Week 11 Release (pdf)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Villanova redshirt sophomore Morgan Petkovich was named BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week for the first time this season and second time in her career as announced by the conference office on Monday. Louisville freshman Emily Juhl notched BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season, while five teams have locked-up spots in the BIG EAST Championship in Pittsburgh Nov. 19-21. The BIG EAST regular season concludes this week.
Petkovich earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after leading the Wildcats to wins over Notre Dame on Nov. 5 and DePaul on Nov. 7. She is the first Wildcat to win the award since Aug. 31, 2009 when Petkovich also received the honor. The redshirt sophomore recorded double-doubles in both weekend matches, totaling 37 kills and just five errors. Petkovich notched 17 kills and 18 digs against Notre Dame and followed that with a 20-kill, 17-dig performance against DePaul. She was third in the league last week, averaging 4.62 kills per set while ranking ninth with 4.38 digs per set.
Juhl earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors with two impressive performances last week. The Louisville, Ky., native had 13 kills, seven aces and eight digs in a win over West Virginia on Nov. 7. The seven aces were two shy of a school record and tied the BIG EAST season-high for most aces in a match. Juhl also had double-digit kills against Pitt, notching 10 kills with a .409 hitting percentage. The freshman ranked first in the conference in aces per set (1.14) and third in hitting percentage (.444) for the week.
Villanova became the fifth team to clinch a spot in the 2010 BIG EAST Championship after a pair of victories last week. Three spots are still up for grabs with only two teams mathematically eliminated and eight teams vying for a chance to qualify for the Championship.
Marquette earned a 3-0 record last week as the Golden Eagles pushed their winning streak to a school-record 13 matches. In Notre Dame’s three-set loss to then-No. 13 Northern Iowa on Nov. 7, the two teams exceeded the 25-point minimum in all three sets and combined for 160 total points. That is the most points ever for Notre Dame in a three-set match in the 25-point era.
Weekly Honor Roll:
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, So., OH
Ranked second in the conference last week with 4.86 kills per set; recorded 20 kills and nine digs against Pittsburgh.
Allie Boaz, USF, Sr., RS
First in the conference last week with 5.67 kills per set; delivered 19 kills at St. John’s and 15 kills at Connecticut.
Ciara Jones, Marquette, Jr., OH
Career-high 20 kills in win over Seton Hall including a .475 hitting percentage; averaged 4.00 kills per set last week.
Stephanie Niemer, Cincinnati, Sr., OH
Registered a pair of double-doubles with 24 kills and 18 digs at West Virginia and 13 kills and 10 digs at Pittsburgh.
Darlene Ramdin, St. John’s, Jr., OH/MH
Had season-high 20 kills and career-high .643 hitting percentage versus Georgetown; averaged 4.14 kills per set.