PROVIDENCE, R.I. â?" Cincinnati senior Stephanie Niemer led the conference in both hitting percentage and kills to claim her fifth straight BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week honor. Louisvilleâ?TM
s Emily Juhl earned Freshman of the Week for the first time this season. Niemer is the first player in the history of the BIG EAST to be named Player of the Week five consecutive times.
Niemer earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after leading the conference in both kills (6.50 per set) and hitting percentage (.578) last week. The senior helped the Bearcats to straight-set wins over DePaul on Oct. 8 and Notre Dame on Oct. 10, helping the squad break the school record for consecutive set wins with 27. Cincinnati has not dropped a set since Sept. 17 against Illinois. Niemer averaged 7.17 points per set and also totaled 11 digs for the weekend. The Erlanger, Ky., native committed just two errors on 64 swings last week, totaling 19 kills against DePaul on Oct. 8 and 20 kills against Notre Dame on Oct. 10.
Cincinnati remains No. 21 to in the latest AVCA Coachesâ?TM
Poll. The Bearcats have appeared in the poll four consecutive weeks. It is the longest streak for a BIG EAST team since St. Johnâ?TM
s made 10 straight appearances in 2007.
Juhl earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for the first time this season after helping the Cardinals to a 2-0 week with wins over Notre Dame on Oct. 9 and DePaul on Oct. 10. Juhl led all freshmen with 3.86 kills per set while hitting .396. She had a career-high 16 kills, hitting .406 and recording her fourth double-double with 12 digs in a win over Notre Dame on Oct. 9. The Louisville, Ky., native had a team-high 11 kills to go with seven digs against DePaul on Oct. 10. She averaged 2.71 digs for the week.
Notre Dame had its 19-match regular season conference winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to Louisville on Oct. 9. It was the sixth-longest active winning streak in the nation. Marquette head coach Bond Shymansky won his 200th career match on Oct. 9 with a win over St. Johnâ?TM
s. He has a career record of 201-83 (.708). Connecticut senior Rebecca Murray notched her 1,000th career kill against Syracuse on Oct. 8.