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Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli, Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy, and Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley and Dana Rettke earn first weekly honors of 2017

Co-Player of the Week/Co-Freshman of the Week

Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota

OPP – Fr. – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge

Averaged 4.43 kills and 3.86 digs per set with two double-doubles and a .315 hitting percentage in her college debut last weekend, helping No. 4 Minnesota defeat No. 11 North Carolina and Louisville in Madison, Wis.

Had a team-high 14 kills, 12 digs and four block assists in a sweep of UNC

Added a team-best 17 kills, 15 digs and hit .342 in a four-set win over Louisville

Earns her first career Player of the Week award

Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Sarah Wilhite (Nov. 29, 2016)

Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award

Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Alexis Hart (Oct. 3, 2016)

Co-Player of the Week/Co-Freshman of the Week

Dana Rettke, Wisconsin

MB – Fr. – Riverside, Ill. – Riverside-Brookfield

Opened her college career last weekend by averaging 5.0 kills and 1.8 blocks per set with a .619 hitting percentage as No. 7 Wisconsin posted sweeps over visiting Louisville and No. 11 North Carolina

Recorded 15 kills and match-high six blocks in win over Louisville

Registered 15 kills and team-best five blocks with a .778 hitting percentage to lead the Badgers past UNC

Garners her first career Player of the Week honor

Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Molly Haggerty (Nov. 21, 2016)

Garners her first career Freshman of the Week honor

Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Molly Haggerty (Nov. 29, 2016)

Defensive Player of the Week

Ali Bastianelli, Illinois

MB – Jr. – Marysville, Mich. – Marysville

Averaged 2.7 kills and 2.5 blocks per set with a .558 hitting percentage last weekend to pace Illinois to the title at the season-opening Bobcat Classic

Named the tournament Most Valuable Player, highlighted by a career-high 17 kills and match-best nine blocks against tournament host Montana State

Added nine kills and nine blocks with an .818 hitting percentage in the tournament opener against Gonzaga

Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2016

Collects her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Ali Bastianelli (Nov. 21, 2016)

Setter of the Week

Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin

S – Fr. – Brooklyn Park, Minn. – Champlin

Began her college career last weekend by averaging 13.17 assists and 2.33 digs per set with an .889 hitting percentage while guiding No. 7 Wisconsin to 3-0 wins at home over Louisville and No. 11 North Carolina

Collected her first career double-double against North Carolina with 43 assists and 11 digs

Piloted a Badgers’ offense that hit .340 for the weekend, including .361 in the win over UNC

Receives her first career Setter of the Week citation

Last Wisconsin Setter of the Week: Lauren Carlini (Nov. 21, 2016)