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2015 NAIA Women’s Player of the Week – No. 8 (Oct. 27)

October 27, 2015
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Penny Liu of Columbia (Mo.), Jennifer Krentz of Viterbo (Wis.) and Sashiko Heredia of Columbia (Mo.) have been named NAIA National Volleyball Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday.  These three were selected based on their performances from Oct. 19 – 25 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution player of the week selections.

National Setter of the Week
Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)
Jr., S, Tijuana, Mexico
• Recorded four double-doubles this past week to lead her team to a 3-2 week.
• Totaled 234 assists, including 50 in a win against than No. 9 Park (Mo.) and 50 in a loss against than No. 7 Viterbo (Wis.).
• Ranks No. 5 is assists per set (11.4)
• This is her second career Player of the Week honor, both coming this season.

National Defender of the Week
Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.)
Sr., DS, Watertown, Minn.
• In four matches at the 2015 Boneyard Brawl in Georgetown (Ky.) Krentz led a defense that averaged 18.5 digs per set with 95 total digs.
• Averaged 5.94 digs on the weekend with at least 19 digs every match.
• Became the V-Hawks all-time career leader in digs with 2,902.
• Ranked No. 1 in total digs with 708.
• This is her third career Player of the Week honor, all coming this season.

National Attacker of the Week
Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.)
So., OH, Nanjing, China
• Totaled 117 kills on the week against the NAIA’s top competition, including: 28 in a win against No. 9 Park (Mo.), 29 against No. 7 Viterbo (Wis.) and 25 against No. 18 Georgetown (Ky.).
• Ranks No. 7 in kills per set (4.2).
• Named All-Tournament team in the Boneyard Brawl on Oct. 23-24 in Georgetown, Ky. making her four-for-four on All-Tournament team selections this season. 
• This is her third career Player of the Week honor, all coming this season.

Nominees: Kara Stamper, Bryan (Tenn.); Jordan Jones, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Amber Parker, Corban (Ore.); Kacie Stoll, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Remy Bucknor, Indiana Wesleyan; Kennadie Clute, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Alyssa Mason, Biola (Calif.); Logan Drueppel, Hastings (Neb.); Johnee LeBlanc, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Taylor Wells, Grand View (Iowa); Emma Feierabend, Friends (Kan.); Mallory Livingston, Indiana East; Rebecca Just, St. Catharine (Ky.); Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.); Lucille Ricord, Wiley (Texas); Shahala Hawkins, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Hannah Buck, Mobile (Ala.); Adrienne Czaplewski, Warner (Fla.); Leze Vukaj, Siena Heights (Mich.)

Nominees: Haley Pouliezos, Missouri Baptist; Nora Darrhar, St. Andrews (N.C.); Monica Gomez, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Sierra Porter, College of Idaho; Michelle Busscher, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Ashlen Buck, Indiana Wesleyan; Jacy Vining, Montana State-Northern; Kami Troesh, Westmont (Calif.); Jocelyn Garcia, Concordia (Neb.); Ana Privat, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Abbie Foster, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Hannah Sittig, Ottawa (Kan.); Lindi Thomas, IU Kokomo; Sydney Beck, Cumberlands (Ky.); Gayle Lockett, Wiley (Texas); Shaughnessy Hearn, Texas Wesleyan; Sarah Dubberley, Faulkner (Ala.); Jordan Wiese, St. Thomas (Fla.); Katlyn Agren, Aquinas (Mich.)

Nominees: Jessica Davenport, Milligan (Tenn.); Smirrti Sharma, La Sierra (Calif.); Madison Mclain, Corban (Ore.); Kelsey Johnson, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Julia Fahy, Taylor (Ind.); Emily Russell, Montana State-Northern; Aubrey Bekendam, The Master's (Calif.); Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.); Marija Stojijkovic, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Bethany Farres, Ottawa (Kan.); Cortney Hanson, IU Kokomo; Jordan Strickland, St. Catharine (Ky.); Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.); Mumphrey Akia, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Heather Watson, Oklahoma City; Maddie Huekels, Loyola (La.); Dana Nowaczyk, St. Thomas (Fla.); Carly Tillotson, Siena Heights (Mich.)

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. 07): Kylie Porter, College of Idaho, Michi Jimenez, Lourdes (Ohio), Kelsey Johnson, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.)
Week 6 (Oct. 14): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.), Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.), Tori Bertsch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Week 7 (Oct. 21): Raissa Herczfeld, Park (Mo.), Shannon Liewer, Peru State (Neb.), Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)
Week 8 (Oct. 28): Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.), Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.), Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)