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2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week No. 5 (Oct. 2)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Caterina Cigarini of Missouri Baptist has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Alex Ewalt of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Olivia Galas of Bellevue (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Volleyball Setter of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The trio was selected based on their performances from Sept. 24-30 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Caterina Cigarini, Missouri Baptist
6-4, SR, MB, Modena, Italy

  • Cigarini helped her team to an undefeated week against conference opponents St. Louis College of Pharmacy (Mo.) and Lindenwood Belleville as well as RV Ottawa (Kan.) and No. 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 42 kills, 2.63 kills/set
    • 0.514 attack percentage
    • Also added 18 digs, three service aces and 21 total blocks (five solo) to her stat line

Defender of the Week
Alex Ewalt, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
5-9, SR, L, Danvers, Ill.

  • Ewalt was an All-Tournament selection at the Holiday Inn Express Invitational as she helped her team to a 4-0 weekend.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 119 digs
    • 7.44 digs/set
    • 0.968 reception percentage
    • Added nine service aces and a service percentage of 0.913.

Setter of the Week
Olivia Galas, Bellevue
5-8, FR, S, Omaha, Neb.

  • Galas recorded a career-high 67 assists against Mayville State (N.D.).
  • Weekly Stats
  • 101 assists
    • 14.43 assists/set
    • 14 digs, 2.0 average
    • Also contributed eight kills and four block assists


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Attacker of the Week Nominees: Julie Dockery, Milligan (Tenn.); Aiko Waters, Marymount California; Natalie Taylor, Evergreen (Wash.); Kacie Stoll, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Marci Miller, Indiana Wesleyan; Kelsey Shaver, Providence (Mont.); Samantha Neely, Westmont (Calif.); Courtney Schafer, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Vivica Price-Spraggins, Xavier (La.); Kelsey Redmond, Grand View (Iowa); Olivia Deckelman, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Lexi Kite, McPherson (Kan.); Sarah Cruz, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Sami Zell, Dakota State (S.D.); Savannah Garza, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Monica Loftus, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Cashlyn Munroe, Southwestern Christian (Okla.) ; Mirella Gatterdam, Mobile (Ala.); Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.); Tylar Roberson, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Madisson Williams, Lyon (Ark.); Alyssa Rupert, Milligan (Tenn.); Daisy Segura, Marymount California; Chloee Hunt, Evergreen (Wash.); Gina Novotny, Grace (Ind.); Ruby Kallenbach, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Rebecca Lowden, Vanguard (Calif.); Aubrey Drake, Dordt (Iowa); Jedda Alcee, Tougaloo (Miss.); Alma Flores, Central Methodist (Mo.); Kaitlyn Perkins, Crowley's Ridge (Ark.); Jamie Siess, McPherson (Kan.); Stacia Martin, Shawnee State (Ohio); Jayden Warner, Mayville State (N.D.); Maranda Washington, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Macee Rudy, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Jenna Lowery, John Brown (Ark.); Julianne Wilkes, Faulkner (Ala.); Nayrelis Pantoja Santos, Webber International (Fla.); Carol Goncalves, Lourdes (Ohio) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Manuela Vargas, Columbia (Mo.); Kellee Geren, Milligan (Tenn.); Angala Jensen, La Sierra (Calif.); Sierra Wolff, Evergreen (Wash.); Cassidy Wyman, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kendyll Gebert, Indiana Wesleyan; Natalie Hilderman, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Marina Samaniego, Arizona Christian; Jamie De Jager, Dordt (Iowa); Tiffany Phillips, Xavier (La.); Alexandra Jwainat, Tougaloo (Miss.); Paxton Throne, Benedictine (Kan.); Morgan Berry, Ottawa (Kan.); Autumn Proctor, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Alexia Souza, Wiley (Texas); Julia Menosky, Point Park (Pa.); Darian Parsons, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Victoria Songe, Mobile (Ala.); Ashley Kot, Coastal Georgia; Carol Goncalves, Lourdes (Ohio)


2018-19 Women's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (Attacker, Defender, Setter)

Week 1 (September 05): Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.), Alyssa Rupert, Milligan (Tenn.), Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.) 

Week 2 (September 12): Rachel Gregg, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Alexandra Reid, Sterling (Kan.), Morgan Berry, Ottawa (Kan.) 

Week 3 (September 19): Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern (Iowa), Valorie Flick, Saint Francis (Ind.), Marija Djonovic, College of Idaho 

Week 4 (September 26): Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern (Iowa), Samantha Korn, Taylor (Ind.), Jamie De Jager, Dordt (Iowa) 

Week 5 (October 03): Caterina Cigarini, Missouri Baptist, Alex Ewalt, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.)


Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


Championship Information

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