By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –North Dakota's senior Jordan Vail and freshman Taliyah Flores have been named The Summit League's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week after helping the Fighting Hawks to a perfect week in league competition.
The duo led UND to a 3-0 week inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center after five-set victories over North Dakota State and Oral Roberts and a sweep of South Dakota State. Vail guided the offense with 42 kills, a 3.23 kills per set average and a .378 hitting percentage. On the defensive end, Flores notched 75 digs and a 5.77 digs per set average.
Jordan Vail, North Dakota
Senior | MH | San Antonio, Texas
- Received her first career accolade
- Earned a career-high 19 kills while hitting a season-best .567 clip in the 3-2 victory over NDSU
- Her .567 hitting percentage is the most by a UND player with at least 19 kills since 2013
Also nominated: Taylor Joachim (Denver), Nicole Rightnowar (Purdue Fort Wayne), Sydney Case (Omaha), Allie Mauch (North Dakota State), Hayley Dotseth (South Dakota), Bria Bergman (Oral Roberts)
Taliyah Flores, North Dakota
Freshman | L | Papillion, Neb.
- Earned her second weekly award of the season
- Leads the league in total digs (351) and sits third in digs per set (4.62)
- She has recorded 30 or more digs four times this season
Also nominated: Macy Carrabine (Denver), Elizabeth Britner (Purdue Fort Wayne), Isabella Sade (Omaha), Bella Lien (North Dakota State), Anne Rasmussen (South Dakota), Morgan Blomquist (Oral Roberts)
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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.