2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 8 (Oct. 23)

2018 NAIA Women's Volleyball Players of the Week ? No. 8 (Oct. 23)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bojana Antunovic of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Nayrelis Pantoja Santos of Webber International (Fla.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Manuela Vargas of Columbia (Mo.) 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. 15-21 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.

Attacker of the Week
Bojana Antunovic, Freed-Hardeman
6-0, SR, MB, Indjija, Serbia

  • Antunovic recorded two double-doubles in each of the contests her team competed in this week against Central Baptist (Ark.) (18 kills, 18 digs) and Lyon (Ark.) (21 kills, 12 digs).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 39 kills
    • 5.57 kills/set
    • 0.397 attack percentage
    • Also added 30 digs and four assisted blocks to her stat line

Defender of the Week
Nayrelis Pantoja Santos, Webber International
5-6, JR, OH, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

  • Santos helped her team to a 2-1 week and recorded double-digit digs in each contest. The defensive specialist recorded a career-high 45 digs against Southeastern (Fla.).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 110 digs
    • 8.46 digs/set
    • Also contributed nine assists

Setter of the Week
Manuela Vargas, Columbia
5-9, JR, S, Medellin, Colombia

  • Vargas posted a week-high 50 assists against No. 1 Park (Mo.) when the Cougars forced the Pirates to a fifth set for the first time this season. The setter logged two double-doubles against Park (50 assists, 21 digs) and No. 21 Central Methodist (Mo.) (43 assists, 18 digs).
  • Weekly Stats
    • 182 assists
    • 11.38 assists/set
    • 56 digs, 3.50 average
    • Also contributed four aces, nine assisted blocks and seven kills


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Attacker of the Week Nominees: Kaylah Sloop, St. Andrews (N.C.); Kiana Krumm, La Sierra (Calif.); Megan Van Marter, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Dunja Tatic, Governors State (Ill.); Kristen Osborn, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Olivia L'ami, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Cassidy Rea, Westmont (Calif.); Rebecca Frick, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.); Desire Neal, Dillard (La.); Kelsey Redmond, Grand View (Iowa); Lia Aime, Fisher (Mass.); Shaelyn Martin, Kansas Wesleyan; Madison Mudd, Georgetown (Ky.); Barbara Briceno, Dakota State (S.D.); Bresha Orange, St. Thomas (Texas); Lexi Gentry, Indiana East (Ind.); Lindsey Davis, John Brown (Ark.); Rachael Gunn, Bethel (Tenn.); Kyra White, Coastal Georgia; Kendra Zwart, Cornerstone (Mich.) 

Defender of the Week Nominees: Thais Andrade, Columbia (Mo.); Violeta Konculic, Union (Ky.); Erin Clark, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Ashley Pagan, College of Idaho; Alex Lambros, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Bridget Downs, Bethel (Ind.); Ayla Carpenter, Carroll (Mont.); Brooklynn Cheney, Westmont (Calif.); Allison Kuenle, Doane (Neb.); Megan Besecker, Tougaloo (Miss.); Olivia Brees, Baker (Kan.); Jamie Siess, McPherson (Kan.); Tara Routliffe, Cumberlands (Ky.); Madi Evans, Bellevue (Neb.); Lauren Fernandez-miller, St. Thomas (Texas); Samantha Wigfield, Indiana East (Ind.); Jenna Lowery, John Brown (Ark.); Julianne Wilkes, Faulkner (Ala.); Karly Morris, Aquinas (Mich.) 

Setter of the Week Nominees: Julia Felix, Point (Ga.); Angala Jensen, La Sierra (Calif.); Kealia Rosa, Warner Pacific (Ore.); Cassidy Wyman, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Payton Anderson, Bethel (Ind.); Natalie Hilderman, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Amy Buffham, Westmont (Calif.); Sarah Klobuchar, Doane (Neb.); Alexandra Jwainat, Tougaloo (Miss.); Shannon Peters, Central Methodist (Mo.); Lia Aime, Fisher (Mass.); Jana Boston, Friends (Kan.); Lynsey Short, Cumberlands (Ky.); Olivia Galas, Bellevue (Neb.); Alexia Souza, Wiley (Texas); Cali Topolski, Indiana East (Ind.); Taylor Horton, Oklahoma City; Sydney Arnold, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Ashley Kot, Coastal Georgia; Kayla Clark, Cornerstone (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) 

Week 7 (October 17): Devon Heitkamp, University of Northwestern Ohio, Christa Veenstra, Trinity Christian (Ill.), Amy Buffham, Westmont (Calif.) 

Week 8 (October 24): Bojana Antunovic, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Nayrelis Pantoja Santos, Webber International (Fla.), Manuela Vargas, Columbia (Mo.)