Penn State players Arielle Wilson and Darcy Dorton walked off with two of the Big Ten’s Player of the Week awards, earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, respectively, following the Nittany Lions’ opening weekend sweeps of Northwestern and Illinois. Michigan’s Sloane Donhoff won Defensive Player of the Week.
Here’s the writeup on Arielle and Darcy from the Big Ten release:
Arielle Wilson, Penn State Jr., MH, Broadview, Ill./Proviso East.
Wilson led her team with 26 total kills as No. 1 Penn State swept Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois on the road to extend its overall winning streak to 78 consecutive matches. The junior averaged 4.3 kills on .657 hitting with 1.2 blocks per set. She opened the conference season on Friday with 13 kills on a .579 average against Northwestern, also tallying two block assists and a pair of digs. The following night vs. the nationally ranked Fighting Illini, she put down another 13 kills at a .750 attack clip, also contributing five total blocks. Her .750 hitting average is the sixth-highest single-match mark in the Big Ten this season, while her overall .596 attack clip is the best in the conference. The weekly honor is the fifth of Wilson’s career.
Darcy Dorton, Penn State, OH, Muncie, Ind./Delta
Dorton takes home her third Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 3.5 kills on .545 hitting as Penn State swept Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois on the road. Against the Wildcats, she put down seven kills on 11 swings with just one error, also adding two total blocks. On Saturday vs. the Illini, she was one of three Nittany Lions with double-digit kills, putting down a team-leading 14.
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