Szczepanski, DeMaar Tabbed as SoCon’s Best of Week 8

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

Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Chattanooga’s Dani Szczepanski and Furman’s Meg DeMaar have been named the Southern Conference offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, for matches played Oct. 8-14, the conference office announced Monday.

Szczepanski, a middle blocker, recorded 26 kills, nine digs and six blocks on the week as the Mocs split a pair of conference matches, coming from behind to upset Samford, which sits second in the league standings, and falling in four sets at Western Carolina. In the five-set win over the Bulldogs in midweek action, the junior hit .385 with 12 kills, four digs, three blocks and a service ace. Nine of her 12 kills came in the fourth and fifth sets as she caught fire to lead Chattanooga to the win. In the Saturday match at Western Carolina, the Cincinnati, Ohio, native hit .344 and led the Mocs with 14 kills. She added five digs, three blocks and two assists. Szczepanski leads all SoCon players in hitting percentage both overall (.376) and in conference matches (.376).

DeMaar, a libero, averaged 6.5 digs per set and led all players in digs in both of Furman’s conference sweeps on the week. In the Paladins’ win at Wofford, the redshirt senior tallied 16 digs and added two assists and two service aces. Two days later, she bested that performance, turning in 23 digs in the 3-0 win over UNCG. She also contributed six assists and three service aces. The Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native is third in the league in digs per set on the season (.4.81) and second in conference play (5.07) and is fourth overall in aces (0.40). DeMaar is Furman’s career digs leader and the Southern Conference’s active career leader, totaling 1,880 in her time as a Paladin.

The nod is the second of the season for Szczepanski and the third for the Mocs. It’s the first of the season for DeMaar and the first for Furman, but the fifth player of the week honor in DeMaar’s impressive career.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week: Sharlissa De Jesus (The Citadel), Mariah McPartland (ETSU), Neci Harris (Furman), Roberta Todd (Mercer), Allison Penner (UNCG), Lauren Deaton (Samford), Abigail Veit (Western Carolina) and Catie Cronister (Wofford).

Also nominated for defensive player of the week: Megan Fuhr (The Citadel), Marija Popovic (ETSU), Paige Alsten (Mercer), Allison Penner (UNCG), Lauren Deaton (Samford), Emily Plumlee (Chattanooga), Meagan Sanchez (Western Carolina) and Taylor Gill (Wofford).

2018 SoCon Volleyball Offensive Players of the Week

Aug. 27 Leah Clayton, Jr., OH, ETSU

Sept. 3 Dani Szczepanski, Jr., MB, Chattanooga

Sept. 10 Alyssa Kvarta, Sr., S, ETSU

Sept. 17 Leah Clayton, Jr., OH, ETSU

Sept. 24 Krista Boesing, Sr., OH, Samford

Oct. 1 Krista Boesing, Sr., OH, Samford

Oct. 8 Jaquelyn Langhaim, Fr., S, Chattanooga

Oct. 15 Dani Szczepanski, Jr., MB, Chattanooga

2018 SoCon Volleyball Defensive Players of the Week

Aug. 27 Taylor Gill, Sr., LIB, Wofford

Sept. 3 Marija Popovic, So., LIB, ETSU

Sept. 10 Grace Tiesman, Jr., LIB, Samford

Sept. 17 Braedyn Tutton, Sr., MB, ETSU

Sept. 24 Sarah Dobrich, Jr., MH, The Citadel

Oct. 1 Marija Popovic, So., LIB, ETSU

Oct. 8 Abigail Veit, Jr., OH, Western Carolina

Oct. 15 Meg DeMaar, R-Sr., LIB, Furman

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