By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Cailie Johnson of Cornerstone (Mich.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Johnson was selected based on her performances from Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Johnson, a 6-foot junior middle hitter from Rockford, Mich., hit at a .452 clip and averaged 3.43 kills per set and 1.52 digs per set to help Cornerstone go 5-0 last week, including three Top 25 wins. For her efforts, she was named to the Spartan All-Tournament Team and gathered Tournament MVP honors. The highlight of her week came on Oct. 11 at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by Missouri Baptist. In the 3-2 win (25-20, 26-24, 30-32, 21-25, 15-9) over No. 17 Missouri Baptist, Johnson went for a season-high 22 kills and 17 digs. It was her sixth contest with a double-double. She had an all-around balanced stat sheet with 12 kills, five digs, five block assists and hit .455 in the 3-2 victory (23-25, 26-24, 27-25, 18-25, 17-15) over No. 19 Grand View (Iowa) on Oct. 11.
In national statistics, Johnson ranks 10th in hitting percentage (.383) and 28th in total kills (313).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Wanessa Siqueira, Park (Mo.); Denise De Vine, Reinhardt (Ga.); Genna Garrett, UC Merced; Karly Stack, Eastern Oregon; Vanessa Owusu, Roosevelt (Ill.); Morgan Fox, Bethel (Ind.); Niurka Toribio, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Sarah McKinny, Vanguard (Calif.); Maggie Vondrak, Morningside (Iowa); Moira Kirk, Xavier (La.); Vladi Kopanarova, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Victoria Day, Ashford (Iowa); Taylor Elkinton, Kansas Wesleyan; Sarah Sterling, Asbury (Ky.); Caraline Maher, Georgetown (Ky.); Symone Faulkner, Bellevue (Neb.); Kadie Subbert, Grand View (Iowa); Sarah Becker, Jamestown (N.D.); Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville; Kristin Pressley, Oklahoma Baptist; Megan Haber, Spring Hill (Ala.); Adrienne Czaplewski, Warner (Fla.).
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.)