ELMHURST, Ill. – For the third consecutive week, South Dakota's Anne Rasmussen has been named The Summit League's Defensive Player of the Week while her teammate Hayley Dotseth locked up the accolade on the offensive side of the ball.
Rasmussen raked in 49 digs in eight sets played, averaging 6.13 digs per set and leading the Coyotes (10-7, 4-1) to victories over first-place Oral Roberts and Omaha. With this week's award, the sophomore from Oak Creek, Wis., becomes the first league player since Oakland's Brittany Dunn in 2010 to secure three straight Player of the Week titles.
In league play this season, Rasmussen ranks first in digs (136) and digs/set (6.80).
Dotseth was also a major contributor for the Coyotes this week, averaging 5.25 kills/set after logging a career-high versus Oral Roberts (23) and 19 more against Omaha. For the week, Dotseth hit .317 and mustered 47.0 points for South Dakota.
In league matches, Dotseth ranks third in kills/set (3.95) and total kills (79) this season.
Hayley Dotseth, South Dakota
Jr. // Outside Hitter // Johnston, Iowa
- Notched 42 kills in eight sets
- Set career-high in kills in win over Oral Roberts (32)
- First-career Summit League Player of the Week award
- Averaged 5.9 points/set
Also nominated: Cassie Baird (Denver), Nicole Rightnowar (Fort Wayne), Abby Bergsten (Omaha), Laura Milos (Oral Roberts), Mackenzie Steckler (Western Ill.)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Kayla Principato (Denver) | Sept. 5 – Brianna Rasmusson (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Laura Milos (Oral Roberts) | Sept. 18 – Kelly Law (USD) | Sept. 25 – Laura Milos | Oct. 2 – Laura Milos
Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota
So. // Defensive Specialist // Oak Creek, Wis.
- Recorded dig match highs versus Oral Roberts (17) and Omaha (32)
- Tallied 30-plus digs for the second time this season
- Summit League ranking (all matches): No. 2 in digs (339) and digs/set (5.30)
- Third-career Summit League Defensive Player of the Week title
Also nominated: Elizabeth Britner (Fort Wayne), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Claire Mountjoy (Omaha), Claire Grove (Western Illinois)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 5 – Bella Lien (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 18 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 25 – Anne Rasmussen | Oct. 2 – Anne Rasmussen
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.