly honors of 2018.

Co-Player of the Week

Lauren Witte, Ohio State

MB – So. – Mentor, Ohio – Lake Catholic

• Led Ohio State to a 3-0 opening weekend, marking a career-high 19 kills and five digs against Albany

• Registered a career-high .846 hitting percentage against Ohio with eleven kills

• Hit .636 through three matches with just two errors

• Tallied 12 blocks over the weekend and earned Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic MVP and All-Tournament team honors

• Garners her first career Player of the Week decoration

• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Taylor Sandbothe (Oct. 3, 2016)

Co-Player of the Week

Sherridan Atkinson, Purdue

OH – Sr. – Long Beach, Calif. – Millikan

• Opened the season with her first career double-double against Wofford with 17 kills and 10 digs

• Posted match-high kills against Wofford and Tulsa with 17 and 18, respectively

• Averaged 5.1 kills with a .409 hitting percentage for the weekend

• Named the Reamer Club Premier MVP as Purdue claimed the tournament’s inaugural title

• Earns her second career Player of the Week award

• Last Purdue Player of the Week: Sherridan Atkinson (Nov. 13, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week

Jenna Lerg, Michigan

L – Sr. – Farmington Hills, Mich. – Mercy

• Averaged 8.67 digs per set helping Michigan to back-to-back sweeps to start the season

• Named MVP of the War Eagle Invitational Tournament

• Named Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017

• Collects her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

• Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Claire Kieffer-Wright (Oct. 2, 2017)

Setter of the Week

MacKenzi Welsh, Michigan

S – Jr. – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Plainfield East

• Posted consecutive assist-dig double-doubles, averaging 14.6 assists and 4.4 digs per set while guiding Michigan to back-to-back sweeps to start the year

• Piloted a Wolverines’ offense that hit .258 for the weekend

• Named Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017

• Receives her first career Setter of the Week award

• Last Michigan Setter of the Week: Lexi Dannemiller (Nov. 10, 2014)

Freshman of the Week

Kiara McNulty, Northwestern

S – Fr. – Del Mar, Calif. – Torrey Pines

• Began her college career last weekend, helping the Wildcats to a 3-0 record by averaging 11.5 assists and 4.0 digs per set

• The only Big Ten setter to log three double-doubles in the season-opening weekend and to mark 40-plus assists in all three matches

• Picked up 49 assists in the season opener against South Dakota, the most helpers for a Wildcat in her debut since at least 1999

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Symone Abbott (Oct. 6, 2014)

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