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2015 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week – No. 10 (Nov. 10)

November 10, 2015
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephanie Ruffing of Lourdes (Ohio), Marlowe Beatty of Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) and Rachel Kater of MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) have been named NAIA National Volleyball Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.  These three were selected based on their performances from Nov. 2 – 8 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution Player of the Week selections.

National Attacker of the Week
Stephanie Ruffing, Lourdes (Ohio)
Jr., OH, Columbus, Ohio
• Recorded a pair of double-doubles, while averaging more than 6.4 kills per set to help her team to a 3-0 week.
• Matched a season-high 24 kills against Davenport (Mich.), which is a school record for a 3-set match.
• Hit a season best .688 against Davenport and did not commit a reception error in 38 attempts while playing all six positions on the floor.
• Helped cap a perfect 28-0 regular season.
• This is her first career player of the week honor.

National Defender of the Week
Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Sr., DS, Dalton, Ohio
• Recorded 58 digs this week including 34 in a key 3-0 win against Goshen (Ind.) in the Crossroads League Quarterfinals.
• Averaged 9.67 digs per set this week.
• Ranks No. 3 in digs per set (6.5).
• Ranks No. 11 in total digs with 690.
• This is her fourth career player of the week honor, all from this season.

National Setter of the Week
Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
So., S, Benton, Kansas
• Recorded 81 total assists this week, including 39 in a key win against then-No. 11 Evangel (Mo.).
• Averaged 13.50 assists per set, along with 16 digs.
• Ranks No. 5 in both assists per set (11.4) and total assists (1301).
• This is her second career player of the week honor, both from this season.

Nominees: Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.); Rachel Andrews, Union (Ky.); Caitlin Marinos, La Sierra (Calif.); Corynn Kopra, Southern Oregon; Kacie Stoll, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Remy Bucknor, Indiana Wesleyan; Sydney Norris, Montana Tech; Morgan Koch, The Master's (Calif.); Elaine Kramer, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Kaylin Davison, Edward Waters (Fla.); Jhessica Martins, Peru State (Neb.); Tena Loewen, Tabor (Kan.); Mallory Livingston, Indiana East; Carol Siqueira, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Taylor Orhn, Presentation (S.D.); Gloriana Villarreal, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Abby Zipoy, Texas Wesleyan; Hannah Buck, Mobile (Ala.); Breeanna Navarro, Warner (Fla.)

Nominees: Haley Pouliezos, Missouri Baptist; Ana Calaza, Union (Ky.); Cassandra Diaz, UC Merced; Haley Damian, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Michelle Busscher, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Brooke Myers, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kiana Nicio, Vanguard (Calif.); Jocelyn Garcia, Concordia (Neb.); Ana Privat, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Shannon Liewer, Peru State (Neb.); Haley Thompson, Kansas Wesleyan; Taylor Sutton, Indiana Southeast; Sydney Beck, Cumberlands (Ky.); Kaitlyn Boesl, Presentation (S.D.); Stephanie Rubio, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Shaughnessy Hearn, Texas Wesleyan; Jessica Bagwell, Mobile (Ala.); Thalia Mendez, Warner (Fla.) ; Breanna Geile, Madonna (Mich.)

Nominees: Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.); Jaden Lynch, St. Andrews (N.C.); Genna Garrett, UC Merced; Kealia Rosa, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Tori Mantel, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Suzanne Grimm, Huntington (Ind.); Makenzie Bauck, Montana Tech; Aubrey Bekendam, The Master's (Calif.); Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.); Marija Stojijkovic, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Keeley Kroeker, Tabor (Kan.); Hannah Barker, Indiana Southeast; Makenzie Montano, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.); Mumphrey Akia, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Kristina Gafford, Texas Wesleyan; Taylor Harper, Mobile (Ala.); 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.)
Week 8 (Oct. 28): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.), Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.), Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)
Week 9 (Nov. 04): Kylie Porter, College of Idaho, Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Ally Krus, Missouri Baptist
Week 10 (Nov. 11): Stephanie Ruffing, Lourdes (Ohio), Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)


Championship Information

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