VolleyMob Player of the Week: Olga Strantzali, Miami (Fla.)

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 31st, 2017 | ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, Division I Mid-Major, News, WCC

Several upsets dotted the national landscape on Week 10 and there were just as many amazing individual efforts. This week’s VolleyMob Player of the Week nearly notched a pair of double-doubles in key sweeps in the Atlantic Coast Conference race.

Miami (Fla.) senior outside hitter Olga Strantzali averaged 5.83 kills per set, while hitting at a .500 clip and adding 3.33 digs per set in wins over league leader N.C. State and North Carolina en route to ACC Co-Player of the Week accolades. The Pylaia, Greece native notched 20 kills, 11 digs and two blocks in the win over the Wolfpack, while making just one hitting error in a .514 effort. The senior followed that with a 15 kill, nine dig and two block effort against the Tar Heels, while posting a .480 hitting performance.


Honorable Mention:

Yossiana Pressley, Baylor – Fr., OH

5.67 kills per set, hit .375 and added 2.5 digs and 1.16 blocks per set on the left side, playing in place of Katie Staiger; notched 20 kills while hitting .395 with six blocks and six digs vs. Oklahoma; added 14 kills, while hitting .346 with nine digs, a block and an ace vs. Texas Tech; Big 12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week

Kathryn Plummer, Stanford – So., OH

5.43 kills per set, hit .464 and added 2.29 digs per set vs. Arizona State, Arizona; put down 23 kills, while hittting .419, and adding seven digs and an ace vs. Arizona State; notched 15 kills, while hitting .538, with nine digs and an ace vs. Arizona; Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Haleigh Washington, Penn State – Sr., MB

3.4 kills and 2.1 blocks per set, while hitting .548 on the week; tallied 14 kills, eight blocks and four digs, while hitting .448 vs. Wisconsin; recorded 10 kills and seven blocks, while hitting .769 (10-0-13) vs. Illinois; put up 500th career block vs. Wisconsin; Big Ten Co-Player of the Week

Cara Guthrie, UNC Asheville – Jr., OH

Averaged 4.56 digs and 4.22 kills per set; also added five blocks and two service aces on the weekend … posted career-best 26 digs and 23 kills in a 3-1 win at Charleston Southern with 26 digs and 23 kills; notched 15 kills and 15 digs in the 3-2 win at Winthrop; Big South Player of the Week

Lizzie Stephens, Ohio  – So., OH

6.17 kills per set, while hitting .384, with 2.00 digs and 1.00 aces per set; tallied a match-high 18 kills while hitting .424 and adding five digs and a block vs. Akron; recorded a match-high 19 kills, while hitting .350 and adding seven digs and a career-high five aces vs. Buffalo; MAC East Division Player of the Week

Other Notables:

Anja Malesevic, Columbia – Sr.,  RS
Averaged 6.00 kills, 2.33 digs and 0.78 blocks per set;  notched back-to-back career-high 27-kill performances in wins over Harvard and Dartmouth; tallied 27 kills in just four sets against Dartmouth, including eight in the fourth set to help clinch the match … the 27 kills are the most by a Lion since Oct. 9, 2009; added 13 digs against Dartmouth to record her third double-double of the season; Ivy League Player of the Week

Marijeta Runjic, UTSA – Sr., OH

5.11 kills, 3.44 digs and 0.89 blocks per set, while hitting .268 in wins over UAB (3-2) and Louisiana Tech (3-1); notched 27 kills, 19 digs and four blocks vs. UAB; posted 19 kills, 12 digs, four blocks, while hitting .333 vs. Louisiana Tech; Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week

Kristen Gengenbacher, San Diego – Sr., S

13.8 assists per set, to go with 2.3 digs and 1.1 kills per set; team hit .299 in lone match of week, a 3-1 upset of BYU; handed out 55 assists to go with nine digs, five kills and three blocks; West Coast Conference Player of the Week

Cassie Knutson, Eastern Kentucky – Jr., S/RS

Averaged 5.12 assists, 2.62 kills and 2.50 digs per set; registered a pair of triple doubles – 10 kills, 19 assists, 10 digs vs. Belmont; 11 kills, 22 assists, 10 digs against Tennessee State


Hali Hillegas, Iowa State –RS So., L

6.29 digs per set; 24 digs vs. Kansas;  20 digs vs. K-State; Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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