Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Championship Preview
Monday, November 19, 2012

A 2012 Missouri Valley Conference regular-season that saw six league teams battling for tournament positions into the final conference weekend is complete as the field is set for the 2012 MVC Volleyball Championship this weekend. Play at this year's championship will begin Thursday, Nov. 22, at 5:00 p.m., in Springfield, Mo., on the campus of Missouri State University at Hammons Student Center.

Seed, Team MVC Record  
1. Creighton (17-1) 
2. UNI (15-3)
3. Wichita State (13-5) 
4. Southern Illinois (11-7)
5. Illinois State (11-7)  
6. Missouri State (10-8)

The Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship will get underway when No. 4 Southern Illinois takes on No. 5 Illinois State in the tournament opener on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 5:00 p.m., followed by No. 3 Wichita State vs. host and No. 6 Missouri State State at 7:30 p.m. The game one winner between SIU/ILS will take on No. 1 Creighton on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the first semifinal while the WSU/MSU winner will face No. 2 UNI in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Semifinal winners will face off for the Missouri Valley Conference automatic berth into the NCAA Volleyball Championship on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:07 p.m.

Both opening round and semifinal matches are available live online at ESPN3.com, while the championship contest on Saturday will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest at 7:07 p.m.

This week's Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are Missouri State's Andrea Beaty, Creighton's Kelli Browning and Illinois State's Ashley Rosch.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Andrea Beaty, MB/RS, Jr., Missouri State
Beaty led Missouri State in kills (3.67/set), blocks (1.33/set) and hitting percentage (.367) last week. She began with 17 kills on 30 swings with a .500 attack efficiency against Drake, adding three digs and four blocks against the Bulldogs. Saturday versus 23rd-ranked Creighton, Beaty hit .333 with 16 kills and eight blocks, including four solo efforts against the Bluejays. Beaty’s kill total against DU and block total vs. CU represented career highs.

Other Notable Performances: Leah McNary, CU; Brooklyn Hlafka, ILS; Christie Fullenkamp, INS; Megan Lehman, UNI; Jessica Whitehead, SIU; Chelsey Feekin, WSU.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kelli Browning, So., MB, Creighton
Browning averaged an incredible 2.20 blocks per set while also compiling 2.70 kills per set as Creighton won at Wichita State and Missouri State on the same weekend for the first time ever. She also set Creighton single-season records for total blocks (185) and block assists (170) in a season. In Friday’s win vs. Wichita State, Browning had 10 kills and 10 blocks. Browning had three kills and three blocks in the fourth set to help extend the match. In the fifth set, Browning had a block assist to save a Wichita State match point as Creighton rallied to win 17-15. On Saturday night, Browning had 17 kills and 12 blocks in a 3-2 win at Missouri State. She had four kills and four blocks in CU’s first set win. Then, after CU trailed 2-1 in the match, Browning had six kills and four blocks in the fourth set, followed by three more fifth set kills. All three of Browning’s kills in the last frame came after the Jays fell behind 8-5 of its eventual 15-13 comeback victory. Browning’s five matches with 10 or more blocks this fall are most in one season in school history and tie the career mark.

Other Notable Performances: Jenny Menendez, ILS; Ashley Mason, MSU; Jenny Willms, UNI; Bailey Yeager, SIU; Chelsey Feekin, WSU.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
Ashley Rosch, Fr., OH, Illinois State
Rosch was an offensive weapon for Illinois State recording a team-high 18 kills against Southern Illinois. She also added 12 digs for her 13th double-double performance of the season. Rosch compiled 25 kills, 20 digs, three assists and two service aces for ISU against two opponents. 

Other Notable Performances: Kate Elman, CU; Cassie Effken, DU; Emma Roberson, UE; Kinsey McCarter, MSU; Taylor Pippen, SIU.