By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nicole Gingery of Ottawa (Kan.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Gingery was selected based on her performances from Oct. 14 - 20 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Gingery, a 5-foot-10 senior middle hitter from Lincoln, Neb., hit at a .548 clip in the Braves three games last week. Behind Gingery, Ottawa went 3-0 with sweeps over Bethany (Kan.), Saint Mary (Kan.) and Bethel (Kan.). The middle hitter had just seven errors across the three contests, while recording 41 kills on 62 attempts. She averaged 4.5 kills per set, 13.6 kills per match and hit over .500 in each of the Braves matches last week. Gingery also added five block assists, two service aces and four digs in the matches. For the season, she leads the team in kills (221) and hitting percentage (.307) and is second on the team in total blocks (42).
In national statistics, Gingery ranks 49th in hitting percentage (.307).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Juliana Barros, Park (Mo.); Hannah Scholz, Montreat (N.C.); Courtney Calicdan, Menlo (Calif.); Janel Porter, College of Idaho; Monique Morris, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Rae Brandes, Indiana Wesleyan; Abby Nicholas, Montana State-Northern; Tara Rallis, Biola (Calif.); Katie Zoucha, Hastings (Neb.); Chinedu Echebelem, Xavier (La.); Hannah Bettge, Baker (Kan.); Danielle Tombolato, Ashford (Iowa); Sarah Gambrall, Indiana East; Kailey Moorhead, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Aby Emiru, Waldorf (Iowa); Kadie Subbert, Grand View (Iowa); Sarah Becker, Jamestown (N.D.); Audra Vaello, St. Thomas (Texas); Shahala Hawkins, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kara Neisen, Coastal Georgia; Dana Nowaczyk, St. Thomas (Fla.); Cailie Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.).
2013 NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week (complete schedule)Week 1 (Sept. 10) - Kaitlin Floerchinger, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 2 (Sept. 17) - Daymari Brito, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Week 3 (Sept. 24) - Taylor Degraaf, Cal State San Marcos
Week 4 (Oct. 1) - Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 5 (Oct. 8) - Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist
Week 6 (Oct. 15) - Cailie Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.)
Week 7 (Oct. 22) - Nicole Gingery, Ottawa (Kan.)