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Minnesota’s Miller, Northwestern’s Thomas-Ailara, Penn State’s Hord and Rutgers’ Swackenberg earn weekly honors

Player of the Week

Kaitlyn Hord, Penn State

MB – So. – Lexington, Ky. – Henry Clay

Named the MVP of the Cyclone Invitational after leading No. 6 Penn State to 3-0 sweeps against Iowa State and LSU

Totaled 20 kills on a .545 hitting percentage, averaging 3.3 kills per set

Added seven blocks over the two matches, including a season-high five rejections versus the Tigers

Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

Last Penn State Player of the Week: Haleigh Washington (Nov. 27, 2017)

Defensive Player of the Week

Karysa Swackenberg, Rutgers

L – Sr. – Brighton, Colo. – Brighton

Led Rutgers in digs in all three matches as the Scarlet Knights posted a 3-0 record en route to the Rutgers Invitational title

Averaged 4.3 digs per set while serve receiving at a .952 clip

Added 11 assists without a setting error throughout the weekend

Collects her first career Defensive Player of the Week accolade

Earns Rutgers’ first Defensive Player of the Week award

Setter of the Week

Kylie Miller, Minnesota

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

Recorded 79 assists and averaged 13.17 helpers per set over the weekend in a win against No. 7 Florida and a loss to No. 3 Texas

Against the Longhorns, Miller aided the Gophers to a .311 hitting percentage despite the loss

In the win over No. 7 Florida, Miller had 36 assists, seven digs, an ace and a block

Receives her first career Setter of the Week award

Last Minnesota Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Sr., MINN (Nov. 5, 2018)

Freshman of the Week

Temi Thomas-Ailara, Northwestern

OH – Glenwood, Ill. – Marian Catholic

Averaged 4.2 kills per set, marking a game-high 18 kills against Stephen F. Austin and Austin Peay and tied for a team-high 19 kills against Texas Tech over the weekend

Was selected to the all-tournament team for the second consecutive weekend

Receives her first career Freshman of the Week honor

Last Northwestern Freshman of the Week: Kiara McNulty (Aug. 27, 2018)