Sallie McLaurin (Oklahoma), Khat Bell (Texas) and Tayler Soucie (Kansas) are Big 12 volleyball weekly award recipients for matches played Nov. 11-16.
This marks McLaurin’s fifth Offensive Player of the Week distinction this season, which ties for the second-most in one season in league history. The Sooner senior now has 11 career weekly accolades.
Bell collects her second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and sixth career award overall. She was also named Rookie of the Week on three occasions in 2011 and earned an honor in the offensive category that season as well.
Soucie earns her third Rookie of the Week on the season and fourth honor overall for 2013, having been the Defensive Player of the Week once as well.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB, Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
McLaurin hit .475 in a 2-0 week and averaged 3.50 kills per set. She hit .476 and was one of four Sooners to tally 10 kills, while adding three service aces in a 3-0 win over TCU on Wednesday. The senior hit .474 and posted 11 kills against Baylor on Saturday. She added four digs and seven blocks in the two matches. By hitting .400 in both matches, McLaurin has now hit .400 or better in 19 of 27 matches this season. Her .475 hitting percentage was the second-highest in the league for the week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Khat Bell, Texas, Jr., MB/OH, Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
Bell led the Big 12 last week with 2.67 blocks per set as Texas improved to 12-0 in league play with a sweep over the Red Raiders on Saturday. Bell matched her season high with eight blocks and currently leads the conference in blocks, averaging 1.45 in Big 12 matches.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Tayler Soucie, Kansas, Fr., MB, Osawatomie, Kan./Osawatomie
Soucie was a vital piece of the Jayhawks’ fourth-straight victory over Kansas State last Saturday. The Osawatomie, Kan., native drilled nine kills against the Wildcats, but it was her nine blocks that really set the tone. Facing the top-ranked blocking team in the Big 12, Soucie’s effort at the net helped the Jayhawks double up Kansas State in the blocking column (13.0-6.5). Soucie’s block average for the week was 2.25 - second-highest in the league for the week. She is tied for third in the Big 12 rankings with a .348 hitting percentage on the season. Aside from attack percentage, Soucie also ranks fourth in the league in blocks per set (1.24).
2013 BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
|Date||Offensive Player of the Week||Defensive Player of the Week||Rookie of the Week|
|Sept. 2||Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB||Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, Sr., L||Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, Fr., OH|
|Sept. 9||Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB||Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas, Sr., MB||Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, Fr., OH|
|Sept. 16||Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB||Brianne Riley, Kansas, Sr., L||Katie Brand, Kansas State, Fr., S|
|Sept. 23||Erin McNorton, Kansas, Sr., S||Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State, Sr., MB||Tayler Soucie, Kansas, Fr., MB|
|Sept. 30||Tiana Dockery, Kansas, So., OH||Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, Sr., L;
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas, Sr., MB
|Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, Fr., MB|
|Oct. 7||Sara McClinton, Kansas, Jr., OH||Tayler Soucie, Kansas, Fr., MB||Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, Fr., MB|
|Oct. 14||Bailey Webster, Texas, Sr., OH||Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, Sr., L||Tola Itiola, Baylor, Fr., MH|
|Oct. 21||Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State, Sr., MB||Chelsea Albers, Kansas, Jr., OH||Natalie Gower, TCU, Fr., MB|
|Oct. 28||Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB||Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, Sr., L||Chloe Collins, Texas, Fr., S|
|Nov. 4||Kaitlynn Pelger, Kansas State, Sr., MB||Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, Sr., L||Tayler Soucie, Kansas, Fr., MB|
|Nov. 11||Haley Eckerman, Texas, Jr., OH||Taylor Johnson, Kansas State, Jr., MB||Ciara Capezio, Iowa State, Fr., OH|
|Nov. 18||Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma, Sr., MB||Khat Bell, Texas, MB/OH, Jr.||Tayler Soucie, Kansas, Fr., MB|