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2009 NCAC Players of the Week

November 1

Caitlin Solan, Allegheny
(Acme, PA/Geibel)

Matches played/Sets played: 3/10
Kills: 29
Digs: 42
Blocks: 7

Allegheny senior outside hitter Caitlin Solan had 2.90 kills and 4.20 digs per game in a 1-2 week for the Gators. She recorded 29 kills and 42 digs to go along with seven blocks. Solan posted 11 kills in a 3-0 loss to Penn St.-Behrend and a 3-0 win over Denison, while recording double-digit digs in all three matches on the week. Allegheny also fell to Case, 3-1.

October 25

Randa Jackson, Hiram
(South Euclid, OH/Brush)

Matches played/Sets played: 3/10
Kills: 22
Attack percentage: .333
Digs: 1
Blocks: 11

Hiram senior middle hitter Randa Jackson helped the Terriers to three wins last week, including a pair of NCAC victories which clinched the Terriers a spot in the upcoming NCAC tournament. Jackson compiled 22 kills and 11 blocks as Hiram topped Denison, 3-0, and Ohio Wesleyan, 3-1. She posted a team-high 11 kills in the win over Ohio Wesleyan - the Terriers fifth straight victory. Hiram also defeated Case, 3-0.

October 18

Sarah Marshall, Ohio Wesleyan
(Lima, OH/Senior)

Matches played/Sets played: 5/18
Kills: 13
Digs: 67 (3.72/set)
Assists: 151 (8.39/set)

Ohio Wesleyan junior setter Sarah Marshall helped the Battling Bishops to their first two wins of the 2009 campaign. She dished 44 assists as the Bishops rallied from a 2-sets-to-1 deficit for a 3-2 win over Denison at the NCAC Weekend, hosted by Earlham. She also added 15 digs and a block assist. The Bishops also took a match from Kenyon, in straight sets. Marshall distributed 33 assists and chipped in 11 digs. At the NCAC weekend, she compiled 128 assists (8.53/set), 10 kills and 50 digs (3.33/set). Overall, she had 151 assists (8.39/set) for the week, with 13 kills and 67 digs (3.72/set).

October 11

Lauren Strowder, Denison
(Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.)

Matches played/Games played: 3/11
Kills: 41
Digs per game: 0.45
Total attacks: 84
Attack percentage: .274

Denison sophomore Lauren Strowder helped Denison to two conference victories. In the 2-1 week, she posted 16 kills in a 3-1 win over Ohio Wesleyan, 10 kills in a straight-set win over Kenyon and 15 kills in a four-set loss to Oberlin. Strowder leads Denison with a .306 attack percentage.

October 6

Sophia Khan, Kenyon
(Los Angeles, CA/The Brentwood School)

Kills: 21
Digs: 31
Assists: 47

Freshman Sophia Khan accomplished the rare feat of leading her team in kills (11) and assists (16) in a 3-1 win over Earlham. The conference victory was the Ladies’ first this season, and first since Oct. 27, 2006 when they knocked off Oberlin, 3-0.

September 28

Shaina Bryan, Hiram
(South Euclid, OH/Brush)

Kills: 57
Digs: 67
Blocks: 6

Hiram sophomore outside hitter Shaina Bryan led the Terriers to a 4-1 week, including a 4-0 start in NCAC play. She smashed 57 kills in 182 attempts, recorded four service aces, six blocks and 67 digs.

September 20

Amanda Wysk, Oberlin
(Big Bend, WI/Mukwonago)

Kills: 27
Digs: 19
Blocks: 2 solo, 2 assists, 4 total

Junior outside hitter Amanda Wysk led Oberlin to a 2-0 week. The Yeowomen, who didn’t drop a set, upended Ursuline (25-20, 25-18) and Wilmington (25-22, 25-14, 25-11). Oberlin extended its win streak to three and lifted head coach Carey Cavanaugh into third place on the team’s all-time wins list. Wysk smashed 27 kills, five service aces, four blocks and 19 digs to pace the Yeowomen.

September 13

Mary Myers, Kenyon
(Lebanon, OH/Ursuline Academy)

Kills: 61
Digs: 34
Blocks: 5

Sophomore Mary Myers led the way to a 3-0 victory over the University of the South with 16 kills, 13 digs, and an ace. The victory, Kenyon’s opening match in its own Invitational, snapped a 36-match losing streak for the Ladies. Myers followed with 18 kills and 12 digs in a 3-1 loss to Ursuline, and then 27 kills against Bluffton and John Carroll. She racked up a total of 61 kills throughout the five-team, two-day event.

September 6

KateLynn Riley, Wooster
(Westlake, OH/Westlake)

Kills: 55
Digs: 22
Blocks: 19

Senior hitter KateLynn Riley led the Fighting Scots, as the returning All-American combined for 55 kills, 22 digs, and 19 blocks. She had double-digit kill totals in three of the four matches at the Bishop Invitational, including 15 on just 27 attempts in a 3-0 win over Grove City, and seven of her blocks came in a four-set loss to Otterbein. After also defeating the host Battling Bishops and Transylvania in straight games, Wooster totaled a 3-1 record and a second-place finish at the event.