Week 5 Release (PDF)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Cincinnati senior Stephanie Niemer was named BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week for the third straight time, while Notre Dame freshman Andrea McHugh was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday. Niemer's award makes it the fourth consecutive week that a Bearcat player has been named the league's player of the week. For McHugh, it is the second time this season that she has earned freshman of the week.
Niemer earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors for the fifth time in her career after leading the Bearcats to a 3-0 record last week, including a 2-0 start in BIG EAST play. The senior helped Cincinnati to straight-set victories over Morehead State, Seton Hall and Rutgers, averaging a conference-best 5.67 kills per set. Niemer started the week with an 18-kill, six-dig performance against Morehead State on Sept. 21. She registered a double-double with 20 kills and 10 digs in the BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall on Sept. 24. The Erlanger, Ky., native followed that with 13 kills, six digs and three blocks against Rutgers on Sept. 26.
The three victories boosted Cincinnati from No. 25 to No. 22 in the latest AVCA Coaches' Poll. It is the highest ranking for a BIG EAST squad in the national poll since Nov. 5, 2007 when Louisville was ranked No. 17.
McHugh earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for the second time this season after helping the Irish to a 2-0 record in the opening weekend of BIG EAST play. Notre Dame rode McHugh's play during a 3-0 sweep of West Virginia on Sept. 24, as the freshman registered 16 kills and 13 digs for the fifth double-double of her career. Seven of those kills came in the third set when Notre Dame rallied from a 24-20 deficit to capture the win. She then posted nine kills and seven digs in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 26. McHugh finished the weekend averaging 4.17 kills and 3.33 digs per set.
Seton Hall senior Sarah Osmun broke the school's career record for kills, and has totaled 1,384 during her time with the Pirates. Osmun had a big weekend, recording 17 kills and 10 digs against Cincinnati on Sept. 24 and 21 kills in a win against Louisville on Sept. 26. It was the Pirates' first win over the Cardinals.
Weekly Honor Roll:
Allie Boaz, USF, Sr., RS
Led the Bulls to wins over Marquette and previously unbeaten Syracuse. Averaged 3.62 kills per set.
Vanessa Dorismond, Georgetown, Sr., MB
Recorded 13 kills in each of the Hoyas' three matches last week. Averaged 2.79 kills while hitting .327 in a 2-1 week.
Imani Harper, Pittsburgh, Sr., MH
Registered 19 kills and 10 blocks in win over George Washington and 21 kills in win over DePaul.
Kim Maroon, Villanova, Jr., L
Averaged 7.00 digs per set, including registering a season-best 29 digs at Connecticut. Helped VU to a 2-0 week.
Sarah Osmun, Seton Hall, Sr., OH
Broke the Seton Hall career record for kills - now has 1,384. Had 21 kills in program's first-ever win against Louisville.