Maryland, Northwestern and Purdue Capture Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

by | Sep 19, 2022 | Headlines, Volleyball | 0 comments

Maryland, Northwestern and Purdue Capture Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

Terrapins’ Jones, Wildcats’ Thomas-Ailara and Rousseau, and Boilermakers’ Hudson receive this week’s conference honors

Player of the Week

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

Sr. – OH – Glenwood, Ill. – Marian Catholic – Major: Biomedical Engineering

• Registered 4.75 kills, 1.67 digs and 0.67 blocks per set with a .311 hitting percentage last weekend, sparking Northwestern to three victories and the Chicago Cup title

• Recorded a double-double (19 kills, 12 digs) in the tournament opener Sept. 16 vs. DePaul and tallied a season-high 24 kills on .367 hitting in a five-set win over Loyola-Chicago on Sept. 17, helping NU to an 11-1 record, its best start to a season since 2012

• Twice chosen for Academic All-Big Ten recognition (2020, 2021)

• Captured her first career Player of the Week citation

• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Hanna Lesiak (Sept. 5, 2022)

Defensive Player of the Week

Rainelle Jones, Maryland

Grad. – MB – Oxon Hill, Md. – Oxon Hill – Graduate Program: American Studies

• Tallied 2.20 blocks and 2.10 kills per set with a .356 hitting percentage in pacing Maryland to three wins and the Cavalier Classic championship last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

• Earned a place on the all-tournament team with near double-doubles in the first two tournament contests, both on Sept. 16 (seven kills, nine blocks vs. Mercer; nine kills, seven blocks, .533 hitting percentage vs. East Carolina)

• Receives her fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second this season

• Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Rainelle Jones (Aug. 29, 2022)

Setter of the Week

Alexa Rousseau, Northwestern

Jr. – Bloomfield Hills, Mich. – Bloomfield Hills – Major: Communication Studies

• Averaged 10.33 assists, 2.58 digs and 1.42 kills per set with a .306 hitting percentage, a triple-double and a double-double in leading Northwestern to three wins and the Chicago Cup title last weekend

• Logged a career-high 11 kills, 11 digs and 44 assists in the tournament opener against DePaul on Sept. 16

• Added a season-high 46 assists and 11 digs in a five-set win at Loyola-Chicago on Sept. 17, helping the Wildcats improve to 11-1 this year, their best start to a season since 2012

• Received Academic-All-Big Ten plaudits last year

• Secures her first career Setter of the Week selection

• Last Northwestern Setter of the Week: Caleigh Ryan (Sept. 23, 2013)

Freshman of the Week

Eva Hudson, Purdue

OH – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Bishop Dwenger – Major: Biomedical Health Sciences/Pre-Medicine

• Earned MVP honors at last weekend’s Stacey Clark Classic after compiling 6.50 points, 5.17 kills, 2.83 digs and 1.17 blocks per set with a .333 hitting percentage in wins over Northern Kentucky and Ball State

• Nearly had double-doubles in both matches, finishing with 15 kills (.500 hitting) and eight digs against NKU, along with 16 kills and nine digs against BSU

• Helped propel Purdue to a 9-1 non-conference record, its most victories in non-conference play since 2018

• Garners her third career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Eva Hudson (Sept. 5, 2022)

2022 Big Ten Players of the Week

Aug. 29

P: Eva Hudson, Fr., PUR

D: Rainelle Jones, Grad., MD

S: Melani Shaffmaster, Jr., MINN

F: Eva Hudson, PUR

Sept. 5

P: Hanna Lesiak, RS-Sr., NU

P: Emily Londot, Jr., OSU

D: Maddie Schermerhorn, Sr., PUR

S: Seleisa Elisaia, Grad., PSU

F: Eva Hudson, PUR

Sept. 12

P: Emily Londot, Jr., OSU

P: Kashauna Williams, Grad., PSU

D: Allie Holland, Jr., PSU

S: Mac Podraza, Sr., OSU

F: Gülce Güçtekin, WIS

Sept. 19

P: Temi Thomas-Ailara, Sr., NU

D: Rainelle Jones, Grad., MD

S: Alexa Rousseau, Jr., NU

F: Eva Hudson, PUR

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