ELMHURST, Ill. – For the second-consecutive week, both Oral Roberts' Laura Milos and South Dakota's Anne Rasmussen locked down the #SummitVB Player of the Week awards. Milos nabbed the offensive honor after blasting her 2,000 career kill, while Rasmussen earned the defensive title after averaging 9.00 digs/set over the weekend.
The Golden Eagles (7-9, 4-0) won their fourth straight contest and remained undefeated in league play thanks in part to the historic efforts of Milos. After posting 19 kills in a road victory over South Dakota State, Milos stuffed the stat sheet with 30 kills to secure the win over then-undefeated in league play North Dakota State. Her fourth kill against the Bison was the 2,000 of her career, making her only the third athlete in #SummitVB history to accomplish such a feat.
Milos ended the weekend with 49 total kills, averaging 7.00 kills/set and hitting at a .438 clip. In the NCAA this season, Milos ranks third in kills/set (5.25), total kills (310) and points/set (5.82). She also ranks second in the nation in total points (343.5). With 2,026 kills for her career, Milos remains at No. 3 on The Summit League's all-time kills list (80 kills behind No. 2 on that list).
Like Milos, this is the second-consecutive Player of the Week award for Rasmussen, who guided the Coyotes (8-7, 2-1) to a three-set road victory over Fort Wayne on Friday. There, the sophomore defensive specialist dug out 27 balls, averaging nine per set. It was the third straight match for Rasmussen in which she logged 25-plus digs and her 9.00 digs/set average would rank No. 1 on the #SummitVB all-time single season list by nearly two full digs.
Nationally, Rasmussen ranks No. 29 in digs/set (5.18) and her 27 digs is tied for the ninth-most recorded in a three set-match this season.
Laura Milos, Oral Roberts
Sr. // Outside Hitter // Porec, Croatia
- In seven sets played, hit .438 with 49 kills (7.00 kills/set)
- Logged match-high kills versus SDSU (19) and NDSU (30)
- Became the third athlete in #SummitVB history to register 2,000 career kills
- Ranks No. 3 in the NCAA this season in kills/set (5.25)
- All-time league leader in career Player of the Week awards (14)
- Surpassed 30-plus kills for the second time this season
- Surpassed 20-plus kills for the seventh time this season
Also nominated: Becca Latham (Denver), Abby Bergsten (Omaha), Mackenzie Steckler (Western Illinois), Brittany Jessen (South Dakota), Katie Crowe (Fort Wayne), Allie Mauch (North Dakota State)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Kayla Principato (Denver) | Sept. 5 – Brianna Rasmusson (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Laura Milos (Oral Roberts) | Sept. 18 – Kelly Law (USD) | Sept. 25 – Laura Milos
Anne Rasmussen, South Dakota
So. // Defensive Specialist // Oak Creek, Wis.
- Tallied 27 digs (9.00 digs/set) in a three-set win over Fort Wayne
- In the NCAA, 27 digs is tied for the ninth-best total in a three-set match this season
- Summit League ranking (league matches): No. 1 in digs (87) and digs/set (7.25)
- Summit League ranking (all matches): No. 2 in digs (290) and digs/set (5.18)
- Third-straight 25-plus dig performance
- Second-career Summit League Defensive Player of the Week title
Also nominated: Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Cassidy Rooke (Denver), Anna Blaschko (Omaha), Claire Grove (Western Illinois), Brianna Rasmusson (North Dakota State), Natalie Seiler (Fort Wayne)
Previous Winners: Aug. 28 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 5 – Bella Lien (NDSU) | Sept. 11 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 18 – Mikaela Purnell (NDSU) | Sept. 25 – Anne Rasmussen
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