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2016 NAIA Women's Volleyball Player of the Week - No. 9 (Nov. 1)

November 01, 2016
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By Nikki Sherrill, Communications & Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three players have been named NAIA National Volleyball Players of the Week. Mackenzie Vallad of Cornerstone (Mich.) is this week’s National Defender of the Week, Peiyi Liu of Columbia (Mo.) was selected as the National Attacker of the Week and Alayna Kavanaugh from Concordia (Neb.) is the National Setter of the Week. These three were selected based on their performances from Oct. 24-30 and were chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections. 

National Attacker of the Week
Peiyi Liu, Columbia (Mo.)
Jr., RS, Nanjing, China

• In a 5-0 week that included  two then-top 10 wins for Columbia, Liu gathered a .383 attack percentage in 19 sets played.
• Recorded 87 kills, 10 blocks and 59 digs to lead the Cougars during an undefeated week.
• Ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.426), No. 9 in total kills (455) and No. 12 in kills per set (4.2).  
• This is Liu’s third National Player of the Week honor this season (Sept. 20, Oct. 11). 

National Defender of the Week
Mackenzie Vallad, Cornerstone (Mich.)
So., L, Rockford, Mich. 

• Posted a career-high 43 digs in a win at Siena Heights (Mich.), which kept Cornerstone’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title chances alive.
• Captured 79 digs on the week to anchor the defense, which limited then-No. 9 Lourdes (Ohio) to a .173 hitting percentage – 65 points under its season average.
• Ranks No. 22 in total digs (626) in the nation.
• This is the first National Player of the Week honor for Vallad 

National Setter of the Week
Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.)
Sr., S, Roca, Neb.   

• In helping the Bulldogs to a 3-0 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play, Kavanaugh facilitated a high-hitting offense as she averaged 12.3 assists per set.
• During a 3-2 win over Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Kavanaugh had a career-high 79 digs. That mark currently stands as the highest single-match total of any NAIA player so far this season.
• Tallied three aces to go with 10 kills, 147 assists and 17 digs on the week.
• Ranks No. 27 in assists per set (10.1).
• This is Kavanaugh’s first National Player of the Week honor. 

 For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

 For the complete NAIA Player of the Week Calendar, click here.

Nominees:

Attacker
Angelica Arroyo, St. Andrews (N.C.); Dominique Andrews, UC Merced; Brenna Meehan, College of Idaho; Helena Atton, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Annelise Rohrer, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Madison Wilhelm, Great Falls (Mont.); Libby Dahlberg, Westmont (Calif.); Tiegen Skains, Concordia (Neb.); Carla Novaes, Talladega (Ala.); Yorgelys Jaspe, Peru State (Neb.); Janaya Fox, Ottawa (Kan.); Maria Coelho, Campbellsville (Ky.); Carly Rozell, Dakota State (S.D.); Jayme Bazile, Wiley (Texas); Olivia Frazier, Cincinnati Christian (Ohio); Alanna Hayhurst, Texas Wesleyan; Eloisa Sales, Bethel (Tenn.); Nikki Mcdaniel, Webber International (Fla.); Heather Green, Cornerstone (Mich.)

Defender: Daniela Duarte, Park (Mo.); Grace Ann Moorhouse, Milligan (Tenn.); Emily Morgan, La Sierra (Calif.); Sydney Rothenbush, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Leah Alles, St. Francis (Ill.); Ashley Gingerich, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Natalie Kassa, Carroll (Mont.); Taylor Beckman, Westmont (Calif.); Jocelyn Garcia, Concordia (Neb.); Demetria Horton, Dillard (La.); Becca Hoerres, Graceland (Iowa); Andrea Kappelman, Friends (Kan.); Jessie Pendleton, Campbellsville (Ky.); Taylor Holz, Bellevue (Neb.); Miyah Keller, Wiley (Texas); Carly Butler, Asbury (Ky.); Rossanna Ramos, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jessica Bagwell, Mobile (Ala.); Michelle Calderon, Webber International (Fla.)  

SetterBrittney Engelbrecht, William Woods (Mo.); Kellee Geren, Milligan (Tenn.); Brooke Wheeler, UC Merced; Madison Mclain, Corban (Ore.); Tori Mantel, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Annica Stotz, Spring Arbor (Mich.); Bree Davis, Great Falls (Mont.); Alexa Nestlerode, Westmont (Calif.); Bethany Holland, Talladega (Ala.); Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Jana Boston, Friends (Kan.); Inoa Fields, Campbellsville (Ky.); Maddie Squiers, Bellevue (Neb.); Sydnie Beckett, Wiley (Texas); Emily Meng, Point Park (Pa.); Sasha Robinson, Texas Wesleyan; Kaylee Ginnings, Bethel (Tenn.); Carlee Baxter, Webber International (Fla.); Lauren Korth, Madonna (Mich.)

2016 NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week (Complete Schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 6): Attacker, Priscilla O’Dowd, Midland (Neb.); Defender, Nicole Warren, Jamestown (N.D.); Setter, Meghan Birr, Lourdes (Ohio).
Week 2 (Sept. 13): Attacker, Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.); Defender, Taylor Holz, Bellevue (Neb.); Setter, Maddie Squiers, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 3 (Sept. 20): Attacker, Peiyi Liu, Columbia (Mo.); Defender, Kendra Johnson, Montreat (N.C.); Setter, Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.).
Week 4 (Sept. 27): Attacker, Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.); Defender, Nora Darrhar, St. Andrews (N.C.); Setter, Sarah Bell, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 5 (Oct. 4): Attacker, Tessa Colden, Webber International (Fla.); Defender, Nicole Warren, Jamestown (N.D.); Setter, Carlee Baxter, Webber International (Fla.).
Week 6 (Oct. 11): Attacker, Peiyi Liu, Columbia (Mo.); Defender, Kami Troesh, Westmont (Calif.); Setter, Makenzie Montano, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Week 7 (Oct. 18): Attacker, Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.); Defender, Cheyan Coburn, College of Idaho; Setter, Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.).
Week 8 (Oct. 25): Attacker, Brooke Granstra, Dordt (Iowa); Defender, Andrea Kappelman, Friends (Kan.); Setter, Maddie Squiers, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 9 (Nov. 1): Attacker, Peiyi Liu, Columbia (Mo.); Mackenzie Vallad, Cornerstone (Mich.); Setter, Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.)