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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 9/25/2023, Last updated: 9/27/2023
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Penn State, Purdue and Nebraska Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors

Nittany Lions’ Mruzik, Boilermakers’ Colvin and Cornhuskers’ Reilly earn recognition following Week 5

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced this week’s Volleyball Weekly Awards for the week of September 19 – 25. 

Offensive Player of the Week 

Jess Mruzik, Penn State

Sr. – Outside Hitter – Livonia, Mich. – Farmington Hills Mercy – Major:  Master’s in Business Administration

  • Hit .525 while averaging 6.67 points/set, 6.0 kills/set, 2.33 digs/set and 0.67 blocks/set in sweeps of Rutgers and Northwestern to open Big Ten Conference play

  • Hit .533 with 18 kills in the 3-0 win over the Scarlet Knights

  • Hit .517 with 18 kills in a 3-0 road victory over the Wildcats

  • Last Penn State Player of the Week: Jess Mruzik (9/5/23)

Defensive Player of the Week 

Raven Colvin, Purdue

Jr. – Middle Blocker – Indianapolis, Ind. – Heritage Christian – Major: Accounting

  • Led the Boilermakers with 16 total blocks in road victories over Rutgers and Maryland

  • Averaged 2.29 blocks/set, second-most in the Big Ten

  • Totaled a season-high ten blocks to go along with seven kills and four service aces in the win over the Terrapins

  • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Maddie Schermerhorn (11/7/22)

Setter & Freshman of the Week 

Bergen Reilly, Nebraska

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

  • Averaged 12.67 assists/set, 1.67 digs/set and 0.83 blocks/set to lead the Huskers to sweeps of No. 21 Ohio State and No. 12 Minnesota

  • Totaled 37 assists, two digs and an ace in the 3-0 win over the Buckeyes

  • Piled up 39 assists, eight digs and four blocks in a straight-set victory over the Gophers

  • Last Nebraska Setter of the Week: Nicklin Hames (10/25/21)

  • Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Harper Murray (9/18/23) 

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