By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kristin Pressley of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Pressley was selected based on her performances from Sept.30 - Oct. 6 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Pressley wins the award for the second-straight week and becomes the first NAIA player since Paula Ferreira of Columbia (Mo.) in 2011 to be selected twice in the same season.
Pressley, a 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter averaged 4.63 kills per set, 3.94 digs per set and 0.88 blocks per set for Oklahoma Baptist last week. The 12th-ranked Bison went 4-0 overall with three victories against Top 25 opponents. The native of Mansfield, Texas, highlighted her week with a 20-kill, 23-dig effort in a 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 15-11) win over No. 23 Grand View (Iowa) on Oct. 5. In the five-set Bison win (15-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 18-16) over No. 13 Bellevue (Neb.) on Oct. 4, Pressley finished with a week-best 23 kills and five block assists. Pressley is first in the NAIA in kills per game (4.6) and fourth in total kills (355).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Wanessa Siqueira, Park (Mo.); Chelsea Breaden, Bryan (Tenn.); Maselina Semaia, La Sierra (Calif.); Casey Loper, Eastern Oregon; Kaia Lenzi, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Calah Kruse, Grace (Ind.); Joni Nagy, Montana State-Northern; Le Mi, Concordia (Calif.); Karlie Schut, Northwestern (Iowa); Zyra Wright, Philander Smith (Ark.); Hannah Bettge, Baker (Kan.); Victoria Day, Ashford (Iowa); Bailey Burnett, Friends (Kan.); Micayla Speidel, IU Kokomo; Alexa Just, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Annie Benson, Bellevue (Neb.); Maddie McElroy, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Stacey Schuller, Dakota State (S.D.); Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville; Bailey Nations, Mobile (Ala.); Carol Reis, Southeastern (Fla.); Emilie Freeman, Madonna (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