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Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Illinois’ Poulter, Purdue’s Peters, Rutgers’ Balyko, Wisconsin’s Loberg and
Hilley earn weekly honors


Player of the Week

Grace Loberg, Wisconsin

OH –  So. – Geneva, Ill. – Geneva

• Led the No. 8 Badgers over No. 2 Texas with 19 kills, one shy her career-best, and a career-high 18 digs

• Recorded her second straight double-double, the second of her career against the Longhorns

• Hit .457 through the four-set match with just three errors

• Added a career-high three assists and two blocks while averaging 4.75 kills and 4.5 digs per set

• Garners her first career Player of the Week decoration

• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Dana Rettke (Oct. 23, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week

Brooke Peters, Purdue

L – Sr. – Avon, Ind. – Avon

• Recorded a career-high 30 digs to help Purdue claim a 3-1 victory over Notre Dame

• Limited Oakland’s offense to a .161 hitting percentage en route to the Boilermakers’ 3-1 win

• Restricted Notre Dame’s offense to a .168 hitting percentage

• Has tallied double-digit digs in Purdue’s last ten matches

• Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

• Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Amanda Neill (Nov. 17, 2014)

Co-Setter of the Week

Jordyn Poulter, Illinois

S – Sr. – Aurora, Colo. – Eaglecrest

• Directed Illinois to an undefeated weekend at the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Seattle, Wash., posting a straight-sets win over No. 21 Colorado, before earning a 3-1 victory at No. 13 Washington

• Posted a 12.14 assists per set mark for the tournament with 85 total assists to lead the Illini to a .304 hitting percentage for the two matches

• Also added 12 digs, 11 blocks, nine kills on a .278 attack clip and an ace

• Receives her fourth career Setter of the Week award

• Last Illinois Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter (Nov. 6, 2017)

Co-Setter of the Week

Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin

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

• Named MVP of the HotelRED Invitational after setting the No. 8 Badgers to a 2-0 record, including a win over No. 2 Texas

• Put up a season-high 50 assists in leading the Badgers to victory over the Longhorns

• Recorded a career-high six blocks and tied her career best with 14 digs against High Point

• Averaged 11.88 assists and 2.75 digs per set as the Badgers hit .307 on weekend

• Receives her third career Setter of the Week award

• Last Wisconsin Setter of the Week: Sydney Hilley (Nov. 20, 2017)

Freshman of the Week

Inna Balyko, Rutgers

S – Gubinsky, Russia – Gymnasium Phoenix 1798

• Posted two double-doubles, with 10.21 assists per set and totaled 14 blocks while pacing a .271 attack percentage over the weekend

• Recorded five aces against Coppin State marking the second-best mark in a match for Rutgers in the rally-scoring era

• Dished out 40 assists against Lehigh

• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor

• Earns Rutgers’ first Freshman of the Week honor

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