MCAC Volleyball Week 6 Players-of-the-Week: Northern Division

MCAC Volleyball Week 6 Players-of-the-Week: Northern Division

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Across the Minnesota College Athletic Conference,  late September and early October provides the opportunity for teams to pave their way into the Region XIII post-season.   The Northern Division in MCAC Volleyball has provided some competitive balance this week, with several contests providing the backdrop to set up an interesting final few weeks of competition in the run-up to NJCAA regional tournament action.  Central Lakes College continued their winning ways, stretching their unbeaten streak to four matches as they prepare to take on the NCTC Pioneers in Thief River Falls on Wednesday, October, 4th.  In one of the most competitive weeks of the season, it's no surprise that several student-athletes had performances worthy of Player-of-the-Week consideration, and the following four have taken home the honor in their respective roles for Week 5 in MCAC Volleyball. 



The volleyball squad at Mesabi Range College had a busy week in both MCAC and non-conference action; Alli Sandberg was a major factor in their offense in all matches.  The Cook, Minnesota freshman takes home Setter-of-the-Week honors by doling out 66 total assists in wins over Gogegic Community College and losses to Rainy River and Hibbing.  When she wasn't setting up her teammates for success, Sandberg was collecting 21 digs for coach Jojo Scott and her MRC teammates.  Mesabi Range has a midweek match at home against Vermilion Community College on Wednesday, and Sandberg will likely be counted upon to help the Lady Norse climb back into the playoff picture.    



The Pioneers of Northland Community & Technical College   have reeled off five straight wins and are scheduled for a big match against rival Central Lakes this week.  Recently,  NCTC has been led by Shantel Verbout, who has been hitting consistently for coach Abdul Chamma and the rest of the Pioneer squad, registering 19 kills, along with 16 digs and 2 solo blocks against Itasca CC.   The sophomore from Grygla, Minnesota lines up as an middle hitter for Northland and leads the MCAC in both Kills-Per-Set and Hitting Percentage.  For her efforts, Verbout takes home Hitter-of-the-Week honors.  Verbout's squad will face Central Lakes College, Mesabi Range and Vermilion Community College in upcoming MCAC Volleyball action. 


Defensive Player-of-the-Week: 

Defense wins championships, and Central Lakes College unbeaten 8-0 Divisional mark speaks to their solid defensive play as of late.    Raider middle blocker Kayla Larson reflected that approach for coach Jane Peterson, helping her CLC teammates work towards a four-match unbeaten streak and 1-0 week in MCAC action.   Larson had 9 blocks in dominating the net against Fond du Lac  and is tops in the Northern Division in Block Assists with 46.   The Isle, Minnesota product and her team will face off against Northland Community & Technical College on Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30pm.  


All-Around Player-of-the-Week: 


Hibbing Community College went 3-0 in Northern Division play his past week and Lexi Kudis (Zim, Mn) was an important part of that success for the Cardinals.   HCC handed  3-0 setbacks to Vermilion and Gogebic, and added on a 3-1 win over Mesabi Range on September 29th.  Kudis collected 13 kills and five blocks against the Lady Norse, as well as 12 kills and five blocks in the match against Gogebic.    Against VCC, Kudis hit at a .583 clip with 8 kills.   Lexi Kudis is the MCAC Northern Division All-Around Player-of-the-Week and will help lead her team into a pivotal match on Wednesday, October 4th against Rainy River Community College in International Falls, Minnesota. Match time is set for 6:30pm. 


Action photo courtesy of MRC Athletics 

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