Rachel Widener and Becky Jefferys, two members of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's volleyball team, were named the American Mideast Conference Player and Setter of the Week respectively for their performances during the week of November 8-14.
Widener, a 5-foot-9 senior outside hitter from Elyria, Ohio, averaged 5.43 kills and 4.14 digs per game as the Lady Cougars defeated Ohio Dominican College and Walsh University to win the AMC Tournament. The former All-Ohioan at Open Door Christian Academy hammered 21 kills and posted 18 digs in the win over Ohio Dominican. Widener then added 17 kills and 11 digs in the championship match victory over Walsh.
Widener currently leads MVNC with 543 digs, a .956 serve reception percentage, and a .354 attack percentage. She has also recorded 29 aces, 48 assists, 90 blocks, and 426 kills.
Jefferys, a 5-foot-6 senior setter from Elyria, Ohio, averaged 8.43 assists per game as part of the Lady Cougars' two-setter attack. The former Elyria High School star also posted 1.83 digs per game to go along with a .975 serving percentage. Jefferys handed out 38 assists in the victory over Ohio Dominican as MVNC set a new school record with 91 kills. She also added 21 assists versus Walsh.
For the season, Jefferys leads the team with 914 assists as she has moved into third place in career assists with 3,145. She has also compiled 24 kills, 40 aces, and 256 digs.
The Lady Cougars will return to action on Friday when the team will host the 1999 NAIA Region IX Tournament. MVNC, the second seed, will face fifth-seeded Malone College at 2:00 p.m. and fourth-seeded University of Michigan-Dearborn at 7:00 p.m. in pool play.