Courtesy: Missouri Valley Conference
This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are UNI’s Piper Thomas, Bradley’s Yavianliz Rosado, and Missouri State’s Chloe Rear.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Piper Thomas, Sr., MH, UNI
The Panthers went 3-0 and Piper Thomas led the way for the Panthers in all three matches. She notched a .456 attack percentage for the week with 50 kills and just nine errors, averaging 5.0 kills per set. Against Indiana State, she had 13 kills with just three errors for a.400 attack percentage. Against Loyola, she notched 18 kills and a .483 attack percentage and against Valparaiso, she had a season-high 19 kills and just two errors for a .472 attack percentage. She also tallied a season-high six block assists in the Valpo match. In conference-only stats, she is tied for first in attach percentage at .478, first in kills at 5.08 per set, and tops the league in points at 5.46 per set.
Leading #UNIFight to a 3-0 record while hitting .456 with 5.0 kills per set last week, Piper Thomas is the #MVCVB Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/xQiO8aHxcR
— UNIVolleyball (@UNIVolleyball) October 1, 2018
Other Notable Performances: Hannah Thompson (BRAD); Grace Schofield (DU); Stef Jankiewicz (ILS); Quinn Spieker (LUC); Amelia Flynn (MSU); Maggie Nedoma (SIU); Lizzie Zaleski (VALPO)
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yavianliz Rosado, Sr., L, Bradley
Rosado averaged 7.43 digs per set in a pair of home victories as Bradley limited Indiana State and Evansville to a combined .163 hitting percentage to improve to 4-0 in MVC play and 14-2 overall. She posted a career-best 35 digs in a four-set victory over Indiana State Friday and also had a pair of assists against the Sycamores. The 35 digs tied for the fourth-best single match total in Bradley history and were the most by a Brave since Lauren Zerante had 36 digs in a five-set match at Northern Iowa on Nov. 22, 2013. She capped the weekend with 17 digs and three assists in a sweep of Evansville Saturday, helping BU limit the Aces to a .143 hitting percentage. In addition to helping the Braves to just the third 4-0 start to MVC play in school history, Rosado has helped Bradley to its longest win streak (8) since 2005 and the team’s 14 wins are the most since that same 2005 campaign (16).
With 7.43 digs per set last week to lead @BRADLEYvolley to another pair of wins, Yavianliz Rosado is the #MVCVB Defensive Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/Oyr1Zdinyt
— Missouri Valley Conference (@MVCsports) October 1, 2018
Other Notable Performances: Kylee Macke (DU); Courtney Pence (ILS); Heather Kocken (LUC); Aubrey Cheffey (MSU); Kendyl Sorge (UNI); Emma Baalman (SIU); Rylee Cookerly (VALPO)
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Chloe Rear, Fr., S, Missouri State
Missouri State freshman Chloe Rear handed out assists at an elite level last week, averaging 13.83 per set while guiding the Bears to a .231 hitting percentage. Rear’s assist average was a full assist per set ahead of this year’s NCAA leader, and her 51 assists on Friday against Southern Illinois represented the most for a Bear in a three-set match in the 25-point scoring era (since 2008). Rear added 10 digs against SIU for the double-double, and MSU hit .355 in the match. Monday at Loyola, the rookie had 32 assists, five digs and a block.
Other Notable Performances: Hannah Thompson (BRAD); Caitlyn Smith (DU); Carley Nicholson (ILS); Lauren Caprini (LUC); Inga Rotto (UNI)
For the 3rd time in 4 weeks, the #MSUBears take home #MVCVB Freshman of the Week honors.
This week, Chloe Rear wins for the 2nd time this year.
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— Missouri State VB (@MissouriStateVB) October 1, 2018