Texas’ Haley Eckerman and Molly McCage have been named Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively while Ashley Smith (TCU) and Jordan Anderson (West Virginia) share the Rookie of the Week distinction.
This is Eckerman’s third weekly award this season and second in a row. The reigning Big 12 Player of the Year has totaled 15 career Big 12 weekly recognitions (10 Offensive). Her 15 awards are tied for second-most in conference history. McCage earns her second career award, after picking up a Rookie of the Week honor on Nov. 5, 2012. This marks Anderson’s third Rookie of the Week this season and first honor for Smith.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Haley Eckerman, Texas, Jr., OH, Waterloo, Iowa/East
Eckerman recorded her fourth 20-plus kill performance in the last eight matches with 20 kills against Baylor on Saturday as UT closed out the regular season with a 19-match winning streak and a 16-0 conference mark. She hit .588 with no errors in the regular season finale. On Wednesday at No. 25 Iowa State, the junior posted 18 kills for a .318 hitting mark. Over the two matches, she combined for 5.43 kills per set, 6.00 points per set and a .436 hitting percentage - all league highs for the week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Molly McCage, Texas, So., MB, Spring, Texas/Klein Collins
McCage led the Big 12 in blocks last week with an average of 1.86 over two matches as Texas closed out the regular season with a 19-match winning streak and a perfect 16-0 conference mark. With 13 total blocks, she was just one of two players with double-digit blocks on the week. She recorded six on the road against No. 25 Iowa State on Wednesday and seven against Baylor on Saturday. McCage currently ranks fourth in the league in blocks per set, averaging 1.23.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ashley Smith, TCU, Fr., OH, League City, Texas/Clear Creek
Smith led the Horned Frogs in their final two matches of the season and had a combined 21 kills and 18 digs last week. The freshman from League City, Texas, led TCU to its first win in program history over Kansas State Wednesday night with nine kills and a .261 hitting percentage. On Saturday at Texas Tech, she notched her second double-double of the season and 13th career double-digit kill match with 12 kills and 11 digs. Overall, she ranked in the top 10 in kills (5th, 3.50) and points (10th, 3.83) in the Big 12 for the week.
Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, Fr., OH, Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
Anderson had 27 kills and just seven hitting errors in two matches last week for a .286 hitting percentage. She added 13 digs, two serving aces and two blocks, while leading the Mountaineers to a 1-1 week. The freshman finished the season with 394 kills in 100 sets for a 3.94 kills per set average. Her 3.69 kills per set in Big 12 play ranked third while her 3.91 points per set were fourth-best in the league.
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|
|Nov. 25||Haley Eckerman, Texas, Jr., OH||Rachel Brummitt, Texas Tech, Jr., L||Chiaka Ogbogu, Texas, Fr., MB|
|Dec. 2||Haley Eckerman, Texas, Jr., OH||Molly McCage, Texas, So., MB||Ashley Smith, TCU, Fr., MB;
Jordan Anderson, West Virginia, Fr., OH