2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 9 (Oct. 31)

2017 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 9 (Oct. 31)

By Katie Green, Manager of Athletic Communications and Media

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Katie Placke of Hastings (Neb.) and Summer Jansen and Jamie Gesink of Dordt (Iowa) were named as the NAIA women’s volleyball players of the week, announced the national office on Tuesday. Placke, Jansen and Gesink were selected based on their performances from October 23-29, and were chosen out of a pool of conference, Association of Independent Institutions and unaffiliated group winners.

Attacker of the Week
Katie Placke, Hastings (Neb.)
5-11, SR, S/OH, Grand Island, Neb.  

  • Placke assisted her team in an undefeated week with wins over then-No. 9 Midland (Neb.) and then-No. 3 Northwestern (Iowa).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 27 kills
    • 3.38 kills/set
    • 0.339 attack percentage
    • Notched a double-double (11 kills – 11 digs) against then-No. 9 Midland

Defender of the Week
Summer Jansen, Dordt (Iowa)
5-10, SR, DS, Sheldon, Iowa  

  • Jansen helped her team to a 3-0, undefeated week. Two of the three teams were ranked in the Top 25.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 63 digs
    • 5.73 digs/set
    • Zero reception errors in 11 sets (52 attempts)
    • Week-high 35 digs vs then-No. 9 Midland

Setter of the Week
Jamie Gesink, Dordt (Iowa)
5-9, JR, S, Sioux Center, Iowa

  • Recorded two double-doubles against then-No.9 Midland (46 assists, 19 digs) and then against then-No. 23 Bellevue (Neb.) (39 assists, 14 digs).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 124 assists
    • 11.27 assists/set
    • Added six kills, two aces and eight assisted blocks to her stat line.


For more information on NAIA women’s Volleyball, click here.

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

Attacker of the Week Nominees: Caroline Clifford, Columbia (Mo.); Tessa Colden, Reinhardt (Ga.); Rachael Schaefer, UC Merced; Amber Parker, Corban (Ore.); Ashley Mcclintock, Indiana South Bend; Cassidy Rammel, Saint Francis (Ind.); Angela Molesworth, Montana Tech; Regan Tate, The Master's (Calif.); Kayla Black, Xavier (La.); Marina Sanches, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Alex Spears, College of the Ozarks (Mo.); Amy Horner, Tabor (Kan.); Caroline Ricks, Georgetown (Ky.); Maya Roberts, Viterbo (Wis.); Taylor Barnes, Wiley (Texas); Nyssa Baker, IU Kokomo; Paulyae Dawkins, SAGU (Texas); Sidney Szorc, Middle Georgia State; Carly Durr, St. Thomas (Fla.); Stephanie Hanewold, University of Northwestern Ohi 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Madisson Williams, Lyon (Ark.); Gabriana Nichols, Point (Ga.); Caitlan Sammons, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Alysanne Van Dyke, Northwest (Wash.); Danielle Oeverman, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Valorie Flick, Saint Francis (Ind.); Sabrina Hopcroft, Montana Tech; Hannah Hudson, Menlo (Calif.); Anna Dalla Vecchia, Xavier (La.); Cristina Viera, Peru State (Neb.); Andrea Novakovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan; Tara Routliffe, Cumberlands (Ky.); Baylee Gross, Viterbo (Wis.); Karina Grajeda, Southwest (N.M.); Lindi Thomas, IU Kokomo; Beth Brankle, John Brown (Ark.); Jocelyn Mahayag, Mobile (Ala.) ; Michelle Calderon, Webber International (Fla.); Mackenzie Vallad, Cornerstone (Mich.) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Yamilet Velazquez, Columbia (Mo.); Kellee Geren, Milligan (Tenn.); Audrey Baldwin, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Morgan Pilon, Northwest (Wash.); Dani Van Laten, Trinity Christian (Ill.) ; Maria Pelak, Saint Francis (Ind.); Natalie Hilderman, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kayla Sims, The Master's (Calif.); Eva Le Guillou, Xavier (La.); Shannon Peters, Central Methodist (Mo.); Govanna Rosado, Fisher (Mass.); Adriana Skipper, Ottawa (Kan.); Kassidy Rauh, Georgetown (Ky.); Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.); Alexia Souza, Wiley (Texas); Danielle Mitchell, Indiana East; Sasha Robinson, Texas Wesleyan; Annie Kate Hudson, Mobile (Ala.); Carlee Baxter, Webber International (Fla.); Hope Leppink, Cornerstone (Mich.)


2017-18 Women's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (Attacker, Defender, Setter)

Week 1 (September 06): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.) , Summer Jansen, Dordt (Iowa) , Jamie Gesink, Dordt (Iowa)
Week 2 (September 13): Ema Altena, Dordt (Iowa) , Joely Roe, Presentation (S.D.) , Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)
Week 3 (September 20): Anna Kiel, Northwestern (Iowa) , Haley Damian, Northwest Christian (Ore.) , Alyssa Arnold, John Brown (Ark.)
Week 4 (September 27): Jackie van Vliet, College of Idaho , Banner Rodgers, Indiana Wesleyan , Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.)
Week 5 (October 04): Anna Kiel, Northwestern (Iowa) , Dani Chase, Oklahoma City , Lacey Wacker, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 6 (October 11): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.) , Marisa Spetoskey, Aquinas (Mich.) , Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.)
Week 7 (October 18): Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.) , Joely Roe, Presentation (S.D.) , Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.)
Week 8 (October 25): Amanda Hawkins, Madonna (Mich.) , Sara Miller, Grace (Ind.) , Amelia Grahn, Viterbo (Wis.)
Week 9 (November 01): Katie Placke, Hastings (Neb.) , Summer Jansen, Dordt (Iowa) , Jamie Gesink, Dordt (Iowa)