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2015 NAIA Women’s Player of the Week – No. 7 (Oct. 20)

October 20, 2015
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Danna Gomes of Park (Mo.), Shannon Liewer of Peru State (Neb.), and Raissa Herczfeld of Park (Mo.) have been named NAIA National Volleyball Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.  These three were selected based on their performances from Oct. 12 - 20 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution player of the week selections.

National Setter of the Week
Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)
Fr., S, Rio de Janerio, Brazil
• Totaled 50 assists in five sets in a win against No. 1 Viterbo (Wis.).  Also, had more than 50 assists in all three games against Top 25 opponents, including 60 in a win over No. 25 Grand View (Iowa) and 58 in a victory over No. 4 Biola (Calif.).
• Totaled 168 assists along with 32 digs and nine kills, to help her team go 3-0 this week.
• Ranks No. 13 in assists per set (10.6)
• This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

National Defender of the Week
Shannon Liewer, Peru State (Neb.)
Sr., DS, Imperial, Neb.
• Career-high 39 digs against Central Methodist (Mo.), which tied her for the best effort in the Heart of America Conference this season.
• Totaled 88 digs in three games, helping her team to a 3-0 week.
• Averaging 8.00 digs per set ranking her No. 16.
• This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

National Attacker of the Week
Raissa Herczfeld, Park (Mo.)
Sr., OH, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Totaled 60 kills in three games, including 14 against No. 1 Viterbo (Wis.), 25 against No. 4 Biola (Calif.) and 21 against No. 25 Grand View (Iowa).
• Averaged 4.00 kills per game to help lead her team to a 3-0 week.
• Finished the week with 31 digs and an average of 2.07 digs a game.
• This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

Nominees: Kara Stamper, Bryan (Tenn.); Samantha Marquez, La Sierra (Calif.); Chandler Gabrio, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Becky Deruiter, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Remy Bucknor, Indiana Wesleyan; Kennadie Clute, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Alyssa Mason, Biola (Calif.); Brooke Granstra, Dordt (Iowa); Autumn Trimble, Philander Smith (Ark.); Jhessica Martins, Peru State (Neb.); Pakalana Helekahi, Ashford (Iowa); Janaya Fox, Ottawa (Kan.); Ryanne Purcell, Asbury (Ky.); Rebecca Just, St. Catharine (Ky.); Carly Rozell, Dakota State (S.D.); Paulyae Dawkins, Southwest (N.M.); Shahala Hawkins, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Eloisa Sales, Bethel (Tenn.); Breeanna Navarro, Warner (Fla.); Ave Stout, Lourdes (Ohio)

Nominees: Daniela Duarte, Park (Mo.); Nora Darrhar, St. Andrews (N.C.); Emily Morgan, La Sierra (Calif.); Haley Damian, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Iiana Chakarova, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Ashlen Buck, Indiana Wesleyan; Rebecca Sweeney, Carroll (Mont.); Kami Troesh, Westmont (Calif.); Jillian Estes, Northwestern (Iowa); Victoria Hicks, Philander Smith (Ark.); Hannah Sittig, Ottawa (Kan.); Kaleigh Ensley, IU Kokomo; Gaby Ferran, Life (Ga.); Taylor Holz, Bellevue (Neb.); Candace Grosjean, St. Thomas (Texas); Rossanna Ramos, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Rebecca Jobst, Bethel (Tenn.); Thalia Mendez, Warner (Fla.); Taylor Kelso, Indiana Tech

Nominees: Shelby Grace Enochs, Bryan (Tenn.); Marissa Fregoso, La Sierra (Calif.); Sierra Porter, College of Idaho; Renee Enz, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Sami Leach, Bethel (Ind.); Tori Bertsch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Becca Branch, Biola (Calif.); Jamie Gesink, Dordt (Iowa); Marija Stojijkovic, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Chrissy Daggett, Grand View (Iowa); Keeley Kroeker, Tabor (Kan.); Abbey Ketchem, Indiana East; Jordan Strickland, St. Catharine (Ky.); Beth Walker, Bellevue (Neb.); Alexia Bustamante, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Heather Watson, Oklahoma City; Cayley Meiners, Coastal Georgia; Jenna Swaffer, Warner (Fla.); Meghan Birr, Lourdes (Ohio)

2015-16 Volleyball Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 09): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.) , Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.) , Ally Krus, Missouri Baptist
Week 2 (Sept. 16): Samantha Voils, Missouri Valley , Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) , Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Week 3 (Sept. 23): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.) , Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) , Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 4 (Sept. 30): Cassie Sarabia, Indiana Tech , Haley Pouliezos, Missouri Baptist , Bethany Farres, Ottawa (Kan.)
Week 5 (Oct. 07): Kylie Porter, College of Idaho , Michi Jimenez, Lourdes (Ohio) , Kelsey Johnson, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.) , Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.) , Tori Bertsch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Week 7 (Oct. 21): Raissa Herczfeld, Park (Mo.) , Shannon Liewer, Peru State (Neb.) , Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)

Championship Information

NAIA Women's Volleyball Championship
Sports Rules - Volleyball (W)