Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Weekly Volleyball Awards

Minnesota’s Miller, Pittman and Samedy and Northwestern’s Thomas-Ailara earn weekly honors

Player of the Week

Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota

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

• Led the Gophers with 35 kills in 96 attempts (.240 kill percentage) and averaged 5.00 kills per set in a pair of wins over ranked teams, No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford

• Against the Ducks, posted a match-best 14 kills, 11 digs and two aces for her fourth double-double of the season

• Versus the Cardinal, followed with a 21-kill performance in 59 attempts, 11 digs and six blocks marking her fifth double-double of the year

• Garners her fourth career Player of the Week decoration and the first of the season

• Last Minnesota Player of the Week: Alexis Hart (Oct. 1, 2018)

Defensive Player of the Week

Regan Pittman, Minnesota

MB – Jr. – Spring Hill, Kan. – Saint Thomas Aquinas

• Averaged two blocks per set in a pair of wins over No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford

• Posted seven blocks, seven kills in 15 attempts and hit .400 against the Ducks

• Against the No. 1 Cardinal, tallied another seven blocks, a team best, as the Gophers had a season-best 13 blocks in a single match

• Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

• Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Dalianliz Rosado (Oct. 23, 2017)

Setter of the Week

Kylie Miller, Minnesota

S – Sr. – Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga

• Averaged 12.57 assists per set and helped Minnesota to a pair of wins over No. 10 Oregon and No. 1 Stanford as the Gophers hit .247 on the weekend against ranked opponents

• Also added 25 digs, two aces and five blocks over the weekend

• Against the No. 1 Cardinal, added a season-best 50 assists, completed the double-double with 17 digs and added four blocks, including one solo block

• Receives her second career Setter of the Week award and the second in as many weeks

• Last Minnesota Setter of the Week: Kylie Miller (Sept. 9, 2019)

Freshman of the Week

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

OH – Glenwood, Ill. – Marian Catholic

• Averaged 5.3 kills per set hitting .345 percent for the Wildcats on the weekend

• Her 32 kills against American earned her the all-time single game program record for freshmen, the 4-set single game program record and the second single game all-time program record

• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week honor and the second in as many weeks

• Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Temi Thomas-Ailara (Sept. 9, 2019)

2019 Big Ten Players of the Week

Sept. 3

P: Dana Rettke, Jr., WIS

D: Jayme Cox, Jr., MSU

S: Sydney Hilley, Jr., WIS

F: Kenzie Knuckles, NEB

Sept. 9

P: Kaitlyn Hord, So., PSU

D: Karysa Swackenberg, Sr., RU

S: Kylie Miller, Sr., MINN

F: Temi Thomas-Ailara, NU

Sept. 16

P: Stephanie Samedy, Jr., MINN

D: Regan Pittman, Jr., MINN

S: Kylie Miller, Sr., MINN

F: Temi Thomas-Ailara, NU