Courtesy: Ohio Valley Conference
Offensive Player of the Week
Rachel McDonald, OH, So., 6-0, Cold Spring, Ky. – SIUE
McDonald became the first SIUE player since 2011 to record 20-plus kills and 20-plus digs in a match as she recorded 24 kills and 21 digs in the win over UT Martin. Against Southeast Missouri, she had 19 kills and 16 digs. She also had a season-best six service aces versus the Redhawks. She recorded a .320 hitting percentage for the week.
Each averaged double-doubles for the week, and the OVC took note. Congrats to Ellen LeMasters and Rachel McDonald! #BeResilient #BeACougar #SIUEVB #SIUENation pic.twitter.com/7rNzAakWFj
— SIUE Volleyball (@SIUEVolleyball) October 1, 2018
Others Nominated: Brooke Moore, Austin Peay; Alexa Nichols, Belmont; Abby Knight, Eastern Illinois; Cassie Knutson, Eastern Kentucky; Olivia Lohmeier, Morehead State; Dacia Brown, Murray State; Laney Mallow, Southeast Missouri; Julia Pierson, Tennessee State; Ali Verzani, Tennessee Tech
Defensive Player of the Week
Brooke Gyori, L/DS, 5-4, Sr., Oregon, Ohio – UT Martin
Gyori helped the Skyhawks earn a split on the weekend as she recorded 59 digs over eight sets. She recorded a career-high 32 digs in four sets at SIUE. She followed that up with 27 in the win over Eastern Illinois
OVC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week – @utmvball Brooke Gyori – 59 digs, 7.38 dps as UT Martin went 1-1. pic.twitter.com/0PlbA3oHDn
— OhioValleyConference (@OVCSports) October 1, 2018
Others Nominated: Ginny Gerig, Austin Peay; Tori Simmons, Belmont; Maggie Runge, Eastern Illinois; Chloe Rojas, Eastern Kentucky; Jessie Wachtman, Morehead State; Becca Fernandez, Murray State; Ally Dion, Southeast Missouri; Gina Rivera Ortiz, Tennessee State; Kirsten Brugere, Tennessee Tech
Setter of the Week
Kristen Stucker, S, Sr., 5-10, Johnston, Iowa – Austin Peay
Stucker opened the wee with 49 assists, 10 digs, four kills, three service aces and six blocks in the win over Murray State. She followed that with 37 assists, 11 digs, four kills, two service aces and two blocks as APSU defeated Morehead State. Stucker helped the Governors record a .268 hitting percentage over the two matches.
This never gets old. @KStuck29 wins the OVC Setter of the Week Award – for the 18th time in her career.
She averaged 12.29 assists per set and paced the Govs to a .268 team attack percentage and another 2-0 week in OVC play.
Story > https://t.co/jfamLPgdDH#LetsGoPeay pic.twitter.com/2IXhzLwY1Y
— Austin Peay VB (@AustinPeayVB) October 1, 2018
Others Nominated: Akia Warrior, Belmont; Bailey Chandler, Eastern Illinois; Lexie Libs, Jacksonville State; Chandler Clark, Morehead State; Callie Anderton, Murray State; Claire Ochs, Southeast Missouri; Mallory Nicholson, SIUE; Laken Te’o, Tennessee State; Susie Jeziorowski, Tennessee Tech; Kenzie Hinshaw, UT Martin
Newcomer of the Week
Ellen LeMasters, OH, Fr., 5-11, Greenwood, Ind. – SIUE
LeMasters recorded 25 kills, 29 digs and a .420 hitting percentage as the Cougars went 2-0 last week. She had double-doubles in each match. LeMasters had 10 kills and 16 digs versus UT Martin and followed that up with a season-high 15 kills and 13 digs against Southeast Missouri. She has now reached double-digit kills in four of her last five matches.
Others Nominated: Peyton Kelley, Belmont; Lena Kindermann, Jacksonville State; Allison Whitten, Morehead State; Laney Malloy, Southeast Missouri; Khalia Jordan, Tennessee State; Taylor Dorsey, Tennessee Tech