Marquette's Mertens Earns BIG EAST Player of the Week Honors


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Holly Mertens of Marquette was named BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week for week six as the Golden Eagles went 2-0 with wins over Notre Dame and DePaul. Villanova's Emma Pettit received BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors, recording two double-doubles in a 2-0 week for the Wildcats.


Mertens led Marquette in a 3-2 win over Notre Dame on Sept. 29. The senior tallied career highs in kills and blocks with 20 and nine respectively. She followed that effort with a 13-kill performance against DePaul on Sept. 30 on .667 hitting with only one error. For the week, Mertens averaged 4.12 kills per set with a .592 hitting percentage. 


Pettit registered two double-doubles in wins over Rutgers and Seton Hall, handing Seton Hall its first BIG EAST loss of the season and just its second overall. In the win over Rutgers on Sept. 28, Pettit dished out 43 assists with 16 digs and five kills. Against the Pirates on Sept. 30, the freshman added another double-double with 39 assists and 12 digs. In the two wins, she averaged 9.11 assists and 3.11 digs per set.


Weekly Honor Roll:

Becca Refenes, Cincinnati, Sr., MB

Refenes recorded two double-doubles in two matches while averaging 3.62 kills and 2.50 digs per set.

Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Sr., OH

Arslanbekova averaged 5.43 kills and 2.57 digs per set in two wins. Notched a double-double with 26 kills and 14 digs against USF on Sept. 28.

Ashley Boursiquot, St. John's, So., MB/RH

Boursiquot tallied 10 kills on just 11 attempts without recording an error to register a .909 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep over Connecticut on Sept. 29.

Shelbey Manthorpe, Seton Hall, So., S

Manthorpe registered a triple-double with 16 kills, 24 assists and 17 digs against Villanova on Sept. 30 and tallied 12 kills, 22 assists and eight digs in a win over Georgetown on Sept. 28.

Erin Fairs, USF, Fr., OH

Fairs posted two double-doubles with a 17-kill, 15-dig performance against No. 17 Louisville on Sept. 28 followed by a 15-kill, 20-dig performance in a 3-2 win against Cincinnati on Sept. 30.