ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts' Laura Milos made history Monday, becoming the first athlete in Summit League volleyball history to earn 13 career Offensive Player of the Week awards. This is the second such honor of the season for Milos, while South Dakota's Anne Rasmussen notched her first-career Player of the Week title for her efforts on the defensive side of the net.
With kill totals of 24 and 17 in two matches this weekend (5.13 kills/set), Milos guided the Golden Eagles (5-9, 2-0) to wins over Fort Wayne and Western Illinois to begin the league season. Milos currently ranks third in the nation with a 5.02 kills/set average and now moves to No. 3 on the Summit League's all-time career kills list (1,977).
Rasmussen and the Coyotes (7-7, 1-1) started the league season with a thrilling five-set victory over Western Illinois. Rasmussen turned in a match-high 26 digs before posting a career-best 33 in a four-set loss to North Dakota State on Saturday. For the weekend, the defensive specialist from Oak Creek, Wis., totaled 60 digs and averaged 6.67 digs/set. In fact, that digs/set average Rasmussen posted in two matches would rank No. 1 nationally. Currently, though, her 4.96 digs/set season average is No. 42 in the NCAA.
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts
Sr. // Outside Hitter // Porec, Croatia
- Tallied 41 total kills and a 5.13 kills/set average in eight sets this weekend
- Ranked third in the NCAA with a league-leading 5.02 kills/set average this season
- All-time league leader in career Player of the Week awards (13)
- Moves to No. 3 on The Summit League's all-time kills list (1,977)
- For the season, has surpassed 20-plus kills in six matches
Also nominated: Emma Willis (Denver) | Nicole Rightnowar (Fort Wayne) | Brianna Rasmusson (NDSU) | Abby Bergsten (Omaha) | Kelly Law (USD) | Mackenzie Steckler (WIU)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Kayla Principato (Denver) | Sept. 5 – Brianna Rasmusson (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Laura Milos (Oral Roberts) | Sept. 18 – Kelly Law (USD)
Anne Ramussen, South Dakota
So. // Defensive Specialist // Oak Creek, Wis.
- First career Summit League Defensive Player of the Week title
- Logged 60 digs and a 6.67 digs/set average in nine sets over the weekend
- Recorded a career-best 33 digs in a four-set loss to in-state rival North Dakota State
- In league matches only, ranks No. 1 in digs (60) and digs/set (6.67)
- In all matches, ranks No. 2 in digs (263) and digs/set (4.96)
Also nominated: Cassidy Rooke (Denver) | Elizabeth Britner (Fort Wayne) | Bella Lien (NDSU) | Bella Sade (Omaha) | Morgan Blomquist (ORU) | Emilee Dechant (WIU)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 5 – Bella Lien (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 18 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU)
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