2017 NCAC Volleyball Players of the Week

 
October 30th
 

Morgan Stearley, DePauw
(Center Point, IN/Northview)

Kills: 43
Hitting %: .343
Digs: 36
Blocks: 9
Sets Played: 14

DePauw sophomore right-side hitter Morgan Stearley opened last week nine kills and 10 digs in a crucial 3-0 win over OWU that secure the Tigers the two seed in the NCAC Tournament. She then combined for 35 kills and 26 digs over the weekend at the Washington (MO) Baden Invitational, highlighted by posting a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs in the 3-2 win over No. 12 WashU on Friday night. In the four matches combined, she totaled 43 kills and committed just nine errors in 99 total attempts for a .343 hitting percentage.

October 23rd
 

Delaney Swanson, Kenyon
(Sonoma, VA/Sonoma Valley) 

Kills: 34
Hitting %: .321 
Digs: 29
Blocks: 5
Sets Played: 7

Kenyon junior outside hitter Delaney Swanson is heating up at the right time for the Ladies as she posted a pair of double-double performances in league wins last week over Wooster, 3-0, and Hiram, 3-1. Swanson opened the week with 15 kills and 17 digs against Wooster, before adding 12 digs and matching her season-high with 19 kills against the Terriers. Swanson, who also added five blocks on the week, tallied 34 kills and committed just seven errors in 84 swings for a .321 hitting percentage in seven total sets last week.

October 16th
 

Lindsey Walker, Hiram
(Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary)

Kills: 16
Hitting %: .394 
Digs: 44
Set Assists: 41
Service Aces: 3
Sets Played: 9

Hiram freshman setter Lindsey Walker averaged a double-double in a pair of league wins last week against Oberlin, 3-2, and Wooster, 3-1. After tallying 21 assists, 13 digs and seven kills against Oberlin, Walker finished just one kill shy of a triple-double against Wooster with nine kills, 31 digs and 20 set assists. Although her primary role as the setter is the quarterback of the Hiram offense, Walker finished the two-match stretch with 16 kills against just three hitting errors in 33 total attempts for a .394 hitting percentage.

October 9th
 

Maddie Fischer, Wittenberg
(Minerva, OH/Minerva)

Kills: 33
Hitting %: .456
Digs: 18
Service Aces: 4
Sets Played: 6

Wittenberg senior outside hitter Maddie Fischer posted a pair of double-digit kill performances last weekend in leading the top-ranked Tigers to a pair of 3-0 league wins over Hiram and Allegheny. Fischer opened the weekend with her eighth double-double of the season with 18 kills and 12 digs against Hiram, before adding 15 kills and six digs against Allegheny. Fischer, who also added four service aces in the two matches, finished the stretch with 33 kills against just seven hitting errors for a blistering .456 hitting percentage.

October 3rd
 

Suzanne Peters, DePauw
(Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) 

Kills: 29 
Hitting %: .299
Digs: 26
Blocks:
2
Sets Played: 6

DePauw junior outside hitter Suzanne Peters extended her double-double streak to three-straight last week in a pair of 3-0 wins over No. 12 Millikin and Wooster. Peters opened the week with 16 kills and 11 digs in the upset win over Millikin, before logging 13 kills and 15 digs in the league win over Wooster. In the two matches combined, Peters had 29 kills against just nine hitting errors in 67 total attempts for a .299 hitting percentage. She also had two service aces and a block assist against Millikin.

September 25th
 

Brianna La Croix, Ohio Wesleyan
(Woodland Hills, CA/Sierra Canyon) 

Kills: 15
Hitting %: .433 
Digs: 4
Blocks: 1
Sets Played: 5

Despite playing just one match last week, Ohio Wesleyan senior outside hitter Brianna La Croix was dominate in the Bishops’ 3-2 league win over Hiram. With OWU trailing, 2-1, after three sets, La Croix smashed five kills in the fourth set to help send the match to the winner-take-all fifth set, where the Bishops prevailed by a 15-9 margin. Over the course of the match, La Croix accumulated 15 kills and committed just two hitting errors for a remarkable .433 hitting percentage. She also added four digs and one block assist in the win.

September 18th

Iris Anderson, Ohio Wesleyan
(Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) 

Kills: 43
Hitting %: .344
Digs: 39
Blocks: 4
Sets Played: 10

Ohio Wesleyan senior outside hitter Iris Anderson was named the Most Valuable Player at the Bishop Invitational last weekend after accumulating 39 digs and 43 kills against just 12 hitting errors in 90 total attempts for a .344 hitting percentage in victories over Grove City, 3-1, Transylvania, 3-0, and Adrian, 3-0. Anderson, who also had four blocks and three service aces on the weekend, posted a season-high 19 digs against Grove City and matched a season-best with 18 kills against Adrian.

September 11th
 

Mackenzie Bruzzio, Kenyon
(Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) 

Kills: 41
Digs: 54
Blocks: 10 (3 solo, 7 asst.)
Sets Played: 12

Kenyon sophomore right-side hitter Mackenzie Bruzzio was a dual-threat option in leading the Ladies to a perfect 3-0 record at their own invitational last weekend. Bruzzio, who finished the weekend with 41 kills and 54 digs, posted a double-double performance in all three victories, highlighted by a 14-kill and 28-dig effort in the 3-1 win over Muskingum on Saturday. In addition, she added 10 total blocks on the weekend, which included four block assists in the 3-1 win over Geneva on Friday.

September 5th
  

Karen Wildemann, Wittenberg
(Columbus, IN/North) 

Kills: 23
Set Assists: 106
Service Aces: 4
Blocks: 12
Digs: 29
Sets Played: 13

Wittenberg junior setter Karen Wildemann stuffed the stat sheet on the opening weekend of the season at Wittenberg’s own National Invitational, which included her first-career triple double in the Tigers’ 3-2 upset win over No. 2 Emory. In the come-from-behind win over the Eagles, Wildemann tallied 11 kills, 41 set assists and 10 total digs. In 13 total sets on the weekend, which also included a pair of 3-1 wins over Illinois Wesleyan and Johns Hopkins, Wildemann collected 23 kills, 106 set assists, 29 digs, 12 blocks (2 solo, 10 asst.) and four service aces. She was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts.