Ashley Engle (Texas) has earned a Big 12 volleyball honor for the second straight week as she has been named Offensive Player of the Week. Kelsey Chipman (Kansas State) and Sydney Anderson (Nebraska) have also been recognized as the Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week for matches of Nov. 10-16. Engle and Anderson claim the fifth weekly award of their career while Chipman receives her second nod.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Engle, Texas, OPP, Jr., 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza
Engle’s performance last week was highlighted by a season-high 24 kills on .488 hitting in UT’s five-set victory at No. 14 Kansas State on Saturday. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native also chipped in seven digs and two total blocks. She recorded just four attack errors on 41 swings against the Wildcats. In a sweep of Texas Tech, Engle had three kills, three digs, an assist and a block in the fourth-ranked Longhorns’ 25-9 first set win. It was the only set the junior All-American played on Wednesday.
On the week, Engle averaged 4.75 points, 4.50 kills while hitting at a .523 clip. She also contributed 1.67 digs per set and three total blocks.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kelsey Chipman, Kansas State, MB, Jr., 6-1, Topeka, Kan./Washburn Rural
Chipman paced the Big 12 last week with a block per set average of 1.67. She stuffed eight Colorado attempts, including two solos and six assists, in a 3-1 victory on Wednesday. The Washburn Rural product then recorded seven blocks against No. 4 Texas on Saturday. Offensively, Chipman averaged 4.00 points and 2.89 kills while maintaining a .532 attack percentage. She was errorless against the Longhorns and amassed a season-best 17 kills at CU.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Sydney Anderson, Nebraska, S, So., 6-0, Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah
Anderson averaged a league-leading 13.33 assists and 2.67 digs in a pair of sweeps last week. She also guided the Husker offense to a .397 hitting percentage, including a season-best .447 at Kansas on Saturday. Anderson, a transfer from Utah, ended the match with 42 assists, nine digs, four kills, and a .444 attack mark. Three players recorded a double-digit kill total, including middle blockers Kori Cooper and Amanda Gates who combined for 14 kills without an error on 19 swings to help NU become the first Big 12 squad to sweep KU at home in 2008. On Wednesday, Anderson compiled 38 assists and seven digs versus Missouri, as the Huskers had three players total at least 10 kills. NU hit .351 as a team.