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Illinois, Penn State and Purdue Reel in Final Weekly Awards of 2012 Season

November 26, 2012
Richmond High School



Player of the Week

Ariel Turner, Purdue

OH - Sr. - Highlands Ranch, Colo. - Mountain Vista



*         Averaged 6.0 kills on .373 hitting, 4.4 digs and 1.3 blocks per set in
wins over Indiana (3-0) and Wisconsin (3-1), recording double-doubles in both
matches

*         Opened the weekend with 18 kills, 14 digs and six blocks in a sweep of the
Hoosiers

*         Notched 24 kills, 17 digs and three blocks against the Badgers

*         Reels in the seventh Player of the Week honor of her career and ninth
award overall

*         Last Purdue Player of the Week: Ariel Turner (Oct. 1, 2012)



Defensive Player of the Week

Katie Slay, Penn State

MH - Jr. - Raleigh, N.C. - Wakefield



*         Led No. 1 Penn State's defense in sweeps of No. 14 Ohio State and Michigan
State

*         Notched 13 blocks over the weekend, an average of 2.2 per set, including
eight against the Spartans

*         Tallied five blocks, including one solo, against the Buckeyes

*         Hit .464 for the weekend, averaging 2.5 kills per set

*         Earns her sixth Defensive Player of the Week honor and seventh overall award

*         Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Katie Slay (Oct. 8, 2012)



Setter of the Week

Annie Luhrsen, Illinois

S - Sr. - Wheaton, Ill. - Wheaton-Warrenville South



*         Averaged 14.0 assists, 2.1 digs and 0.5 blocks in wins against Iowa (3-0)
and Northwestern (3-2)

*         Posted 64 assists, nine digs and three blocks against the Wildcats

*         Tallied 48 assists, eight digs and one block against the Hawkeyes

*         Takes home her first Setter of the Week honor and second overall award

*         Last Illinois Setter of the Week: N/A



Co-Freshman of the Week

Jocelynn Birks, Illinois

OH - Willow Springs, Ill. - Lyons Township



*         Averaged 5.9 kills on .241 hitting, 2.8 digs and 0.6 blocks per set in
wins over Iowa (3-0) and Northwestern (3-2)

*         Notched a double-double in the five-set win over the Wildcats, posting a
career-high 28 kills, 13 digs and four blocks

*         Tallied 19 kills, nine digs and one block against the Hawkeyes

*         Earns her fourth Freshman of the Week honor and fifth award overall

*         Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Jocelynn Birks (Nov. 19, 2012)



Megan Courtney, Penn State

OH - Dayton, Ohio - Archbishop Alter



*         Helped No. 1 Penn State to sweeps of No. 14 Ohio State and Michigan State

*         Notched 11 blocks over the weekend, an average of 1.8 per set, including
six against the Spartans

*         Tallied five blocks, including two solo, against the Buckeyes

*         Earns her first career Big Ten honor

*         Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Micha Hancock (Nov. 28, 2011)







2012 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 27         P:   Lexi Erwin, Jr., MICH

                              Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB

                        D:  Katie Slay, Jr., PSU

                        S:   Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB

                        F:   Katie Gallagher, IND



Sept. 3          P:   Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                       D:   Kori Moster, So., MSU

                              Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN

                        S:   Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:   Meghan Haggerty, NEB



Sept. 10        P:   Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN

                        D:   Mary Ording, Sr., WIS

                        S:   Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU

                        F:   Meghan Haggerty, NEB



Sept. 17        P:   Jocelynn Birks, Fr., ILL

                        D:  Alexis Mathews, Jr., MSU

                        S:   Madalyn Shalter, Sr., NU

                        F:   Jocelynn Birks, ILL



Sept. 24        P:   Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN

                        D:  Carly Cramer, Jr., PUR

                        S:   Alexandra Palmer, Jr., MINN

                                  Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:    Annie Drews, PUR



Oct. 1             P:   Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR

                        D:  Tiffany Morales, Fr., MICH

                        S:   Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:   Tiffany Morales, Fr., MICH



Oct. 8            P:   Alex Lovell, So., IOWA

                        D:  Katie Slay, Jr., PSU

                        S:   Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB

                        F:   Daly Santana, MINN



Oct. 15          P:   Jennifer Cross, Jr., MICH

                        D:   Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR

                        S:   Lauren Cook, Sr., NEB

                        F:   Alexis Viliunas, ILL



Oct. 22          P:   Lauren Wicinski, Jr., MSU

                        D:   Caitlin Hansen, Jr., IND

                        S:   Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:   Daly Santana, MINN



Oct. 29          P:   Katherine Harms, Sr., MINN

                        D:   Annemarie Hickey, Jr., WIS

                        S:   Amanda Peterson, Sr., OSU

                        F:   Meghan Haggerty, NEB



Nov. 5           P:   Ariel Scott, Jr., PSU

                        D:   Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN

                        S:   Lexi Dannemiller, So., MICH

                                Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:   Jocelynn Birks, ILL



Nov. 12         P:   Mari Hole, Sr., OSU

                        D:   Hayley Thramer, Jr., NEB

                        S:   Lexi Dannemiller, So., MICH

                        F:   Meghan Haggerty, NEB



Nov. 19         P:   Stephanie Holthus, Jr., NU

                                Mari Hole, Sr., OSU

                        D:   Tori Dixon, Jr., MINN

                        S:   Micha Hancock, So., PSU

                        F:   Jocelynn Birks, ILL



Nov. 26         P:   Ariel Turner, Sr., PUR

       D:   Katie Slay, Jr., PSU

                        S:   Annie Luhrsen, Sr., ILL

                        F:   Jocelynn Birks, ILL

                              Megan Courtney, PSU


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