Denver’s King, Fort Wayne’s Spencer, IUPUI’s Howard Earn Weekly Volleyball Honors

Denver's Colleen King, Fort Wayne's Emily Spencer and IUPUI's Beth Howard
Denver's Colleen King, Fort Wayne's Emily Spencer and IUPUI's Beth Howard

ELMHURST, Ill. – Denver's Colleen King and Fort Wayne's Emily Spencer were named The Summit League Volleyball Offensive Players of the Week, while IUPUI's Beth Howard was named The Defensive Player of the Week for their performances Oct. 14-20.

Colleen King, Denver

Sr. // RS // Steamboat Springs, Colo.
King collects her third Offensive Player of the Week honor this season after leading the Pioneers to an undefeated weekend in league play with sweeps over Omaha and Western Illinois.  In Friday's victory over the Mavericks, the right-side hitter recorded a 12-kill, 12-assist double-double and a .357 hitting percentage.  Then against the Fighting Leathernecks she dished out 15 assists along with seven kills and only two errors to hit .500.  For the week, King recorded 19 kills with a .395 hitting percentage, averaging 3.17 kills per set in addition to 27 assists with an average of 4.50 assists per set.  She also chipped in 10 digs, five blocks and one service ace.

Emily Spencer, Fort Wayne
Jr. // OH // Jenison, Mich.
Spencer garners her third Offensive Player of the Week award this season and the fifth of her career after recording 20-plus kills in two-straight matches and averaging 0.57 more kills per set than the NCAA leader.  At North Dakota State, the junior outside hitter posted 24 kills and a .375 hitting percentage, her second-best kill total this season.  Then in a sweep of South Dakota State, she posted 20 kills with three errors for a season-high .425 hitting percentage.  On the week, Spencer recorded 44 kills, averaging 6.29 kills per set and a .398 clip.  She also added 16 digs (2.29 digs per set), five blocks, four assists and two service aces, while averaging 7.00 points per set.

Also nominated: Alexis Meeks, IUPUI; Jenni Fassbender, North Dakota State; Kendall Kritenbrink, South Dakota.

Previous honorees: 9/3 – Emily Spencer, Fort Wayne; 9/9 – Colleen King, Denver; 9/16 – Kendall Kritenbrink, South Dakota; 9/23 – Colleen King, Denver & Emily Spencer, Fort Wayne; 9/30 – Samantha Fournier, Western Illinois; 10/7 – Kendall Kritenbrink, South Dakota; 10/14 – Alexis Meeks, IUPUI.

Beth Howard, IUPUI
Jr. // DS // Fort Wayne, Ind.
Howard collects her second Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season and her career after helping the Jaguars to an undefeated weekend in league play.  The junior defensive specialist opened the week posting 31 digs in a five-set loss to Valparaiso, her second 30-plus dig performance on the season.  Then in back-to-back league sweeps, she tallied 14 digs at South Dakota State and 15 digs at North Dakota State.  For the week, Howard recorded 60 digs, averaging 5.45 digs per set, topping her league-best season average of 4.88 digs per set.  She also added five assists and four service aces.  In league play alone last week, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native averaged 4.83 digs per set also better than her league-high average of 4.67 digs per set.

Also nominated: Sarah Schmid, Denver; Hailie Ripley, Fort Wayne; Monica Claxton, North Dakota State; Kaitlyn Hastings, South Dakota.

Previous honorees: 9/3 – Jen Milligan, Fort Wayne; 9/9 – Audrey Reeg, South Dakota; 9/16 – Beth Howard, IUPUI; 9/23 – Melissa Firtko, South Dakota; 9/30 – Sarah Schmid, Denver; 10/7 – Hailie Ripley, Fort Wayne; 10/14 – Molly Murphy, Western Illinois.

In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 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), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), 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 eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.

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