Monday, November 18, 2013 | Volleyball
Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Final Weekend Has Much to Decide

The final weekend of Valley regular-season play still has much to be determined as 2013 proved to be yet another competitive conference finish in recent history.

Both Wichita State (14-3 MVC) and UNI (13-3 MVC) enter the final weekend of Valley play with a chance to either clinch or share the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the 2013 MVC Volleyball Championship. Regardless of the outcomes of any other league matches, the Shockers are guaranteed a first-round bye and either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in next week's championship, while the Panthers can finish no worse than the No. 3 seed. Missouri State (12-5 MVC), Southern Illinois (11-5 MVC) and Illinois State (10-6 MVC) have already locked up bids into the league championship, while the seeds will all be determined based on the outcomes of this weekend's matches. The sixth and final spot will come down to Bradley (6-10 MVC), Loyola (6-10 MVC) and Indiana State (5-11 MVC), while both Evansville and Drake have been mathematially eliminated from tournament contention.

After Friday's matches are completed, a more comprehensive update on potential seeds and tiebreakers will be provided.

For more information on official tiebreaking procedures, please access - https://www.mvcadmin.org/forms/procedures/vb.pdf and proceed to pages 5-6. 

Several key matchups dot the final week of conference calendar, as UNI hosts both Bradley and Loyola, with tournament implications on the line for both the Braves and Ramblers. Southern Illinois welcomes both Illinois State and Indiana State, while Missouri State greets travel partner Wichita State.

The latest NCAA RPI Report (Nov. 18) has four Valley teams ranked in the top-90, led by Wichita State (No. 49), UNI (No. 58), Missouri State (No. 67) and Illinois State (No. 89).

This week's Missouri Valley Conference Players of the Week are Wichita State's Ashley Andrade, Southern Illinois' Alex Rivera and Wichita State's Dani Mostrom.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Andrade, Sr., MB, Wichita State
Andrade led the Shockers to two road wins last and averaged 3.75 kills, 1.62 blocks and 4.56 points per set, while hitting .481. In the four-set win at Loyola, she had a team-high 14 kills on 27 swings and hit .370. She also added one dig and a match-high five blocks. In the four-set win at Bradley, she had a match-high 16 kills on 25 swings and hit .600. She also added one assist, two digs and a match-high eight blocks.

Other Notable Performances: Alise Tupuritis (BU); Makena Schoene (DU); Ashley Rosch (ILS); Morgan Dall (INS); Laura Purcell (LUC); Amber Doolittle (MSU); Shelby Kintzel (UNI); Elly Braaten (SIU).

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Rivera, Jr. DS, Southern Illinois
Rivera led Southern Illinois defensively as the Salukis topped Evansville in three sets on Friday. The junior tallied 23 digs to average 7.67 digs per set.

Other Notable Performances: Lauren Zerante (BU); Sarah Madden (DU); Cassandra Willis (INS); Amber Doolittle (MSU); Amie Held (UNI); Ashley Andrade (WSU).

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dani Mostrom, Fr., L, Wichita State
Mostrom helped the Shockers to two road wins over the weekend and averaged 5.25 digs and 0.62 assists per set. In the four-set win at Loyola, she had a team-high 12 digs along with two assists. In the four-set win at Bradley, she had a match-high and career-high 30 digs along with three assists.

Other Notable Performances: Makena Schoene (DU); Bree Spangler (INS); Kayla Haneline (UNI); Hannah Kaminsky (SIU).