Photo by Dale Grosbach Photography
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Wendy Romero of Park (Mo.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Romero was selected based on her performances from Sept. 22 – 28 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections.
National Player of the Week
Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.)
Jr., OH, Cojedes, San Carols, Venezuela
• Helped No. 4 Park (Mo.) to a 4-0 week that included straight-set wins against then-No. 17 Grand View (Iowa) and then-No. 20 Evangel (Mo.). The Pirates are an NAIA-best 20-0 on the season and own the nation’s longest winning streak at 21 matches (dating back to 2013).
• Collected double-digit kills in all four matches, including a week-high 18 against Baker (Kan.).
• Averaged 5.25 kills and 1.58 digs per set.
• Tallied eight service aces – three coming against Baker – and eight blocks.
• Enters the week ranked among the top 10 nationally in service aces per set (2nd; 0.73), total service aces (3rd; 44), kills per set (8th; 4.42) and total kills (9th; 265).
• Earns her second career NAIA National Player of the Week honor – both coming in 2014.
• Last Park National Volleyball Player of the Week: Wendy Romero (Sept. 16, 2014).
• Last Park National Volleyball Player of the Week other than Romero: Patricia Souza (Sept. 4, 2012).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Taylor Fink, Bryan (Tenn.); Courtney Calicdan, Menlo (Calif.); Paulla Pinheiro, Southern Oregon; Katie Tabisz, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Julia Willey, Taylor (Ind.); Madison Wilhelm, Great Falls (Mont.); Lauren Hoenecke, Biola (Calif.); Kaitlin Floerchinger, Northwestern (Iowa); Chassidy Harris, Tougaloo (Miss.); Hannah Bettge, Baker (Kan.); Michaela Gardner, Ashford (Iowa); Christa Hill, Ottawa (Kan.); Shakyra Young, Midway (Ky.); Yennifer Ramirez, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Symone Faulkner, Bellevue (Neb.); Alicia Olson, Viterbo (Wis.); Naomi Walther, Jamestown (N.D.); AnJonee Mathis, Wiley (Texas); Shannon Niemeier, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Sydney Koon, Brenau (Ga.); Tamires Ferreira, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Casey Gates, Madonna (Mich.).
2014 NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 9) – Yang Yang, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Week 2 (Sept. 16) – Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.)
Week 3 (Sept. 23) – Erynn Schuh, Trinity Christian (Ill.)
Week 4 (Sept. 30) – Wendy Romero, Park (Mo.)