2019 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Players of the Week — No. 4 (Oct. 1)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Makenzie Fink of Northwestern (Iowa) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Attacker of the Week, Sam Rice of Vanguard (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week and Lacey Wacker of Northwestern 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 Sept. 23 – 29 and were chosen out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution winners.
Attacker of the Week
Makenzie Fink, Northwestern
6-1, JR, RS, Lanark, Ill.
- Fink helped her team to a 3-0 week while handing No. 13 Jamestown (N.D.) its first conference loss of the season.
- Weekly Stats
- 40 kills, 4.00 kills/set
- 0.420 attack percentage
- Also added nine digs, four aces and five assisted blocks
Defender of the Week
Sam Rice, Vanguard
5-5, SR, L, Temecula, Calif.
- Rice had a week-high of 34 digs vs No. 25 The Master’s (Calif.), just four digs away from her season-high.
- Weekly Stats
- 60 digs, 6.00 average
- 0.973 reception percentage
- Also added 17 assists and three aces
Setter of the Week
Lacey Wacker, Northwestern
5-9, JR, S, Jackson, Minn.
- Wacker notched the second-highest assists game total in her career with 63 assists against Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
- Weekly Stats
- 134 assists
- 13.40 assists/set
- 25 digs, 2.50 average
- Also contributed one kill, five aces and five assisted blocks
Nominees: Caterina Cigarini, Missouri Baptist; Katie Kendrick, Bluefield (Va.); Sualua Pepe, Antelope Valley (Calif.); Megan Bunn, Eastern Oregon; Nadia Atton, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Skyler Van Note, Marian (Ind.); Tori Edwards, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Regan Tate, The Master's (Calif.); Desire Neal, Dillard (La.); Jordan Wolfe, Central Methodist (Mo.); Ryann Reed, Fisk (Tenn.); Kanami Ellis, Southwestern (Kan.); Lena Pucnik, Life (Ga.); Kyra Platzek, Waldorf (Iowa); Tiara Thompson, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Taylor Small, Point Park (Pa.); Alexis Mealer, SAGU (Texas ; Hannah Mcgowan, Bethel (Tenn.); Kalameli Matautia, Webber International (Fla.); Jodie Kelly, Madonna (Mich.)
Nominees: Celina Monteiro, Park (Mo.); Rheagan Kean, Bryan (Tenn.); Sharik Joseph, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.); Stefanie Puczek, Judson (Ill.); Ellie Ruby, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Ayla Embry, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Grace Whitlaw, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Taylor Mcgee, Xavier (La.); Cameryn Campbell, William Penn (Iowa); Isabel Hinkeldey, Kansas Wesleyan; Samantha Lincoln, Georgetown (Ky.); Jayden Warner, Mayville State (N.D.); Mir Tillman, Huston-Tillotson (Texas); Sawyer Hawgood, WVU Tech; Isabel Harwell, Oklahoma City; Hayley Brisendine, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Yorelis Rios Gonzalez, Coastal Georgia; Dj Sargent, Madonna (Mich.)
Nominees: Luisa Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Julia Felix, Point (Ga.); Annabelle Somoza, Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.); Madison Pilon, Eastern Oregon; Cassidy Wyman, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Alex Falcone, Indiana Wesleyan; Natalie Hilderman, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Katie Emmerling, The Master's (Calif.); Tiffany Phillips, Xavier (La.); Trystin Luneckas, Grand View (Iowa); Katherine Rodriguez, Fisher (Mass.); Allison Bauer, Ottawa (Kan.); Taylor Parrish, Life (Ga.); Elisabeth Tramm, Waldorf (Iowa); Alexia Souza, Wiley (Texas); Brittney Just, Brescia (Ky.); Sophia Salak, Oklahoma City; Gillian Tripp, William Carey (Miss.); Brooklyn Vandehei, Keiser (Fla.); Yasmin Assis, Lourdes (Ohio)
2019-20 Women's Volleyball Composite Award Winners (Attacker, Defender, Setter)
Week 1 (September 11): Marci Miller, Indiana Wesleyan, Megan Hawley, Marian (Ind.), Tara Callahan, Concordia (Neb.)
Week 2 (September 18): Anna Wedel, Northwestern (Iowa), Mary Zimmerman, Life (Ga.), Taylor Parrish, Life (Ga.)
Week 3 (September 25): Rebecca Frick, Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), Ariana Macies, Missouri Baptist, Alex Falcone, Indiana Wesleyan
Week 4 (October 02): Makenzie Fink, Northwestern (Iowa), Sam Rice, Vanguard (Calif.), Lacey Wacker, Northwestern (Iowa)