Destinee Hooker (Texas) and Caitlyn Vann (Missouri) have been named the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. María Fernanda (Oklahoma) also has been selected as the Rookie of the Week for the matches of Sept. 28-Oct. 4. All three student-athletes have received accolades from the conference for their efforts prior to this week -- Hooker (10), Vann (3) and Fernanda (2).
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr., 6-4, San Antonio, Texas/Southwest
Hooker anchored No. 2 Texas' offensive attack last week in a pair of sweeps over Texas A&M and at Kansas State. She hammered out a Big 12-best in points (6.08) and kills (5.33) per set total while hitting at a .415 clip. The 2009 Preseason Conference Player of the Year added 2.83 digs per set, three service aces and two blocks in the Longhorns' victories. Against Texas A&M, Hooker connected on 17 kills and hit .469, committing just two errors. Hooker also chipped in 12 digs to compile her fifth kill/dig double-double of the season and 18th overall. At KSU, she tallied 15 kills on .364 hitting along with five digs, a service ace and one block assist.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Caitlyn Vann, Missouri, L, Jr., 5-6, Muncie, Ind./Muncie Burris
Vann averaged 5.67 digs against No. 14 Iowa State and No. 19 Baylor to pace the league in the category last week. Her 34 total digs -- 20 at ISU, and 14 at BU -- moved her into sixth-place on Mizzou's career list. Vann was nearly perfect on 54 service reception chances, missing only two and played in all six sets for the Tigers.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
María Fernanda, Oklahoma, L, Fr., 5-7, Rio Piedras, P.R./Colegio Adianaez
Fernanda led OU to a 1-1 record after collecting 39 digs, 4.88 per set. In the five-set match against No. 10 Nebraska, she registered 22 digs while recording a service ace against the Huskers. Fernanda had a match-high 17 digs along with a season-high seven assists in a sweep of Texas Tech on Saturday.
2009 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 31: Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr.
Sept. 8: Ashley Engle, Texas, S, Sr.
Sept. 14: Victoria Henson, Iowa State, OH, Jr.
Sept. 21: Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr.
Sept. 28: Taylor Barnes, Baylor, S, Sr.
Oct. 5: Destinee Hooker, Texas, OH, Sr.
2009 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 31: Anna Breyfogle, Baylor, MB, Sr.
Sept. 8: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, L, Jr.
Sept. 14: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, L, Jr.
Sept. 21: María Fernanda, Oklahoma, L, Fr.
Sept. 28: Ashley Mass, Iowa State, L, Jr.
Oct. 5: Caitlyn Vann, Missouri, L, Jr.
2009 BIG 12 ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Aug. 31: Alisia Kastmo, Texas A&M, MB, Fr.
Sept. 8: Hannah Werth, Nebraska, OH, Fr.
Sept. 14: Paola Ampudia, Missouri, OH, Jr.
Sept. 21: Paola Ampudia, Missouri, OH, Jr.
Sept. 28: Hannah Werth, Nebraska, OH, Fr.
Oct. 5: María Fernanda, Oklahoma, L, Fr.