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2015 NAIA Women's Player of the Week - No. 5 (Oct. 6)

October 06, 2015
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kylie Porter of College of Idaho, Michi Jimenez of Lourdes (Ohio), and Kelsey Johnson of Cardinal Stritch (Wish.) have been named NAIA National Volleyball Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.  These three were selected based on their performances from Sept. 29 - Oct. 6 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution player of the week selections.

National Setter of the Week
Kelsey Johnson, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Jr., S, Rockton, Ill.

·Totaled 162 assists in five games to help her team to a 4-1 week.

·Surpassed 3,000 career assists to make her the first player in program history to achieve this milestone.

·Ranked No. 3 in assists (10.7).

·This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

National Attacker of the Week
Kylie Porter, College of Idaho
Sr., MB, Boise, ID

·Finished the week with 26 kills, including a 16-kill effort in a 3-1 win over No. 8 Southern Oregon.

·Added seven blocks in two matches against Southern Oregon climbing to No. 10 in career blocks for College of Idaho.

·Hit .490 for the week and averaged 3.71 kills per set.

·This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

National Defender of the Week
Michi Jimenez, Lourdes (Ohio)
Sr., DS, Vega Baja, P.R.

·Totaled 6.7 digs per set helping her team go 3-0 last week including a win over No. 15 Madonna (Mich.).

·Tallied a .971 reception percentage with only 1 error on 35 attempts.

·Season-high 29 digs in a three-set win against Indiana Tech.

·Ranked No. 28 in digs per set (5.2 avg.).

·This is her first career Player of the Week honor.

Nominees:

Nominees: Salma Shahtout, Park (Mo.); Angelica Arroyo, St. Andrews (N.C.); Samantha Marquez, La Sierra (Calif.); Alyssa Bridleman, St. Francis (Ill.); Kelsee Zuidema, Grace (Ind.); Cassie Krueger, Montana State-Northern; Katie Landazuri, Hope International (Calif.); Priscilla O'dowd, Midland (Neb.); Shelby Stewart, Dillard (La.); Micah Guiot, Evangel (Mo.); Pakalana Helekahi, Ashford (Iowa); Tena Loewen, Tabor (Kan.); Lindi Thomas, IU Kokomo; Rebecca Just, St. Catharine (Ky.); Madison Wendel, Jamestown (N.D.); Jessica Walaski, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Shahala Hawkins, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Bailey Nations, Mobile (Ala.); Samantha Garza, St. Thomas (Fla.); Stephanie Ruffing, Lourdes (Ohio)

Nominees: Melanie Kala, William Woods (Mo.); Ana Calaza, Union (Ky.); Rachael Schaefer, UC Merced; Piper Cantrell, Eastern Oregon; Melissa Murphy, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Sara Miller, Grace (Ind.); Jacy Vining, Montana State-Northern; Renn Isobe, Menlo (Calif.); Jill Bax, Hastings (Neb.); Ana Privat, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Morgan Smith, Evangel (Mo.); Emily Warner, McPherson (Kan.); Hannah Payne, Midway (Ky.); Caitlyn Tino, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.); Kristin Silva, Southwest (N.M.); Rossanna Ramos, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Jessica Bagwell, Mobile (Ala.) ; Thalia Mendez, Warner (Fla.)

Nominees: Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.); Jaden Lynch, St. Andrews (N.C.); Genna Garrett, UC Merced; Rachelle Chamberlain, Eastern Oregon; Bridget Troyer, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Callie Hanson, Montana Western; Shea Beeman, Hope International (Calif.); Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.); Marija Stojijkovic, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Leyra Jusino, William Penn (Iowa); Verenice Chaparro, Ashford (Iowa); Jennie Kinsella, Friends (Kan.); Hannah Barker, Indiana Southeast; Makenzie Montano, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Beth Walker, Bellevue (Neb.); Alexia Bustamante, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Heather Watson, Oklahoma City; Michala Askew, Dalton State (Ga.); Dana Nowaczyk, St. Thomas (Fla.); Meghan Birr, Lourdes (Ohio)

2015-16 Volleyball Composite Award Winners

Week 1 (Sept. 09): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.), Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.), Ally Krus, Missouri Baptist

Week 2 (Sept. 16): Samantha Voils, Missouri Valley , Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) , Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)

Week 3 (Sept. 23): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.), Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)

Week 4 (Sept. 30): Cassie Sarabia, Indiana Tech, Haley Pouliezos, Missouri Baptist, Bethany Farres, Ottawa (Kan.)

Week 5 (Oct. 06): Kylie Porter, College of Idaho, Michi Jimenez, Lourdes (Ohio), Kelsey Johnson, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)