SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Following their performances in the opening weekend of the 2019 volleyball campaign, South Dakota freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Juhnke earned The Summit League's Offensive Player of the Week, while Omaha's junior defensive specialist Claire Mountjoy notched the honor on the defensive end.
Juhnke opened her collegiate career with a 12-kill, 17-dig performance against former Summit League rival IUPUI in the Coyote's first match of the season. She became the first freshman in Coach Williamson's six seasons to record a 20-plus kill match with her 23 kills against Valparaiso, which included a .425 average hitting percentage for the match. Juhnke followed up her performance against Valparaiso with a .412 average hitting percentage and 17 kills in a sweep over 2018 NCAA Tournament team Murray State.
Mountjoy helped the Mavericks finish 3-0 in the opening weekend after being a part of an effort that overcame a two-set deficit to defeat UAlbany and take home the Omaha Challenge title. Mountjoy tallied 64 digs and 5.82 digs per set on the stat sheet for the weekend and was named to the Omaha Challenge All-Tournament team.
Elizabeth Juhnke, South Dakota
Freshman | OH | Lakeville, Minn.
- Garnered her first career offensive player of the week accolade
- Recorded her first career double-double (12 kills, 17 digs) in her first collegiate match
- Finished the weekend with 52 kills, 4.73 kills per set average and a .308 average clip
Also nominated: CeCe Madison (Oral Roberts), Crystal Burk (South Dakota State), Kalli Hegerle (North Dakota State), Isabella Sade (Omaha), Mariah Mitchell (Western Illinois), Ashley Brueggeman (North Dakota), Kalea Forbert (Denver), Sydney Boerst (Purdue Fort Wayne)
Claire Mountjoy, Omaha
Junior | DS | Omaha, Neb.
- Earned her first career defensive player of the week honor
- Currently leads the league in total digs (64) and ranks second in digs per set (5.82)
- Her 29 digs against UAlbany helped Omaha outperform the Great Danes on the defensive end 73 digs to 58
Also nominated: Sarah Thiessen (Oral Roberts), Madison Harms (South Dakota), Bella Lien (North Dakota State), Mackenzie Steckler (Western Illinois), Tina Boe (Denver), Rachael Crucis (Purdue Fort Wayne)