By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Beth Walker of Bellevue (Neb.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Walker was selected based on her performances from Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 and was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 23 conferences and independents.
Walker, a 5-foot-9 sophomore setter from Dubuque, Iowa, averaged 11.3 assists per set, to go along with a .302 attack percentage during Bellevue's 4-1 week. Her highlight came in the 3-1 win (25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18) over Briar Cliff (Iowa) on Nov. 1 when she posted 57 assists and chipped in 13 digs. The assists total was one-shy of a season high. She also had a double-double, her 15h of the season, with 37 assists and 12 digs in the 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-11, 25-11) of Haskell (Kan.) on Oct. 29. In national statistics, Walker ranks first in total assists (1,514) and fifth in assists per set (11.2).
Her 57 assists against Briar Cliff were part of a 67-assist team effort. That total was the most by a Bellevue club since Aug. 27, 2011 (73).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
Nominees: Lauren Purdy, Park (Mo.); Paige Moore, Union (Ky.); Nicole Yap, Menlo (Calif.); Liz Myers, College of Idaho; Marie Hackert, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Kristine Egebrecht, Indiana Wesleyan; Mayra Ramirez, Westminster (Utah); Amy Weststeyn, Biola (Calif.); Haley Chambers, Northwestern (Iowa); Delores Tyler, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Hannah Bettge, Baker (Kan.); Micah Wedemeier, Ashford (Iowa); Cortlyne Huppe, McPherson (Kan.); Catherine Wolter, Asbury (Ky.); Rinata Aisena, Campbellsville (Ky.); Alicia Olson, Viterbo (Wis.); Josette Glatt, Mayville State (N.D.); Danica Markovic, Texas at Brownsville; Chelsey Driskill, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Kelsey Bell, Faulkner (Ala.); Carol Reis, Southeastern (Fla.); Hannah Stone, Davenport (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
Week 6 (Oct. 15) - Cailie Johnson, Cornerstone (Mich.)
Week 7 (Oct. 22) - Nicole Gingery, Ottawa (Kan.)
Week 8 (Oct. 29) - Caraline Maher, Georgetown (Ky.)
Week 9 (Nov. 5) - Beth Walker, Bellevue (Neb.)