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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 9/5/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Penn State, Michigan State, Maryland And Purdue Claim Weekly Volleyball Honors

Nittany Lions’ Mruzik, Spartans’ Iosia, Terrapins’ Dowler and Boilermakers’ Chicoine recognized after Week 2

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ROSEMONT, Ill.  (Sept. 5, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference has announced this week’s Volleyball Weekly Awards for the week of August 28 – September 3.

Offensive Player of the Week
Jess Mruzik, Penn State
Sr. – Outside Hitter – Livonia, Mich. – Farmington Hills Mercy – Major: Master’s in Business Adminstration

  • Hit .345 with 53 kills, 14 digs, eight blocks and three aces as No. 12 Penn State went 3-0 at the PSU Invitational with wins over No. 22 Western Kentucky, Colgate and James Madison

  • Reached 1,000 career kills in the second set of the win over Colgate

  • Closed the tournament with a 26-kill performance against James Madison, the most by a Nittany Lion in a match since 2018, and the program’s top mark in a four-set match sicne the 25-point rally scoring era began in 2008

  • Last Penn State Player of the Week: Kashauna Williams (9/12/22)

Defensive Player of the Week
Nalani Iosia, Michigan State
Sr. – Libero – Long Beach, Calif. – Redondo Union – Major: Sociology

  • Named the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural Kathy DeBoer Invitational where the Spartans went 3-0 on the weekend

  • Recorded 20+ digs in two-of-three matches, averaging 5.22/set

  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jayme Cox (9/3/19)

Setter of the Week
Sydney Dowler, Maryland
Sr. – Setter – Oconomowoc, Wis. – Green Hope – Major: Cell Biology & Genetics

  • Led the Terrapins in assists in all three matches at the Kristin Dickmann Invitational, averaging 10.8/set

  • Became the sixth player in Maryland history to reach the 2,500 assist milestone

  • Last Maryland Setter of the Week: Sydney Dowler (10/17/22)

Freshman of the Week
Chloe Chicoine, Purdue
Fr. – Outside Hitter – Lafayette, Ind. – McCutcheon – Major: Business Management and Kinesiology

  • Recorded back-to-back double-doubles to help lead No. 20 Purdue to wins over No. 23 Kansas and No. 19 Marquette

  • Led all players with 21 kills in the win over Kansas, and ranked second on the team with 2.30 digs/set during the weekend

  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Eva Hudson (11/28/22)


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

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