Oct. 21, 2013
BIG EAST Weekly Release
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kelli Browning, Creighton, MB, Jr.
Browning helped the Bluejays to wins over Xavier and Butler, which lifted them into first place in the BIG EAST standings with a 5-1 record. She averaged team highs of 3.22 kills, 1.11 blocks and hit .420 for the two matches. In a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Xavier, Browning had 14 kills and five blocks on .458 hitting. In a 3-1 victory over Butler, she posted a match-best 15 kills, tying a season high.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Nele Barber, Marquette, OH, Fr.
Barber registered 12 kills and hit .429 without an error in a 3-0 win against DePaul. In two meetings against the Blue Demons, Barber has hit a combined .443. Marquette is 4-1 in BIG EAST action and plays host to Creighton, Villanova and Georgetown this weekend.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Jess Bird, Creighton, OH, Fr.
Contributed to wins over Xavier and Butler by averaging 2.11 kills and 3.56 digs per set in the two contests.
Natalie Rizzo, DePaul, MB, Jr.
Had 23 kills and hit .426 in a 1-1 week. In a loss to Marquette, hit a season-high .647 and did not commit an error.
Karin Palgutova, St. John's, OH, So.
Registered 5.71 kills per set and a .446 hitting percentage in a 1-1 week. In a sweep against Georgetown, she led the match with 18 kills and a .607 hitting percentage.
Stacey Manthorpe, Seton Hall, OH, Jr.
In a 3-0 week, she recorded double-doubles in wins at Georgetown and Villanova. Had 35 kills and 30 digs in the two league matches.
Lauren Carpenter, Villanova, OH, So.
In a 3-1 win over St. John's, had 24 kills and hitting .396. Both totals are career highs. Had a match-high 18 kills in a loss to Seton Hall.