PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSIVE Laura Iwuchukwu, West Texas A&M
University, SR, Edmond, Okla., Edmond North Iwuchukwu started off the 2013
season on a strong note this past weekend as she led the #10 Lady Buffs to the
BritKare Lady Buff Classic Championship with a perfect 4-0 record following a
season opening sweep of CSU-Pueblo on Thursday night as WT starts off the season
5-0. The Edmond, Oklahoma native registered 39 kills to average 2.44 per set for
a hitting percentage of .438 to go along with 13.5 total blocks to average an
impressive 1.56 per set. Iwuchukwu registered 14 kills on Friday morning in the
tournament opener against UT-Permian Basin to go along with two total blocks and
three digs in a Lady Buff sweep of the Falcons.
Maddie Huth, Angelo State
University, SR, The Colony, Texas, The Colony HS Huth picked up right where
she left off as an AVCA All-American last season with a dominant performance
throughout the ASU Invitational. Huth was named the tournament MVP after having
41 kills, 16 blocks and a .317 hitting percentage in 13 sets played. Huth helped
lead the Belles to a 4-0 record at the invitational, including having 15 kills
against Dallas Baptist in the season opener.
DEFENSIVE Shelby Wilt,
Angelo State University, JR, Dalhart, Texas, Dalhart HS Wilt validated her
LSC Preseason Defensive Player of the Week recognition right away by leading the
Belle defense throughout its four matches at the ASU Invitational. Wilt led the
Belles with 56 digs (4 per set) and had only two errors throughout the weekend.
Wilt, who played the majority of the time at libero, also saw time at setter and
had 26 assists. Not known for her blocking, she did provide a nice solo block in
ASU's five-set victory over Arkansas Fort Smith in the final match of the
invitational. She now has 1,290 digs in her career which is only a weekend into
her junior season.
Kaitlyn Molloy, Midwestern State University, JR,
Litchfield, Ariz., Graham-Kapowsin HS (Spanaway, Wash.) Molloy proved to be a
triple threat as the 5-8, 6-rotation middle blocker played a key role in
Midwestern State's defensive efforts as the Mustangs came away with a 4-0 mark
and the team title at the MSU/Hampton Inn-vitaitonal. The transfer from North
Idaho averaged 0.69 blocks per set at the net then showed her athleticism with
3.62 digs per set while playing on the back row. Molloy's efforts spurred a
defense which limited the opposition to a .095 team hitting percentage. The
aggressive server added six service aces for good
SETTER Jordan Neal, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR,
Joshua, Texas, Joshua HS Neal continued to anchor the Lion offensive attack,
dishing out 155 assists in four matches while adding a team-high six service
aces and 20 points as A&M-Commerce posted a perfect 4-0 mark at the HSU
tournament. Neal opened up the season with 53 helpers against
Alabama-Huntsville, followed by 28 assists and three aces against the host Lady
Reddies. Neal then posted back-to-back 30 assist matches on Saturday, dishing
out 35 against Christian Brothers and 39 against Southwest Baptist. Neal also
added 10 kills while hitting .471 with seven blocks and 40 digs, recording three
double-doubles in four matches over the weekend.
Kayla Rivero, Texas
Woman's University, JR, McKinney, Texas, McKinney Rivero led the team with 90
assists in a 6-2 offense. She led all four games in assists and recorded two
double-doubles. Rivero posted 28 assists and 12 digs in an upset win over #23
Adams State and then added 21 assists and 14 digs against St. Edward's. She also
had 32 assists against St. Mary's.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSIVE Kathleen Keoughan, Angelo State University,
FR, Midfield, Fort Worth, Texas, Nolan Catholic HS Keoughan had a strong
start to her collegiate career, scoring a goal in her first game against New
Mexico Highlands and another goal in the third game of the season against
Wayland Baptist. The freshman midfielder scored in the first game just three
minutes into it off a double assist from fellow freshmen Chloe Contreras and
Kelli Regan. Her goal on Sunday against Wayland Baptist was unassisted and put
the final point on the board in a 3-0 Angelo State win.
DEFENSIVE Vicky Back, Texas A&M University - Commerce, FR, York,
England Back led the defense that held Fort Lewis scoreless for over 100
minutes in a double overtime loss. She helped shut down Mesa to only one goal
and five shots on goal on the road.