Week 11 brought out the best in players across the country making this week’s Player of the Week decision very difficult, but sometimes the statistics tell the tale. That was the case with this week’s VolleyMob Player of the Week, Carlyle Nusbaum from Lipscomb.
The junior outside hitter averaged 7.43 kills and 4.14 digs per set as the team split matches against Jacksonville and North Florida. The Overland Park, Kansas, native torched Jacksonville and North Florida with double-doubles, tallying 52 kills and 29 digs while hitting .361 over the seven sets. In the 3-1 loss against the ASUN co-leader Jacksonville on Friday, Nusbaum put down 28 kills, while hitting .333 and adding 13 digs and three blocks. She followed it up with 24 kills and 16 digs, while hitting .400 in a sweep of UNF. With the two 20-kill efforts, the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year eclipsed 1,200 career kills en route to Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors.
Wilma Rivera, Louisville – Jr., S
Averaged 10.62 assists, 5.00 digs and 1.00 kills per set; helped Louisville to .320 hitting against Wake Forest and .259 vs. Duke; notched 33 assists, 13 digs, 2 kills, 1 block vs. Wake Forest; posted season-high 52 assists vs. Duke to go with 27 digs, 6 kills, 3 blocks. ACC Player of the Week
Cassie Knutson, Eastern Kentucky – Jr., S/RS
Averaged 6.86 assists, 4.00 digs, 3.29 kills and 0.71 blocks per set; contributed 14 kills, 29 assists, eight digs and a career-high five blocks vs. Jacksonville State on Friday; notched another double-double on Saturday with 19 assists and 13 digs against Tennessee Tech.
Lily Johnson, Missouri State – Sr., OH
Averaged 5.29 kills and 5.57 digs per set in two MSU wins; tallied 21 kills and 22 digs Monday against Valparaiso for her fourth 20/20 match of the year; also added two aces and two blocks against the Crusaders; piled up 16 kills and 17 digs in three sets, hitting .271 as the Bears swept Southern Illinois at home on Saturday. Missouri Valley Offensive Player of the Week
Carli Snyder, Florida – Sr., OH
Averaged 4.50 kills, 3.50 digs and 1.00 blocks per set vs. No. 6 Kentucky & Tennessee; Tallied 15 kills in 29 errorless swings for a .517 hitting percentage, while also registering eight digs in the road sweep of No. 6 Kentucky; recorded a double-double in a road sweep of Tennessee, finishing with a match-high 12 kills in the sweep of Tennessee, along with 13 digs; tied her career high for blocks (four) in the sweep of Tennessee; did not commit a receiving error in 36 receptions. SEC Player of the Week
Danielle Cuttino, Purdue – Sr., MB/OH
Averaged 5.2 kills per set, while hitting .494 and adding 1.1 blocks per set; paced Purdue with 20 kills on a .450 hitting effort and added three blocks as the Boilermakers’ outhit No. 7 Nebraska .328-to-.281 and outblocked the Huskers 11-6; torched Iowa for 27 kills on a .535 hitting effort and accounted for seven of the team’s 13 blocks.
Sien Gallop, SLU – So., OH
Averaged 5.75 kills, 2.50 digs, 0.88 service aces and 0.50 blocks per set and registered a .319 hitting percentage; turned in her seventh and eighth kill-dig double-doubles of the season to help lead the Billikens to A-10 victories over Fordham and Rhode Island; began the weekend with match highs of 21 kills and four service aces to go with 10 digs and two blocks over Fordham; followed with a career- and match-high 25 kills, 10 digs, three service aces and two blocks as the Billikens defeated Rhode Island; Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
Krissy Mummey, College of Charleston – Sr., MB
Averaged 4.00 kills per set, hit .478 and added 2.14 blocks per set as the Cougars extended their win streak to 12 matches; totaled 15 kills and seven blocks while hitting .407 at Towson; posted 13 kills, eight blocks and hit .579 at Delaware; Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota –Fr., Opp.
Averaged 5.2 kills per set, while hitting .418 hitting and adding 3.3 digs per set in sweeps of Maryland and Ohio State; posted 18 kills on a .471 hitting effort with nine digs and two blocks vs. Maryland; tallied 13 kills, hit .364, and notched 11 digs, an ace and a block vs. OSU; Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week
Jaali Winters, Creighton – Jr., OH
Averaged 4.17 kills and 3.33 digs per set, while hitting .375 as Creighton earned consecutive 3-0 wins over Marquette and DePaul; registered 13 kills and 11 digs on .367 hitting in a sweep of second-place Marquette on Saturday; added 12 kills,, while hitting .385, with nine digs, an ace and a block in a 3-0 blanking of DePaul.
Courtney Pence, Illinois State – Jr., L
Averaged 7.50 digs per set, while adding seven assists and five aces, including four in a win at Loyola Chicago Saturday night, which matched her career high; Record-breaking 10th all-time Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Rhamat Alhassan, Florida – Sr., MB
Averaged 2.33 kills and 2.17 blocks per set; broke Florida’s 14-year- old school record for career total blocks (602) with her eighth block of the weekend; tallied a match-high seven blocks and hit .500 with nine kills in a road sweep of Kentucky, while helping Florida limit Kentucky to its lowest hitting percentage of the season (.170); Hit .400 with six blocks in a road sweep of Tennessee. SEC Defensive Player of the Week