Notebook: Tigers Upset Tennessee
TIGER TALES: Missouris Lindsey Hunter led the Tigers to one of the biggest upsets in the nation last week as they swept No. 9 Tennessee at the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. " the only sweep of a top 10 opponent in school history. Mizzou also defeated Utah in three games in the tournament.
Hunter recorded 100 assists in the two matches, including 55 against the Lady Volunteers, and averaged 16.67 assists per game to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. The senior from Papillion, Neb., also contributed 11 digs, three block assists, three kiss and three service aces in the tournament.
The Tigers jumped seven spots to No. 14 in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 " their highest ranking in program history. The teams previous high was No. 18 in 2003.
LIONS ROAR: Senior libero Kaleena Walters garnered her second straight Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping Penn State to a pair of victories over top 10 opponents last weekend.
Walters, a native of Mt. Lebanon, Pa., led the Nittany Lions to wins over then-No. 7 Southern California, then-No. 4 Hawaii and Western Michigan in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic in Honolulu. Penn State moved up to No. 4 in the latest CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 as a result of the successful weekend.
Walters posted 72 digs for an average of 6.0 per game and is just 178 digs short of the schools career record.
The Nittany Lions travel to top-ranked Nebraska to participate in the Players Challenge against the Huskers, Pepperdine and Pacific on Sept. 9-11.
NICE START: With a pair of victories at The Inn at Saint Marys Shamrock Invitational, including an upset of then-No. 11 Texas, Notre Dame has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2002. The Irish also defeated Arizona State to win the championship of the tournament giving the nations coaches plenty of reasons to put UND at No. 19 in this weeks CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll.
A pair of Notre Dame players were awarded for their stellar play last week as senior middle blocker Lauren Brewster and freshman outside hitter Mallorie Croal earned BIG EAST Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Brewster led all players in kills with 46 and blocks with 15, and posted the second highest hitting percentage at .310 to earn the tournaments Most Valuable Player. The native of Brentwood, Tenn., also pitched in 10 digs, two assists and a service ace to garner the award for a school record seventh time. After being thrown into a starting role due to a teammates injury, Croal tallied 15 kills and 10 digs against the Longhorns. She followed that performance with 15 kills and 22 digs against the Sun Devils.
NOTABLE: Arizona senior Jennifer Abernathy earned MVP honors of the University Plaza Wildcat Classic after averaging 4.67 kills on .400 hitting, 1.78 digs, 0.89 blocks and 0.44 service aces in sweeps over Winthrop, Georgia Tech and Northwestern last weekend¦ Freshman Jordan Larson posted 19 kills and 19 digs to help No. 1 Nebraska to a 3-2 win against No. 5 Minnesota on Sept. 5. It was the Huskers (5-0) third win against a top five team this year, and their 12th straight win against a Big Ten opponent ¦ Both the Pac-10 and Big Ten Conferences have four teams ranked in the top 12 in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll.