Sept. 21, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Truman middle blocker Megan Sharpe garnered Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hitter of the Week after leading the Bulldogs to a 2-1 mark last week, including a 3-1 upset of No. 3 Washburn on Sept. 17.

The sophomore from Edwardsville, Ill., averaged 4.00 kills and 1.64 blocks per set while hitting .520 over three matches. The highlight of the week for Sharpe was a career-high 20 kills without an error on 26 total attacks for the 2009 AVCA National Freshman of the Year.

The No. 13 Bulldogs are now 9-2 overall on the season and tied for third in the MIAA with a 2-1 conference mark. Sharpe ranks second in the league with a .385 hitting percentage.

Lewis University opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play with a 2-0 mark, including a key victory over then-No. 9 University of Indianapolis, and the Flyers climbed two spots to No. 8 in the most recent AVCA Division II Top 25 for their successful weekend.

Senior outside hitter Lauren Seliga averaged 4.50 kills, 6.00 digs and 5.33 points per set as the Flyers sweep Saint Josephs and downed UIndy, 3-1. Seliga, a product of St. Louis, Mo., also posted three service aces and four blocks on the weekend, earning GLVC Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

If Lauren keeps playing like this she is going to put up All-American numbers," said head coach Lorelee Smith. "She's also doing a great job as a leader and has worked hard to help the newcomers."

Lewis travels to St. Francis (Ill.) on Sept. 21 for a non-conference match before hosting GLVC foes Quincy and Illinois-Springfield this weekend.

Top-ranked Tampa posted a perfect 4-0 mark last week, sweeping Harding, West Florida, North Alabama and Sunshine State Conference opponent Eckerd to improve to 9-2 on the season.

Setter Meghan Sherman shined for the Spartans, averaging 10.0 assists, 2.0 digs and 0.4 blocks per set while hitting .611 for the week. The senior from Ponte Vedra, Fla., began the week with 29 assists and 10 digs against Eckerd in the squads SSC season opener. Sherman was selected SSC Offensive Player of the Week for her performance.

The Spartans put their four-match winning streak on the line against No. 24 Florida Southern on Sept. 22.

Cal State Monterey Bay notched a pair of upsets against two California Collegiate Athletic Association opponents, including the Otters first-ever victory over UC San Diego.

Outside hitter Rheann Fall played an integral role in the Otters successful weekend, averaging 5.78 kills per set. The junior from Elk Grove, Calif., knocked down a school-record 29 kills along with 21 digs in a 3-2 win over the No. 11 Tritons, and followed it up with 23 kills and 11 digs in a defeat of No. 25 Cal State East Bay. Fall claimed CCAA Player of the Week for her performance.

The Otters, who are receiving votes in the latest AVCA poll, are back in CCAA action at San Francisco State on Sept. 21.

QUICK HITS: Wayne State (Neb.) jumped four spots to No. 3 in the latest AVCA Division II Top 25 after opening Northern Sun Intercollegiate action with a pair of wins over Winona State and Upper Iowa. The Wildcats improved to 10-0 and moved to No. 3 in the national rankings, the highest-ever in program history … Concordia St. Pauls Emily Palkert became just the second player in school history to collect 1,500 kills and 400 blocks in a career as the Golden Bears opened NSIC play with a 2-0 mark. Palkert averaged 4.00 kills and 2.0 blocks per set, earning NSIC Offensive Player of the Week honors. CSP has won 54 consecutive regular season matches in league play, and will look to extend the streak at No. 14 Minnesota State on Sept. 21.