Three-Peat: Seaman Earns Third Straight MAC West Setter Nod

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

Courtesy: Mid-American Conference

MAC East Offensive Player of the Week

Andrea Mitrovic, Buffalo, Outside Hitter
Sophomore – Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorne Academy
Sophomore Andrea Mitrovic led the Bulls offensively in their two road victories this past weekend as UB won at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. On Friday, Mitrovic had 19 kills in the win over the Broncos, Buffalo’s first ever victory in Kalamazoo.  She followed that up on Saturday evening with another 20/20 match as she had 26 kills and 23 digs in the victory over Northern Illinois.  It was the third time this season that she has had at least 25 kills in a match. Mitrovic also had her best night of the year from the service line as she finished with five service aces. Overall, Mitrovic averaged just under 6.4 points per set this weekend.  She leads Buffalo in kills this year with 327.

MAC West Offensive Player of the Week

Rachel Bontrager, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Sophomore -Valparaiso, Indiana/Valparaiso
Bontrager guided the Broncos to a 1-1 record over the weekend with a tight four-set loss against Buffalo and a sweep of Akron. Bontrager led WMU with 38 kills, averaging a team-high 5.43 per set and ranked second on the team with a .370 attack percentage. The sophomore outside hitter also was tied for the team lead over the weekend with two service aces. On Friday against Buffalo, Bontrager collected her ninth double-double of the season with 23 kills to go along with 13 digs. In the sweep over Akron, Bontrager registered a team-high 15 kills and hit a team-high .423. Bontrager currently ranks 21stin the NCAA in total kills, 13thin total attacks and 13thin points. She also ranks 28thin the NCAA in attacks per set.

MAC East Defensive Player of the Week

Katie Kidwell, Bowling Green, Middle Blocker
Sophomore – Wateska, Illinois/Wateska Community
Katie Kidwell could be seen doing it all in this past weekend’s pair of road matches in Michigan. Offensively, the middle blocker totaled 21 kills throughout both matches for a weekend average of .321 in hitting efficiency. Defensively, the sophomore set a new career high in total blocks, after posting 10 block assists versus CMU. Over the weekend, Kidwell registered 14 total blocks and nine digs.

MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

Alyssa LaFace, Eastern Michigan, Libero
Senior – Allen Park, Michigan/Allen Park
Senior Alyssa LaFace once again proved stout on the defensive side of the ball for Eastern Michigan, amassing 60 digs in two matches against MAC East leaders Miami and Bowling Green, averaging 6.67 digs per set. LaFace’s 33 digs against BGSU marked the fifth time this season the senior has had 30+ digs in a match, while her digs per set mark was the highest over the weekend for the MAC West. The Allen Park, Mich. native also added a pair of aces and five assists in the two matches.

MAC East Setter of the Week

Scout McLerran, Buffalo, Setter
Junior – Friendsville, Tennessee/Webb School
Junior setter Scout McLerran averaged 10.22 assists per set as she helped guide the Bulls to a pair road victories at Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. On Friday evening, McLerran had 42 assists in the win over the Broncos, while adding six digs and three blocks.  On Saturday evening, McLerran had 50 assists in the five-set victory over NIU.  She also had her best day from the service line with four aces to go along with 11 digs and two blocks.

MAC West Setter of the Week

Amber Seaman, Ball State, Setter
Junior – Carmel, Indiana/Brebeuf
Junior setter Amber Seaman had another outstanding week running the Ball State offense, averaging 12.29 assists per set and running the offense to a combined .267 (100-30-262) attack percentage in wins over Ohio (Oct. 12) and Kent State (Oct. 13). On top of her strong setting performance, the Carmel, Indiana, native served up nine total aces on the week, while averaging 1.29 blocks per set and 2.00 digs per set. Seaman opened the week by guiding the Cardinals to their first home win over Ohio since the 2010 season by dishing out 46 assists and serving up a career-high six aces in the four-set victory. She also tallied five block assists in the match, while earning eight digs and a kill. She followed by leading the Ball State offense to a .360 (49-9-111) attack percentage in a sweep of Kent State, handing out 40 assists in the match while guiding a trio of Cardinals to double-digit kills. She also served up three more aces in the victory, while collecting four more blocks (two solo and two assists) and six more digs.

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