Notebook: SMSU Sweeps Awards
KILLING THEM SOFTLY: Northwood Universitys Gorana Maricic knocked down 7.78 kills per game and posted a .420 hitting percentage as she led the Timberwolves to wins over Findlay and Ashland.
Maricic tallied 38 kills against Findlay " the most of any Division II player in a match this season " and added 32 in the Ashland win as she earned Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II National Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore outside hitter from Subotica, Serbia-Montenegro, averaged 2.00 digs, 0.22 blocks and 8.6 points per game in the two matches.
Maricic also garnered Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Northern Division Player of the Week as Northwood moved into second-place in the division standings. The Timberwolves have won three straight and six of their last seven matches.
SWEEPING UP: No. 12 Florida Southern improved its winning streak to eight matches last week with wins over Saint Leo, defending NCAA champion Barry and Nova Southeastern as the Moccasins took ownership of second-place in the Sunshine State Conference standings. All of the Moccasins' victories during the winning streak have been in three games.
The Moccasins began the week with a win over Saint Leo on Oct. 5 to give head coach Jill Stephens the 100th win of her career. After the Moccasins downed Barry for the first time in 11 tries, and then swept Nova Southeastern, Stephens upped her all-time record to 102-59 over the last five seasons.
UNBEATEN: No. 9 Cal Poly Pomona remained unbeaten this season with a three-game sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 5 as the Broncos extended its school-record start to 17 matches. The Broncos are the only team without a loss in Division II this year.
Cal Poly Pomona is also riding a school-record winning streak after finishing up the first round of California Collegiate Athletic Association action with an undefeated record for the first time in program history.
RIDING HIGH: Southwest Minnesota State swept the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference weekly awards as Erin Contons and Sarah Quiram were selected Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in a league win over Wayne State on Oct. 5.
Contons, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn., posted 28 kills, 14 digs and three blocks while hitting .291 to earn the award for the third time of her career. Her 28 kills were just two short of the school record for kills in a match. Quiram, a redshirt freshman from LeSueur, Minn., recorded a team-high 21 digs, the fourth time this year she has tallied 20-plus digs in a match.
The Mustangs also held on to their first-ever CSTV/AVCA national ranking for the second straight week after earning the No. 24 spot in the Oct. 3 poll. SMSU has won seven straight matches.
NOTABLE: No. 19 Lock Haven extended its winning streak to a school-record 38 games with sweeps against Cheyney and Kutztown on Oct. 8. The Lady Eagles have not lost a single game since Sept. 13 at Indiana (Pa.) ¦ No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney stands on top of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a 10-0 mark after downing Adams State and Fort Lewis last weekend. The Lopers have won 14 straight matches ¦ Washburn setter Carolyn Raynes posted a career-high 60 assists against Central Arkansas, and averaged 13.40 assists as the No. 10 Lady Blues went 4-0 in the Henderson State/Ouachita Baptist Classic last weekend. Raynes was selected Wilson®/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Volleyball Specialist of the Week for her efforts.