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Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Illinois’ Cooney and Poulter, Nebraska’s Foecke, Ohio State’s Gruensfelder and Penn State’s Hord earn weekly honors


Co- Player of the Week

Megan Cooney, Illinois

OH – So. –Topeka, Kan. – Shawnee Heights

• Led Illinois to three consecutive sweeps while earning the CSU Invitational championship

• Named the tournament MVP after totaling 39 kills and averaging 4.33 kills per set with a .493 hitting percentage and adding six blocks

• Hit double figures in kills in all three matches and paced the Illini offense to a .400 hitting percentage against Bowling Green

• With the three wins, the Illini moved to 8-0 on the season, marking the best start since the 2011 squad opened the season with a 20-0 record

• Garners her first career Player of the Week decoration

• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Michelle Strizak (Sept. 1, 2015)

Co- Player of the Week

Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska

OH – Sr. – West Point, Iowa – Holy Trinity Catholic

• Led the No. 7 Huskers to a comeback 3-2 victory at No. 14 Creighton with a career-high 25 kills on a .351 hitting percentage

• Also added 13 digs, five blocks and four service aces against the Blue Jays

• Tallied nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a 3-0 sweep against Iowa State on Sunday

• Averaged 4.25 kills per set and 2.5 digs per set for the week

• Earns her second career Player of the Week award

• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke (Oct. 30, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week

Hannah Gruensfelder, Ohio State

DS – So. – Weldon Springs, Mo. – St. Joseph Academy

• Helped Ohio State to a 3-0 weekend against Princeton, Missouri and Towson

• Averaged 6.70 digs per set for the weekend

• Reached double figures in digs in every match

• Tallied 48 error-free receptions

• Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

• Last Ohio State Defensive Player of the Week: Valeria Leon (Oct. 3, 2016)

Setter of the Week

Jordyn Poulter, Illinois

S – Sr. – Aurora, Colo. – Eaglecrest

• Led Illinois to an undefeated weekend at the CSU Invitational Championship averaging 11.78 assists per set for the tournament with 106 total assists, as well as directed the Illini to a .383 team hitting percentage

• Added 3.11 digs per set with 28 digs, along with six blocks, two kills and two service aces for the weekend

• Quarterbacked the Illini to their highest hitting percentage of the season with a .400 mark against Bowling Green as she tallied 37 assists and three blocks

• Receives her fifth career Setter of the Week award

• Last Illinois Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter (Sept. 5, 2018)

Freshman of the Week

Kaitlyn Hord, Penn State

MB – Lexington, Ky. – Henry Clay

•  Averaged a team-best 3.83 kills per set on a team-high .538 hitting percentage against No. 4 Stanford and No. 18 Oregon

• Also averaged a team-high 2.0 blocks per set

• Against No. 4 Stanford, tallied seven kills, hitting .500, and registered five blocks, then put down a career-high 16 kills on a .556 hitting percentage and added seven blocks and two digs against No. 18 Oregon

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Haleigh Washington (Nov. 17, 2014)

2018 Big Ten Players of the Week

Aug. 27

P: Lauren Witte, So., OSU

P: Sherridan Atkinson, Sr., PUR

D: Jenna Lerg, Sr., MICH

S: MacKenzi Welsh, Jr., MICH

F: Kiara McNulty, NU

Sept. 4

P: Grace Loberg, So., WIS

D: Brooke Peters, Sr., PUR

S: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL

S: Sydney Hilley, So., WIS

F: Inna Balyko, RU

Sept. 10

P: Megan Cooney, So., ILL

P: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB

D: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU

S: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL

F: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU