Minnesota’s Samedy Picks Up B1G Player/Freshman Of The Week (Week 11)

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 07th, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, Division I Mid-Major, Missouri Valley Conference, Mountain West, News, Pac 12, SEC, WCC

Week 11 of the 2017 NCAA Women’s volleyball season has brought in some strong performances around the country in a number of the top conferences.

Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy of the Big Ten Conference out-did herself this week, claiming the Player and Freshman of the Week for the conference. For the week, Samedy posted 5.2 kills and 3.3 digs per set along with a .418 hitting percentage in the team’s sweeps over Maryland and Ohio State. Along with Samedy, Baylor’s Yossiana Pressley nabbed her second consecutive Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Week honors as well, after posting an average of 5.17 kills and 5.47 points per set in the team’s wins over TCU and Iowa State.

Out of the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State’s Lily Johnson continues to rip out huge numbers for her team each week, garnering her fifth MVC Player of the Week honor this season. Johnson recorded 5.29 kills, 5.57 digs and 5.71 points per set in the teams home wins over Valparaiso and Southern Illinois.

On the defensive side of things, Illinois’ Brandi Donnelly made a huge comeback to the court this week after missing nearly a month due to injury. In total, Donnelly picked up 41 digs on the weekend for an average of 5.12 digs per set. In 67 reception opportunities, Donnelly made just one error on the weekend. Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu also eclipsed a Defensive Player of the Week honor as she totaled 19 blocks on the week for an average of 2.11 blocks per set.

Check out the rest of the conference awards earned by the top 14 conferences in the NCAA Division I below.

Week 11
Conference Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week Setter of the Week Freshman of the Week Link To Release
Big Ten Stephanie Samedy (Minnesota) Brandi Donnelly (Illinois) & Kendall White (Penn State) Jordyn Poulter (Illinois) Stephanie Samedy (Minnesota) Link
ACC Wilma Rivera (Louisville) & Kaitlyn Kearney (NC State) N/A N/A Chinaza Ndee (Pitt) Link
SEC Carli Snyder (Florida) Rhamat Alhassan (Florida) Meghan Donovan (Georgia) T’ara Ceasar (Georgia) Link
Big 12 Yossiana Pressley (Baylor) Chiaka Ogbogu (Texas) N/A Yossiana Pressley (Baylor) Link
Pac 12 Merete Lutz (Stanford) Madeleine Gates (UCLA) N/A Brynna Deluzio (Colorado) Link
Big East Julia Cast (St. John’s) Brittany Witt (Creighton) N/A Kayley Wood (St. John’s) Link
WCC Jayden Kennedy (San Diego) N/A N/A N/A Link
MWC Katie Oleksak (Colorado State) Piper Heineck (Air Force) N/A N/A Link
MVC Lily Johnson (Missouri State) Courtney Pence (Illinois State) N/A Emily Plock (Drake) Link
AAC Abbie Lehman (Wichita State) Montana Watts (SMU) N/A N/A Link
CAA Sydney Busa (Elon) Krissy Mummey (Charleston) N/A Kodi Garcia (Phoenix) Link
C-USA Amanda Chamberlain (North Texas) Darby Music (WKU) Jessica Lucas (WKU) Valerie Valerian (North Texas) Link
A-10 Sien Gallop (Saint Louis) Rebekah Strange (VCU) N/A Ellie Crosley (Davidson) Link

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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