Press Release courtesy of the Missouri Valley Conference.
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are Drake’s Kyla Inderski, Missouri State’s Lily Johnson, and Illinois State’s Stef Jankiewicz.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kyla Inderski, Sr., OH, Drake
Drake senior Kyle Inderski led the Bulldogs to three wins during the week by averaging a double-double with 4.27 kills and 4.0 digs per set. The senior has recorded seven-straight double-doubles. In this week’s MVC games, she had 32 kills for a 4.0 kills per set average and 33 digs for a 4.12 digs per set average and started the week with 15 kills on 26 attempts (.538) in three sets at Chicago State. Inderski tallied 15 kills and 17 digs in the five set win over Illinois State, with three of those kills coming on her seven attempts in the fifth set, and had 17 kills on 41 attempts (.293) in just three sets against Bradley. The senior is the only player ranked in the top five in the MVC in kills and digs in MVC games.
Other Notable Performances: Jaelyn Keene (ILS); Rachel Griffin (INS); Gabi Maciagowski (LUC); Piper Thomas (UNI); Abby Barrow (SIU); Taylor Graboski (VALPO)
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lily Johnson, Sr., OH, Missouri State
Missouri State senior Lily Johnson filled up the stat sheet with averages of 3.22 kills on .299 hitting, 4.44 digs, 0.89 blocks and 4.39 points per set in three Missouri State sweeps. She was also perfect in fielding 45 opposing serves. Johnson finished her week with 12 kills on .407 hitting Saturday against Evansville, adding 13 digs, three aces and three blocks. The senior committed only one error and hit .294 with 11 kills, 20 digs and two blocks in Friday’s sweep of Indiana State, notching her 2,000th career kill during the second set. Johnson began the week with six kills, seven digs and three blocks in MSU’s Monday sweep of Loyola.
Other Notable Performances: Yavianliz Rosado (BRAD); Kylee Macke (DU); Courtney Pence (ILS); Alex Nunez (LUC); Kendyl Sorge (UNI): Ashley Edelen (SIU)
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Stef Jankiewicz, Fr., S, Illinois State
Illinois State’s Stef Jankiewicz continued to direct Illinois State’s offense over the weekend as she averaged 11.00 assists per set over a three-match stretch. Jankiewicz dished out a match-high 55 assists in the Redbirds’ five-set match against Drake on Friday, marking the fifth time this season she’s topped 50 assists in a match. Jankiewicz also averaged 2.33 digs per set over the past week, while chipping in eight kills and three aces. She currently ranks third in The Valley in assists per set (10.46).
Other Notable Performances: Kylee Macke (DU); Laura Gross (INS); Elle Van Grinsven (LUC); Jaydlin Seehase (UNI); Maggie Nedoma (SIU); Brittany Anderson (VALPO)
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