The Big Ten has recognized Nebraska’s 2-0 weekend against the Big Ten’s elite by awarding the Huskers a near-sweep of the weekly conference honors.
Senior middle blocker Amber Rolfzen was named Big ten Player of the Week after finishing with 16 kills in each of the Huskers’ two wins and hitting .560 for the weekend. She also added nine blocks, including three solo stuffs against No. 3 Minnesota on Sunday. The honor is the second career player of the week nod for Rolfzen, and she also earned Defensive Player of the Week plaudits on Oct. 10.
Junior setter Kelly Hunter was named Big Ten setter of the Week for the third time this season and fifth time in her career. She recorded a career-high 65 assists against Minnesota on Sunday and averaged 13.3 assists per set overall in the two matches. Hunter also recorded four kills, nine digs, six blocks and two aces.
Finally, senior libero Justine Wong-Orantes took home her first Libero of the Week award of the season, the third of her career, after setting a new school record with 35 digs in Nebraska’s five-set win against Minnesota. She also finished with 15 digs and an ace in Nebraska’s sweep over Wisconsin. Wong-Orantes orchestrated a defense that held two top four teams to a combined .167 hitting percentage.
The only non-Husker to take home an award this week was Michigan setter MacKenzi Welsh who earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after helping the Wolverines to wins over Maryland and No. 9 Penn State.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.