Crowe earns offensive honor, Crucis and Rasmussen share defensive award

Crowe earns offensive honor, Crucis and Rasmussen share defensive award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Purdue Fort Wayne junior outside hitter Katie Crowe claimed her second Summit League Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week award of the season while the Mastodon's freshman libero Rachael Crucis and South Dakota senior defensive specialist Anne Rasmussen shared the league's Defensive Player of the Week accolade. This is the first weekly award of the season for Crucis and fourth for Rasmussen.

Crowe and Crucis helped the Mastodons to a 2-0 weekend in league play. Crowe recorded a match-high 15 kills on a .483 clip in the 3-0 win over Oral Roberts and a team-high 18 kills in the 3-2 victory over Omaha. Crucis contributed a match-high 18 digs against the Golden Eagles and 26 digs against the Mavericks. Crowe ended the weekend with 33 total kills, 4.13 average kills per set, a .259 average hitting percentage, two assists and one service ace while Crucis finished with 44 total kills and 5.50 average digs per set.

Rasmussen contributed 18 digs for South Dakota in the 3-0 victory over in-state rival South Dakota State and tallied 20 digs and five service aces in the five-set win over North Dakota State. She has recorded at least 20 digs in three of six Summit League matches and her five service aces in one match tied for most in a single match in the league this season. Rasmussen completed the week with 38 total digs, 4.75 average digs per set, four assists and seven service aces. 

Katie Crowe, Purdue Fort Wayne
Junior | OH | Leo, Ind.

  • Notched her second career offensive player of the week award
  • Tallied 15 kills on a .483 clip against Oral Roberts
  • Recorded 33 kills, 4.13 kills per set and a .259 clip this weekend

Also nominated: Elizabeth Juhnke (South Dakota), Amanda Green (Denver), CeCe Madison (Oral Roberts) 

Rachael Crucis, Purdue Fort Wayne
Freshman | LB | Brunswick, Ohio 

  • Earned her first career defensive player of the week accolade
  • Leads the league in digs per set with 4.71
  • Totaled 44 digs and 5.50 digs per set in two league matches 

Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota
Senior | DS | Oak Creek, Wis.

  • Claimed her tenth career defensive player of the week accolade and fourth this season
  • Tallied five service aces in the match against North Dakota State
  • Has recorded at least 20 digs in three of six league matches

Also nominated: Macy Carrabine (Denver), Sarah Thiessen (Oral Roberts) 

Previous Players of the Week
September 3
Offense: Elizabeth Juhnke, South Dakota
Defense: Claire Mountjoy, Omaha 

September 10
Offense: Madison Jurgens, South Dakota
Defense: Maddie Wiedenfeld, South Dakota 

September 17
Offense: Sami Slaughter, South Dakota
Defense: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota 

September 24
Offense: Katie Crowe, Purdue Fort Wayne
Defense: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota 

October 1
Offensive: Sadie Limback, Omaha
Defensive: Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota 

October 8
Offensive: CeCe Madison, Oral Roberts
Defensive: Sarah Thiessen, Oral Roberts

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