Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Michigan’s Lerg and Welsh, Northwestern’s McNulty, Ohio State’s Witte and
Purdue’s Atkinson earn first weekly honors of 2018


Co-Player of the Week

Lauren Witte, Ohio State

MB – So. – Mentor, Ohio – Lake Catholic

  • Led Ohio State to a 3-0 opening weekend, marking a career-high 19 kills and five digs against Albany
  • Registered a career-high .846 hitting percentage against Ohio with eleven kills
  • Hit .636 through three matches with just two errors
  • Tallied 12 blocks over the weekend and earned Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic MVP and All-Tournament team honors
  • Garners her first career Player of the Week decoration
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Taylor Sandbothe (Oct. 3, 2016)


Co-Player of the Week

Sherridan Atkinson, Purdue

OH – Sr. – Long Beach, Calif. – Millikan

  • Opened the season with her first career double-double against Wofford with 17 kills and 10 digs
  • Posted match-high kills against Wofford and Tulsa with 17 and 18, respectively
  • Averaged 5.1 kills with a .409 hitting percentage for the weekend
  • Named the Reamer Club Premier MVP as Purdue claimed the tournament’s inaugural title
  • Earns her second career Player of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Sherridan Atkinson (Nov. 13, 2017)


Defensive Player of the Week

Jenna Lerg, Michigan

L – Sr. – Farmington Hills, Mich. – Mercy

  • Averaged 8.67 digs per set helping Michigan to back-to-back sweeps to start the season
  • Named MVP of the War Eagle Invitational Tournament
  • Named Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017
  • Collects her third career Defensive Player of the Week accolade
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Claire Kieffer-Wright (Oct. 2, 2017)


Setter of the Week

MacKenzi Welsh, Michigan

S – Jr. – Bolingbrook, Ill. – Plainfield East

  • Posted consecutive assist-dig double-doubles, averaging 14.6 assists and 4.4 digs per set while guiding Michigan to back-to-back sweeps to start the year
  • Piloted a Wolverines’ offense that hit .258 for the weekend
  • Named Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017
  • Receives her first career Setter of the Week award
  • Last Michigan Setter of the Week: Lexi Dannemiller (Nov. 10, 2014)


Freshman of the Week

Kiara McNulty, Northwestern

S – Fr. – Del Mar, Calif. – Torrey Pines

  • Began her college career last weekend, helping the Wildcats to a 3-0 record by averaging 11.5 assists and 4.0 digs per set
  • The only Big Ten setter to log three double-doubles in the season-opening weekend and to mark 40-plus assists in all three matches
  • Picked up 49 assists in the season opener against South Dakota, the most helpers for a Wildcat in her debut since at least 1999
  • Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Symone Abbott (Oct. 6, 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