Courtesy: Big East Conference
NEW YORK – Creighton’s Jaali Winters is the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Georgetown’s Symone Speech takes home the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Both Winters and Speech receive their second accolade this season, while Seton Hall’s Eden Dolezal captures the first award of the year for the Pirates, securing the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor. No. 10 Creighton stayed unbeaten in league play over the weekend, improving to 6-0, while No. 19 Marquette moves to 5-1 with two wins. Georgetown is now in sole possession of third place in the conference at 5-2 after winning both matches over the weekend.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jaali Winters, Creighton, Sr., OH (Ankeny, Iowa)
Winters became Creighton’s all-time leader in kills this past weekend while helping the Bluejays stay unbeaten in BIG EAST play. The senior averaged 4.50 kills in sweeps over visiting Seton Hall and St. John’s. She also averaged 2.33 digs per set with a hitting percentage of .353, including a season-best .441 hitting versus the Red Storm. Winters broke Leah Ratzlaff’s record with 1,623 kills that had stood since 2005.
Congratulations to Jaali Winters on earning this week's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award!
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— Creighton Volleyball (@CreightonVB) October 9, 2018
Defensive Player of the Week
Symone Speech, Georgetown, Sr., MB (Oak Park, Ill.)
Speech led the Hoyas to an undefeated weekend with road sweeps over Butler and Xavier. She tallied a team-high 1.83 blocks per set, which was second-best in the league over the past week. The middle blocker also averaged 1.50 digs per set, including seven against Xavier. She added a match-high 12 kills versus the Musketeers, along with six blocks. Speech recorded five blocks and seven kills against Butler. She aided in holding Georgetown’s opponents to a league-best .136 hitting.
Symone Speech Named @BIGEAST Defensive Player of the Week #HoyaSaxa #BIGEASTvb https://t.co/bLx3sSMA8O
— Georgetown VB (@HoyaVolleyball) October 9, 2018
Freshman of the Week
Eden Dolezal, Seton Hall, Fr., L (LaPorte, Ind.)
Dolezal helped the Pirates capture their first conference win this season over the weekend, defeating Providence in five sets. The rookie averaged 5.50 digs per set, which was best among freshmen in the league over the past week. She collected a match-high 18 digs in a road loss at No. 10 Creighton, then followed that with a career-high 26 digs against the Friars, which was also a match high.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Madelyn Cole, Creighton, Jr., S (Dallas, Texas)
Cole recorded a double-double in each of Creighton’s wins over the weekend. Against Seton Hall she had 43 assists to go along with 10 digs. She then posted 41 assists versus St. John’s while adding 15 digs and six blocks, which were both season bests.
Alyssa Sinnette, Georgetown, Sr., OH (Pearland, Texas)
Sinnette led the Hoyas with 3.83 kills per set to help secure two victories over the weekend. She also collected a match-high 15 kills, six digs and three aces against Butler. She added another eight kills and a block versus Xavier.
Jenna Rosenthal, Marquette, R-Sr., MH (Fond du Lac, Wis.)
Rosenthal led the league in hitting percentage over the past week at .568. She also averaged 3.83 kills per set with 12 coming against Xavier and a match-high 11 versus DePaul. The redshirt senior recorded three digs and five blocks.
Amanda Sanabia, St. John’s, Jr., L/DS (Annapolis, Md.)
Sanabia averaged 5.14 digs per set as the Red Storm went 1-1 over the weekend. She gathered 21 in a win at Providence and 15 in a loss to No. 10 Creighton on the road. The junior moved into eighth all-time on the school’s digs list in the match against the Bluejays.
Meredith Klare, Xavier, R-Sr., L (Union, Ky.)
Klare led the league in digs per set with an average of 5.91 as the Musketeers went 1-2. Her match-high 40 digs in a win against Villanova is the best among league matches this season, and it is the third-most in a single match in school history. She now moves into second all-time on the career digs list at Xavier.