This week, Creighton’s Jaali Winters has been named the Big East Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Bluejays to an unbeaten weekend. Also being awarded are Creighton’s Brittany Witt and Villanova’s Mallory Potts.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jaali Winters – Creighton – senior
Winters led the league in points per set with 5.56 and 5.25 kills per set this week. Against Butler, Winters produced a career-best 28 kills, additionally, she picked up 19 digs for a double-double. In the team’s win against Xavier, Winter put down another 14 kills on a .433 hitting clip with seven digs.
Defensive Player of the Week
Brittany Witt – Creighton – sophomore
Over the team’s two matches of the week, Witt averaged 6.12 digs per set to lead the conference. Against Butler, Witt picked up 30 digs with seven digs alone in the fourth set before picking up nine in the fifth set. Against Xavier, Witt picked up 19 digs.
Freshman of the Week
Mallory Potts – Villanova – freshman
On the week, Potts averaged 3.93 points per set and 3.79 kills per set. Potts helped Villanova to a 2-1 weekend along with 21 kills against Marquette, handing them their first loss of the season. In the team’s loss to Seton Hall, Potts put down 19 kills and 13 in the team’s win over DePaul.
Anna Logan, Butler, Jr., OH (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Indianapolis local Anna Logan averaged 4.38 points, 3.62 kills, 3.0 digs and 1.00 blocks per set in a 1-1 week for Butler which included a five-set loss to Creighton a straight-set sweep over Providence. Logan posted a double-double with 13 kills, 18 digs and six blocks in the loss to the Bluejays her 16 kills against PC were match high in league play last week in three set matches.
Allie Barber, Marquette, So., OH (Cedarburg, Wis.)
Barber was second behind Winters in points (5.19) and kills (5.00) per set last week for the 1-1 Golden Eagles. Her .385 attack percentage ranked 10th among conference players last week. She had 25 kills in the five-set loss to Villanova, the Golden Eagles first loss of the year.
Dominique Mason, Seton Hall, Sr., OH (Chicago, Ill.)
Mason had two double-doubles last week for the 2-0 Pirates who moved up to third in the league standings at the midpoint. She averaged 4.57 digs, 3.57 points, 3.14 kills and 0.43 blocks per set. Her 21 digs against Villanova were a league match high for four sets last week. In addition to 21 digs, she added 12 kills. Against St. John’s. Mason had 10 kills, 11 digs.
Abby Thelen, Seton Hall, Jr., OH (Mitchell, Ky.)
Thelen was a force at the net in the Pirates 2-0 week as she had 16 kills on just two attack errors and a .359 hitting percentage against Villanova with three blocks. On Saturday, she recorded a match-high 15 kills with just three errors for a team-best .444 percentage. She ranked third on the BIG EAST leaderboard in points (4.79) and kills (4.43) per set last week.
Allison Fitzgerald, Villanova, Sr., DS/L (St. Louis, Mo.)
Fitzgerald averaged 5.00 digs per set, the second-best average in the league last week while helping Villanova to a 2-1 record. Fitzgerald’s back-to-back 30-dig performances against Marquette and DePaul were match highs in digs for the week among BIG EAST competitors, tying this week’s Defensive Player of the Week, Brittany Witt (Creighton).