Nocetti, Els Earn Big Sky Player of the Week Honors

  0 volleymob | October 15th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News

Courtesy: Big Sky Conference

OGDEN, Utah – Sacramento State’s Mikaela Nocetti and Northern Colorado’s Taylor Els were recognized as the #BigSkyVB Players of the Week. Nocetti was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Els earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Nocetti, a senior outside hitter from Carmichael, Calif., had a monster week in leading the Hornets to a pair of three-set home sweeps of Idaho State and Weber State. Making the victories even sweeter is they came against the two teams that began the week in first place in the Big Sky standings. Despite both matches lasting just three sets, Nocetti had at least 18 kills in each match while averaging a massive 6.50 kills per set. She also averaged 3.17 digs and 6.75 points per set while hitting .290. That included 39 kills with just 10 errors in 100 swings.

A first team all-Big Sky selection a year ago, Nocetti now leads the conference with 4.01 kills per set. She also averages 2.45 digs and 0.34 aces per set. The aces are the sixth best mark in the league. She has recorded double figures in kills in 10 straight matches and 19 times overall this season to go along with 10 double-doubles.

Els, a junior libero from Lincoln, Neb., continues to be the key to UNC’s defense on the back row, finishing the weekend with 6.44 digs per set in nine total sets played. Els set a career-high with 36 digs against NAU and added two service aces with no errors. Against SUU, Els recorded 22 digs. Els also had five assists in the two matches combined. Els was key in holding both SUU and NAU to low percentages. SUU ended with a .197 attack percentage, while NAU had a .195 average.

Other Offensive Nominees: MaKenna Davis – Eastern Washington; Reece Carmen – Idaho; Abby Garrity – Idaho State; Olivia Bradley – Montana; Kelsie White – Montana State; Daisy Schultz – Northern Colorado; Peyton McBride – Portland State; Janet Kalaniuvalu – Southern Utah

Other Defensive Nominees: Kamille Langford – Eastern Washington; Haylie Keck – Idaho State; Allyssa Rizzo – Montana State; Kaylie Jorgenson – Northern Arizona; Maddy Reeb – Portland State; Paige Swinney – Sacramento State; Miahna Waters – Southern Utah; 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
Sept. 24 – Mykaela Hammer, Montana
Oct. 1 – Ashtin Olin, Sacramento State
Oct. 8 – Kaylie Jorgenson, Northern Arizona
Oct. 15 – Mikaela Nocetti, Sacramento 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
Sept. 24 – Kaylie Jorgenson, Northern Arizona/Allyssa Rizzo, Montana State
Oct. 1 – Taylor Els, Northern Colorado/Haylie Keck, Idaho State
Oct. 8 – Haylie Keck, Idaho State
Oct. 15 – Taylor Els, Northern Colorado

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