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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 10/9/2023, Last updated: 10/10/2023
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Nebraska, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Purdue Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors

Cornhuskers’ Krause, Badgers’ Crawford, Scarlet Knights’ Nayar, and Boilermakers’ Chicoine earn recognition following Week 7

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced this week’s Volleyball Weekly Awards for the week of October 2 – 8. 

Offensive Player of the Week 

Lindsay Krause, Nebraska

Jr. – Opposite Hitter – Papillion, Neb. – Skutt Catholic – Major:  English

  • Sparked the Huskers to a 3-1 win at Michigan State and a 3-0 sweep at Michigan with 3.43 kills per set on a .458 hitting percentage, added a team-high four service aces, and had just two hitting errors on 48 swings.

  • Had a season-high 15 kills and just one error on 27 swings for a .519 hitting percentage in Saturday's win at Michigan, along with two aces and five digs.

  • On Friday night, posted nine kills with four digs and two aces while hitting .381.

  • Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Merritt Beason (10/2/23) 

Defensive Player of the Week 

Caroline Crawford, Wisconsin

Sr. – Middle Blocker – Lansing, Kan. – Lansing – Major: Biology

  • Led the Badgers to a 2-0 weekend by tallying 12 total blocks, including one solo, and five digs.

  • Averaged 2.00 blocks per set, including seven total blocks against Illinois alone, and totaled 19.5 points (3.25/set).

  • Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Carter Booth (10/2/23) 

Setter of the Week 

Alyssa Nayar, Rutgers

Sr. – Middle Blocker – Frisco, Texas – Kingwood Park – Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Totaled 82 assists (10.25/set) against a pair of Top-25 opponents, including the biggest win in school history with an upset of No. 16 Minnesota

  • Finished just shy of a double-double against No. 24 Ohio State with 37 helpers and nine digs, and added two kills, two blocks and an ace.

  • Posted her sixth double-double of the season behind 45 assists and 14 digs as Rutgers earned its first-ever top-25 victory.

  • Last Rutgers Setter of the Week: Inna Balyko (3/29/20)

Freshman of the Week 

Chloe Chicoine, Purdue

Fr. – Setter – Sioux Falls, S.D. – O’Gorman – Major: Business and Law

  • Helped the team to back-to-back sweeps in victories over Illinois and Iowa.

  • Led the team with a .349 attack % on the week, and led the Big Ten with 5.83 points per set.

  • Posted a key 10 kills with just one error on 14 swings for a .643 attack % in the third set vs. and delivered the match-winning point.

  • Led the team with six service aces in Week 7.

  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Chloe Chicoine (9/5/23)


2023 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week  

Aug. 28

O: Emily Londot – Ohio State

D: Kylie Murr - Minnesota

S: Mia Tuman – Ohio State

F: Harper Murray – Nebraska 

Sept. 5

O: Jess Mruzik – Penn State

D: Nalani Iosia – Michigan State

S: Sydney Dowler - Maryland

F: Chloe Chicoine - Purdue 

Sept. 11

O: Chloe Chicoine - Purdue

D: Ellee Stinson – Northwestern

S: Taylor Anderson - Purdue

F: Chloe Chicoine - Purdue

Sept. 18

O: Merritt Beason - Nebraska

D: Amani McArthur – Michigan State

S: Camryn Haworth - Indiana

F: Harper Murray – Nebraska

Sept. 25

O: Jess Mruzik – Penn State

D: Raven Colvin – Purdue

S: Bergen Reilly - Nebraska

F: Bergen Reilly – Nebraska

Oct. 2

O: Meritt Beason – Nebraska

D: Carter Booth – Wisconsin

S: Mac Podraza – Penn State

S: Bergen Reilly – Nebraska

F: Harper Murray – Nebraska

Oct. 9

O: Lindsay Krause – Nebraska

D: Caroline Crawford – Wisconsin

S: Alyssa Nayar – Rutgers

F: Chloe Chicoine – Purdue