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NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week No. 3

September 22, 2015
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marlowe Beatty of Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio), Sashiko Heredia of Columbia (Mo.) and teammate Penny Liu have been named the NAIA Volleyball National Players of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. These three were selected based on their performances From Sept. 14 – 20 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution player of the week selections

NAIA Defender of the Week
Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Sr., DS, Dalton, Ohio

• Helped the Cougars to a 3-0 week that included a 3-1 win against then-No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan. Mount Vernon Nazarene (14-0) is one-of-seven NAIA programs with an unbeaten record.
• Collected 57 digs (5.7 digs per set) and one ace.
• Recorded a .962 reception percentage with only two errors on 52 attempts.
• Boasts 245 digs this season
• Ranks 14th in the NAIA in digs per set (5.6)
• Earns second-straight Defender of the Week award.

NAIA Setter of the Week
Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)
Jr., S, Tijuana, Mexico

• Guided the 12th-ranked Cougars to a 5-0 week, highlighted by a 3-1 neutral-site win against then-No. 22 Grand View (Iowa).
• Averaged 12.9 assists, 1.9 digs and 0.8 kills per set for the week.
• Recorded a season-high 55 assists against Grand View on Sept. 18
• Owns 30-or-more assists in 11-of-13 matches this year.
• Ranks third in the NAIA in assists per set (11.6)
• Earns first career Setter of the Week award.

NAIA Attacker of the Week
Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.)
So., OH, Nanjing, China

• Led the 12th-ranked Cougars to a 5-0 week, highlighted by a 3-1 neutral-site win against then-No. 22 Grand View (Iowa).
• Tallied 72 kills and averaged 4.2 kills per set for the week.
• Hit .444 with only 13 errors in 133 attempts.
• Recorded a double-double – 20 kills and 11 digs – in the Cougars’ week finale against Cornerstone (Mich.).
• Ranks 12th in the NAIA in hitting percentage (.380).
• Earns first career Attacker of the Week award.

For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.

Attacker Nominees: Julia Edmonds, Union (Ky.); Amanda Loeffler, Pacific Union (Calif.); Abbey Fenton, College of Idaho; Becky Deruiter, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Annelise Rohrer, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Devon Bogart, Great Falls (Mont.); Conley Kipp, Hope International (Calif.); Priscilla O'Dowd, Midland (Neb.); Adriana Titonea, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Samantha Voils, Missouri Valley; Janaya Fox, Ottawa (Kan.); Keeana Walton, IU Kokomo; Jenny Howell, Georgetown (Ky.); Tessa Weeldreyer, Dakota State (S.D.); Whitney Cornett, St. Thomas (Texas); Tori Leisure, Oklahoma City; Regan Coughlin, Coastal Georgia; Breeanna Navarro, Warner (Fla.); Cassie Sarabia, Indiana Tech.

Defender Nominees: Mikah Simpson, Columbia (Mo.); Jocelyn Mahayag, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Courtney Pitts, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Brandy Velasquez, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Elizabeth Simonelli, Judson (Ill.); Brooke Myers, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Alex Brehaut, Biola (Calif.); Jocelyn Garcia, Concordia (Neb.); Ana Privat, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Lindsay Hathcoat, Missouri Valley; Haley Thompson, Kansas Wesleyan; Paige Baker, Point Park (Pa.); Sydney Beck, Cumberlands (Ky.); Taylor Holz, Bellevue (Neb.); Candace Grosjean, St. Thomas (Texas); Emmalee Smith, SAGU (Texas); Jessica Bagwell, Mobile (Ala.); Thalia Mendez, Warner (Fla.); Taylor Kelso, Indiana Tech.

Setter Nominees: Shelby Grace Enochs, Bryan (Tenn.); Athena Abary, Pacific Union (Calif.); Sierra Porter, College of Idaho; Courtney Joyce, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Sami Leach, Bethel (Ind.); Tori Bertsch, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Shea Beeman, Hope International (Calif.); Alayna Kavanaugh, Concordia (Neb.); Marija Stojijkovic, Southern-New Orleans (La.); Jenna McGraw, Missouri Valley; Jenna Arlow, Sterling (Kan.); Kayla Briley, Rio Grande (Ohio); Lindsey Martindale, Georgetown (Ky.); Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.); Davette Mccall, St. Thomas (Texas); Hannah Mitcham, Oklahoma City; Cayley Meiners, Coastal Georgia; Jenna Swaffer, Warner (Fla.); Hope Leppink, Cornerstone (Mich.).

2015 NAIA Volleyball Players of the Week (complete schedule)
Week 1 (Sept. 8)
Attacker – Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.)
Defender – Jennifer Krentz, Viterbo (Wis.)
Setter – Ally Krus, Missouri Baptist
Week 2 (Sept. 15)
Attacker – Samantha Voils, Missouri Valley
Defender – Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Setter – Rachel Kater, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Week 3 (Sept. 22)
Attacker – Penny Liu, Columbia (Mo.)
Defender – Marlowe Beatty, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio)
Setter – Sashiko Heredia, Columbia (Mo.)