Courtesy: Big Sky Conference
OGDEN, Utah – Montana State swept the Player of the Week honors as Evi Wilson and Allyssa Rizzo were recognized by the conference office. Wilson was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Rizzo earned defensive accolades.
Wilson, a junior outside hitter from Vancouver, Wash., paced MSU offensively as the Bobcats won the Seattle U Classic over the weekend with a perfect 2-0 mark. Behind Wilson’s efforts, Montana State became the first Big Sky team to knock off the Redhawks this season, as Weber State, Sacramento State and Idaho State all fell to Seattle U. On the weekend, she averaged 3.50 kills with a .333 attack mark. In addition, she averaged 1.00 digs per set and had four blocks. For her efforts, she was named to the all-tournament team. In MSU’s opener against Tennessee Tech, Wilson notched 17 kills with a .410 attack mark. Against Seattle U, she added 11 kills and five digs. On the season, Wilson has been averaging 3.08 kills per set, while hitting .229 from the field.
Rizzo, a junior libero from Crestwood, Ill., continued to be one of the top liberos in the Big Sky Conference with an all-tournament team performance at the Seattle U Invitational. The junior posted 44 digs on the weekend, averaging 5.50 saves per game. In MSU’s win over Seattle U, she logged 24 saves, averaging a whopping 6.00 digs per set. Rizzo also notched 20 digs in MSU’s win over Tennessee Tech. She has been over 20 digs in eight of MSU’s 11 matches on the season. Over the weekend, she also added seven assists and six service aces. On the season, Rizzo is averaging 5.32 digs per contest. Rizzo now has 1,078 digs on her career, which ranks seventh all-time at Montana State and leads the Big Sky with 5.32 digs per set.
First they earned all-tournament team honors, now they're #BigSkyVB Players of the Week.
Congratulations to Allyssa and Evi!#BuildTheLegacy #GoCatsGo pic.twitter.com/RBnLlp1oBk
— Montana State VB (@MSUBobcatsVB) September 17, 2018
Other Offensive Nominees: Alexandra Espinosa – Eastern Washington; Reece Carmen – Idaho; Abby Garrity – Idaho State; Alexis Urbach – Montana; Ryann Davis – Northern Arizona; Jenna Mullen – Portland State; Mikaela Nocetti; Megan Gneiting – Weber State
Other Defensive Nominees: Kamille Langford – Eastern Washington; Reece Carmen – Idaho; Brooke Pehrson – Idaho State; Olivia Bradley – Montana; Jordan Anderson – Northern Arizona; Peyton McBride – Portland State; Hannah Hill-DeYoung – Weber State
2018 Offensive Players of the Week:
Aug. 27 – Kaela Straw, Idaho
Sept. 3 – DeVonne Ryter, Idaho
Sept. 10 – Abby Akin, Northern Arizona
Sept. 17 – Evi Wilson, Montana State
2018 Defensive Players of the Week:
Aug. 27 – Heaven Harris, Northern Arizona
Sept. 3 – Brooke Pehrson – Idaho State
Sept. 10 – Paige Swinney – Sacramento State
Sept. 17 – Allyssa Rizzo – Montana State