By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackie van Vliet of College of Idaho, Amelia Grahn of Viterbo (Wis.) and Banner Rodgers of Indiana Wesleyan were named as the NAIA national volleyball players of the week, announced the national office on Tuesday. Vliet, Grahn and Rodgers were selected based on their performances from Sept. 18-24, and were chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.
Attacker of the Week
Jackie van Vliet, College of Idaho
6-2, JR, MB, Twin Falls, Idaho
- Vliet led her team to an undefeated record this week while notching a season-high of eight total blocks (seven assisted, one solo) against Northwest Christian (Ore.)
- Weekly Stats
- 26 kills, 3.71 kills/set
- 0.478 hitting percentage
- Recorded only 4 errors in 7 sets
- 11 blocks (9 assisted, 2 solo)
Defender of the Week
Banner Rodgers, Indiana Wesleyan
5-7, SR, L, Carrollton, Texas
- Rodgers helped her team to a 2-0 week as she matched her career-high of 32 digs against No. 25 Marian (Ind.).
- Weekly Stats
- 52 digs
- 50 digs/set
- 0.938 serve percentage
Setter of the Week
Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.)
5-1, SR, S, Madison, Wis.
- Grahn became the first V-Hawk to surpass 4,000 career assists during her play this week aided by her season high of 51 assists against Dickinson State (N.D.)
- Weekly Stats
- 93 assists
- 29 assists/set
- 15 digs
- 6 kills
For more information on NAIA women’s Volleyball, click here.
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Attacker of the Week Nominees: Marion Couraud, Missouri Baptist; Tessa Colden, Reinhardt (Ga.); Lauren Purdy, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Anna Maatman, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Morgan Miller, Indiana Wesleyan; Angela Molesworth, Montana Tech; Libby Dahlberg, Westmont (Calif.); Katie Placke, Hastings (Neb.); Megan Besecker, Tougaloo (Miss.); Katarina Krstonosic, Missouri Valley; Alex Spears, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Krista Costa, Haskell (Kan.); Amy Horner, Tabor (Kan.); Jenny Howell, Georgetown (Ky.); Shayla Scanlan, Bellevue (Neb.); Taylor Barnes, Wiley (Texas); Nyssa Baker, IU Kokomo; Jessica Meyer, John Brown (Ark.); Allison Hartmann, Loyola (La.); Whitney Battoe, St. Thomas (Fla.); Amanda Hawkins, Madonna (Mich.)
Defender of the Week Nominees: Jessica Jensen, William Woods (Mo.); Paulina Hileman, Union (Ky.); Cassandra Diaz, UC Merced; Kiley Mcmurtrey, Eastern Oregon; Brianna Figueroa, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Sabrina Hopcroft, Montana Tech; Shea Beeman, Hope International (Calif.); Nikki Oberfoell, Morningside (Iowa); Kayla Cole, Tougaloo (Miss.); Lauren Stopko, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Sophia Honahni, Haskell (Kan.); Jensyn Pettit, Kansas Wesleyan; Tara Routliffe, Cumberlands (Ky.); Elise Peterson, Jamestown (N.D.); Maranda Washington, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Macee Rudy, IU Kokomo; Jordan Breding, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jocelyn Mahayag, Mobile (Ala.); Keniah Rivera Santiago, Southeastern (Fla.); Angelica Dippold, Lourdes (Ohio)
Setter of the Week Nominees: Kourtney Knox, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Camry Mccroskey, Bluefield (Va.); Dani Burke, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Marija Djonovic, College of Idaho; Courtney Joyce, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Katelyn Dufur, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Rayna Pilgeram, Carroll (Mont.); Jessica Zieg, Hope International (Calif.); Jessica Peters, Midland (Neb.); Alexandra Jwainat, Tougaloo (Miss.); Maddie Ro, Clarke (Iowa); Megan Voth, Tabor (Kan.); Kassidy Rauh, Georgetown (Ky.); Alexia Souza, Wiley (Texas); Hannah Sipe, Indiana Southeast; Alyssa Arnold, John Brown (Ark.); Annie Kate Hudson, Mobile (Ala.); Carlee Baxter, Webber International (Fla.); Lauren Korth, Madonna (Mich.)
2017-18 Women's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (attacker, defender, setter)
Week 1 (September 06): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.) , Summer Jansen, Dordt (Iowa) , Jamie Gesink, Dordt (Iowa)
Week 2 (September 13): Ema Altena, Dordt (Iowa) , Joely Roe, Presentation (S.D.) , Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)
Week 3 (September 20): Anna Kiel, Northwestern (Iowa) , Haley Damian, Northwest Christian (Ore.) , Alyssa Arnold, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 4 (September 27): Jackie van Vliet, College of Idaho , Banner Rodgers, Indiana Wesleyan , Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.)