2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 6 (Oct. 9)

2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 6 (Oct. 9)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ema Altena of Dordt (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Alyssa Rupert of Milligan (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Jamie De Jager of Dordt has been named the NAIA National Volleyball Setter of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. The trio was selected based on their performances from Oct. 1-7 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Ema Altena, Dordt
6-0, SR, OH, Sioux Center, Iowa

  • Altena posted double-digit kills in all three matches she competed in last week. The outside hitter led the charge against No. 4 Viterbo (Wis.) with 19 kills. The Iowa native notched two double-doubles against Viterbo (19 kills, 10 digs) and St. Mary (Neb.) (13 kills, 11 digs).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 50 kills
    • 4.55 kills/set
    • 0.374 attack percentage
    • Also added 25 digs, two service aces and nine assisted blocks to her stat line

Defender of the Week
Alyssa Rupert, Milligan
5-6, SR, DS, Kingsport, Tenn.  

  • Rupert is No. 1 in the nation in digs/set. The libero helped her team extend its win streak to seven matches.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 91 digs
    • 9.10 digs/set
    • 0.914 reception percentage
    • 0.955 service percentage

Setter of the Week
Jamie De Jager, Dordt
5-9, SR, Setter, Sioux Center, Iowa

  • Jager posted one double-double on the week in the Defenders win over No. 4 Viterbo with 47 assists and 17 digs.
  • Weekly Stats
    • 130 assists
    • 11.82 assists/set
    • 25 digs, 2.27 average
    • Also contributed four aces, 10 total blocks (one solo) and six kills


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Attacker of the Week Nominees: Caterina Cigarini, Missouri Baptist; Tessa Colden, Reinhardt (Ga.); Dominique Andrews, UC Merced; Taylor Alexander, College of Idaho; Kacie Stoll, Trinity Christian (Ill.); Caylie Teel, Grace (Ind.); Kelsey Shaver, Providence (Mont.); Samantha Neely, Westmont (Calif.); Megan Besecker, Tougaloo (Miss.); Kayla Budgins, Clarke (Iowa); Alliyah Richards, Haskell (Kan.); Alliyah Richards, Haskell (Kan.); Kendyl Estes, Kansas Wesleyan; Liz Mann, Life (Ga.) ; Clarissa Olson, Valley City State (N.D.); Tiara Thompson, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Nyssa Baker, IU Kokomo (Ind.); Amber Daniel, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Mirella Gatterdam, Mobile (Ala.); Abbie Seward, Keiser (Fla.); Kendra Zwart, Cornerstone (Mich.) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Rachel Luebbers, Missouri Baptist; Jaysonna Johnson, UC Merced; Jackie Van Vliet, College of Idaho; Alex Ewalt, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Ariene Butler, Huntington (Ind.); Dylan Fowler, Montana Western; Lucyanna Herrera, Menlo (Calif.); Aubrey Drake, Dordt (Iowa); Beatrice Formilan, Xavier (La.); Lauren Stopko, Mount Mercy (Iowa) ; Sophia Honahni, Haskell (Kan.); Katy Koepke, Saint Mary (Kan.); Marin Black, Life (Ga.); Jayden Warner, Mayville State (N.D.); Arianna Brooks, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Ashlee Simpson, Midway (Ky.); Baleigh Murphy, Southwestern Christian (Okla.); Gillian Tripp, William Carey (Miss.); Keniah Rivera Santiago, Southeastern (Fla.); Kendra Zwart, Cornerstone (Mich.) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.); Kellee Geren, Milligan (Tenn.); Hannah Castillo, UC Merced; Kealia Rosa, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Alexis Engst, St. Francis (Ill.); Alexa Hill, Grace (Ind.); Aliyah Williams, Carroll (Mont.); Amy Buffham, Westmont (Calif.); Jovana Koldzic, Dillard (La.); Trystin Luneckas, Grand View (Iowa); Natie Manolo, Fisher (Mass.); Morgan Berry, Ottawa (Kan.); Autumn Proctor, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jana Mehus, Mayville State (N.D.); Anissa Tamez, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Julia Menosky, Point Park (Pa.); Taylor Horton, Oklahoma City; Katie Musser, Faulkner (Ala.); Ashley Kot, Coastal Georgia; Kristi Doherty, Lawrence Tech (Mich.)


2018-19 Women's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (Attacker, Defender, Setter)

Week 1 (September 05): Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.), Alyssa Rupert, Milligan (Tenn.), Danna Gomes, Park (Mo.) 

Week 2 (September 12): Rachel Gregg, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Alexandra Reid, Sterling (Kan.), Morgan Berry, Ottawa (Kan.) 

Week 3 (September 19): Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern (Iowa), Valorie Flick, Saint Francis (Ind.), Marija Djonovic, College of Idaho 

Week 4 (September 26): Lauryn Hilger, Northwestern (Iowa), Samantha Korn, Taylor (Ind.), Jamie De Jager, Dordt (Iowa) 

Week 5 (October 03): Caterina Cigarini, Missouri Baptist, Alex Ewalt, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.) 
Week 6 (October 10): Ema Altena, Dordt (Iowa), Alyssa Rupert, Milligan (Tenn.), Jamie De Jager, Dordt (Iowa)


Source: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


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