release courtesy of the BIG EAST Conference
NEW YORK –
Marquette's Hope Werch
and Martha Konovodoff
have received the BIG EAST Volleyball Offensive and Defensive weekly awards, respectively. Creighton's Kari Zumach takes home the Freshman weekly nod. This is the first for Werch, while Konovodoff adds a third recognition this season. Zumach has been chosen as the top rookie of the week for a second time.
The No. 18 Golden Eagles (22-5, 12-2 BIG EAST) move back up to their highest ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll after picking up wins on the road over two teams tied for fourth in the league, Villanova and Georgetown. Marquette remains second in the BIG EAST behind frontrunner Creighton (22-4, 14-0). The ninth-ranked Bluejays swept both third-place St. John's and Seton Hall on the road to stay unbeaten in conference play and extended its winning streak to 14 matches. Both teams secured their place in the 2018 BIG EAST Volleyball Championship presented by Jeep over the weekend.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
Hope Werch, Marquette, So., OH (Neenah, Wis.)
Werch helped lead the Golden Eagles offensively to an undefeated road weekend at Villanova and Georgetown. She averaged 4.71 points, 3.43 kills and 1.86 digs per set while hitting .347. Against the Wildcats, Werch produced a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. She also added a match-high eight service aces, which is the most for a BIG EAST player in a single match this season. Werch tied a match-high 13 kills, along with three digs in a win at Georgetown.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Martha Konovodoff, Marquette, So., L (Sugar Grove, Ill.)
Defensively, Konovodoff was very effective in Marquette's two weekend road victories. She helped hold Villanova and Georgetown to a league-best .133 hitting, while averaging 5.43 digs per set. She had a match-high 20 digs, four aces and a pair of assists in a win over the Wildcats. Konovodoff followed that with another match-high 18 digs and six assists in a victory against the Hoyas.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Kari Zumach, Creighton, Fr., RS (Buffalo, Minn.)
Zumach helped Creighton stay unbeaten in league play as she led the team in hitting at .480, the best for a freshman and third among all BIG EAST players for the past week. She averaged 3.25 points, 2.50 kills and 1.33 blocks per set for both away matches. Zumach collected seven kills, two digs and a career-high six blocks in a sweep of St. John's. She garnered eight kills and a pair of digs and blocks each, while hitting a career-high .583 in a three-set win over Seton Hall.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Alyssa Sinnette, Georgetown, Sr., OH (Pearland, Texas)
Sinnette led the league in kills per set over the weekend at 5.00. She also averaged 5.25 points per set as the Hoyas split two matches. In a win versus DePaul, she had a match-high 18 kills and three digs, while hitting .577. Sinnette added a team-high 12 kills and three digs against Marquette.
Amanda Sanabia, St. John's, Jr., L (Annapolis, Md.)
Sanabia helped the Red Storm go 1-1 in their weekend matches by averaging 4.43 digs per set. She totaled a match-high 16 digs in a loss to conference leader Creighton and secured another match-high 15 digs in a four-set win over Providence.
Abby Thelen, Seton Hall, Sr., OH (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.)
Thelen recorded a match-high 20 kills in a four-set win over Providence and tied for another match-high 13 kills and six digs in a loss to Creighton. She averaged 4.71 kills per set, which was second-best in the BIG EAST over the two matches, along with 5.21 points per set.
Allie Olsonoski, Villanova, Jr., MB (New Orleans, La.)
Olsonoski helped the Wildcats split a pair of matches as she averaged 3.31 points and 2.62 kills per set, while hitting .526. She collected nine kills, five digs, and three blocks and hit .421 in a loss to Marquette. Olsonoski then hit .632 and had 12 kills, four blocks and a couple aces and digs in their win over DePaul.
Laura Grossman, Xavier, Sr., OH (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
In just one contest, Grossman gathered a match-high 13 kills to accompany 18 digs for the double-double. The Musketeers won a close match in three sets for the series sweep over Butler.