Gao, a first-year member of the Eagles, spent two seasons at NJCAA North Idaho College before becoming a key component at Concordia this season. She helped power the No. 2 Eagles to four wins over the past week, including two monumental triumphs. She posted six kills and 15 digs in a 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 Golden State Athletic Conference title-clinching victory over Fresno Pacific (Calif.) on Oct. 29. Later that day, Gao tallied 15 kills and 29 digs in a 25-20, 16-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-10 win over No. 1 Texas at Brownsville in the NAIA Match of the Week. She totaled 35 kills, 66 digs and eight block assists in 14 sets played last week.
The 6-foot-1 junior from Qingdao, China, ranks second on her team with 252 digs, third in kills with 207 and third in blocks per set with 0.6. Gao follows Concordia opposite hitter Brooke Marino as the second-straight Eagle to win the award.
The final Player of the Week announcement of the 2011 season will be on Nov. 8.
Nominees: Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist; Patricia Souza, Park (Mo.); Yiting Cao, Spring Hill (Ala.); Kristin Waechter, Indiana East; Nicole Beeler, Arizona Christian; Ana Guerra, Texas at Brownsville; Moira Kirk, Xavier (La.); Linjun Ji, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Kristen Hendrickson, Ottawa (Kan.); Caraline Maher, Georgetown (Ky.); Devon Jensen, Grand View (Iowa); Susan Rollman, Doane (Neb.); Sydney Rice, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Julianne Dougherty, Webber International (Fla.); Sydney Koon, Montreat (N.C.); Ashley Hart, Concordia (Mich.); Kayla Mullaney, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kelsey Pritchard, Taylor (Ind.); Ashley Marchant, Westminster (Utah); Ciciley Fox, College of Idaho; Samantha Miller, Holy Names (Calif.); Mariah Mock, College of the Ozarks (Mo.).
2011 Composite Winners
Week 1: Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville
Week 2: Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 3: Yiting Cao, Spring Hill (Ala.)
Week 4: Kim Weaver, Cornerstone (Mich.)
Week 5: Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6: Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 7: Martina Gregusova, Fresno Pacific (Calif.)
Week 8: Brooke Marino, Concordia (Calif.)
Week 9: Fei Gao, Concordia (Calif.)