By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Omaha's Sydney Case and South Dakota's Anne Rasmussen were named The Summit League Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after helping each of their teams win home tournaments this past weekend.
Case earns her first career offensive player of the week honor after guiding the Mavericks to their first 3-0 home tournament record since 2009. She was named to the all-tournament team following an overall performance that included 151 assists and a 13.73 assists per set average on the weekend. Case also ended the weekend with six kills, three service aces and 24 digs.
Rasmussen secured her first award of the season and fifth of her career after tallying 65 digs and a 5.91 digs per set average at the South Dakota Classic. Her performance this weekend earned her a spot on the all-tournament team and helped notch a win over the Pac-12's California in a hard-fought, four-set match. Rasmussen's stat line also included nine assists and three service aces.
Sydney Case, Omaha
Freshman | S | Lakeville, Minn.
- Garnered her first career offensive player of the week accolade
- Tallied 50 assists and eight digs on a .400 hitting percentage in the 3-1 win over Kansas City
- Recorded a career-high 57 assists and 10 digs for her first career double-double in the victory over UIC
Also nominated: Hayley Dotseth (South Dakota), Ellie Anderson (Denver), Melanie Patenaude (Western Illinois), Lara Picht (Oral Roberts), Nicole Rightnowar (Purdue Fort Wayne), Rossa Rautio (North Dakota)
Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota
Junior | L/DS | Oak Creek, Wis.
- Earned her fifth career defensive player of the week honor
- Paced the four-team South Dakota Classic with her 5.91 digs per set average
- Leads the league in total digs (114) and digs per set (5.18)
Also nominated: Lydia Bartalo (Denver), Claire Mountjoy (Omaha), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Mackenzie Steckler (Western Illinois), Sydney Boerst (Purdue Fort Wayne), Jordan Vail (North Dakota), Abbi Klos (North Dakota State)
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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, 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. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 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.