With just two conference weekends remaining, seeding and positions for the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Championship is still up for grabs with room for maneuvering during the final two weeks of the regular-season.
Wichita State (12-3 MVC) and UNI (11-3 MVC) have already punched their tickets to the MVC Championship, while Missouri State (10-5 MVC), Southern Illinois (10-5 MVC), Illinois State (9-5 MVC), Bradley (6-8 MVC), Loyola (6-8 MVC), Indiana State (4-10 MVC) and Evansville (4-11 MVC) are still in contention for a tournament bid. Drake (0-14 MVC) has already been eliminated from championship contention.
Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Illinois State can guarantee their spots in the tournament if they record two league victories this weekend, while Indiana State and Evansville must win both matches this weekend to remain in contention for the tournament. Bradley and Loyola also have some work to do, but have a little more leeway in their final games.
On the conference calendar this weekend, Missouri State and Wichita State travel to Bradley and Loyola, Illinois State and Indiana State welcome UNI and Drake, while Southern Illinois plays at travel partner Evansville.
This week's Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are Wichita State's Ashley Andrade, Southern Illinois' Meg Viggars and Hannah Kaminsky.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ashley Andrade, Sr., MB, Wichita State
Andrade averaged 3.14 kills, 1.00 block and 3.79 points per set and hit .541 in two Shocker wins last week. She had a match-high 13 kills on 18 swings with no errors for a .722 hitting percentage against Indiana State in a three-set win. She also added two blocks. In the four-set win over Illinois State, she had nine kills on 19 swings with two errors for a .368 hitting percentage. She also added one digs and five blocks.
Other Notable Performances: Ashley Rosch (ILS); Brittany Brown (LUC); Carly Thomas (MSU); Courtney Kintzel (UNI); Jessica Whitehead (SIU).
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Meg Viggars, Fr., S, Southern Illinois
Viggars was clutch for the Salukis as Southern Illinois swept its weekend matches at UNI and Drake. On Friday’s upset of UNI, Viggars recorded a double-double compiling 12 kills and 22 digs. The freshman also added four block assists. The Stoke-on-Trent, England native finished the weekend with 27 digs to average 3.86 per set and seven block assists to average one per set.
Other Notable Performances: Sarah Madden (DU); Macy Ubben (UNI).
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
Hannah Kaminsky, Fr., S, Southern Illinois
Hannah Kaminsky anchored the Saluki offense as Southern Illinois topped Northern Iowa and Drake on the road. The freshman setter dished out an impressive 91 assists to average 13 per set. Kaminsky also added 19 digs and two block assists. On Friday’s match against the Panthers, Kaminsky recorded a team-high 53 assists and 12 digs.
Other Notable Performances: Simone House (MSU); Amie Held (UNI); Dani Mostrom (WSU).