NewsLady Cougars Sweep Volleyball Weekly Honors
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Four members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s volleyball team were honored for leading the Lady Cougars to the American Mideast Conference Tournament title when the AMC, NAIA Region IX, and National Christian College Athletic Association weekly honors were announced for the week of November 7-13.
Amanda Stevens, a junior outside hitter from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was named the AMC and NAIA Region IX Player of the Week as she averaged 3.73 kills and 5.13 digs per game for the week. The former Centerburg High School standout pounded 17 kills with 17 digs in a win over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College and added 14 kills and 21 digs against Ohio Dominican University. In a semifinal win over 18th-ranked Cedarville University, she finished with 17 kills and a career-high 30 digs, and she closed out the week with eight kills and nine digs in a sweep of 24th-ranked Walsh University in the championship match.
Stevens has now recorded 585 kills and 668 digs this season, which ranks her fifth and fourth respectively on MVNU’s single-season lists. She also now has 1,343 career kills and 1,740 career digs, which ranks eighth and fifth respectively on the school’s all-time lists.
Allison Klusmann, a freshman setter from Tallmadge, Ohio, was named the AMC and NAIA Region IX Setter of the Week as she averaged 12.33 assists and 2.87 digs per game. The former Tallmadge High School star handed out 44 assists with 15 digs against Roberts Wesleyan. She finished with 55 assists and 10 digs in the win over Ohio Dominican, and she compiled 53 assists, 13 digs, and two aces in the upset of Cedarville. Then, in the championship match, Klusmann registered 33 assists and four kills against Walsh. She has now recorded 1,815 assists this season - the fourth highest total in school history.
Brittany Dixon, a freshman defensive specialist from Muncie, Indiana, was named the AMC and NAIA Region IX Libero of the Week as she averaged 2.93 digs for the week. The former Cowan High School product also had a .975 passing percentage and a .946 serving percentage with seven aces. She posted 15 digs and four aces against Roberts Wesleyan and 15 digs and three aces in the upset of Cedarville. Dixon is second on the team with 451 digs this year.
Jenny Weaver, a junior middle hitter from Apple Creek, Ohio, was selected as the NCCAA Player of the Week after averaging 2.67 kills, 1.40 blocks, and 3.67 digs per game. The former Central Christian High School standout had 12 kills, six blocks, and 11 digs versus Roberts Wesleyan and followed that with 11 kills, 12 digs, and four blocks against Ohio Dominican. In the semifinals against Cedarville, she had seven kills, 21 digs, and six blocks. Then, in the championship match, she tallied 10 kills, 11 digs, and five blocks versus Walsh. On the season, Weaver has posted 214 total blocks so far, which is the seventh highest single-season total in school history.
MVNU is currently 33-13 overall and ranked 21st in the final NAIA national poll. The Lady Cougars will return to action on Saturday at noon as they take on either Daemen (N.Y.) College or Mountain State (W.V.) University in the semifinals of the NAIA Region IX Tournament at Cedarville. The championship match will then be held at approximately 6:00 p.m. with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego, California.