By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Purdue Fort Wayne's Nicole Rightnowar and North Dakota's Taliyah Flores were named The Summit League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their performances during the last weekend of non-conference play.
Rightnowar helped the Mastodons claim the Robert Morris Sheraton Invitational title with a 2-0 record. Rightnowar was named Tournament MVP after recording 31 kills (4.43/set) and a .231 hitting percentage. She led the team in kills and was second on the team in digs with 20.
Flores' defensive efforts guided the Fighting Hawks to a 3-2 record after a series of matches in Florida. She registered 123 total digs (5.86/set) on the week. Flores recorded 36 digs in the victory over Charlotte, which is the most in a single game for the Fighting Hawks since 2015.
Senior | OH | Temperance, Mich.
- Earned her second career offensive player of the week award
- Leads the league with a 3.92 kills per set average
- Notched a double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs in the sweep over Duquense
Also nominated: Sadie Limback (Omaha), Kayla Williams (North Dakota), Ashlynn Smith (South Dakota State), Katarina Mikulic (Oral Roberts), Hayley Dotseth (South Dakota), Emma Willis (Denver)
Taliyah Flores, North Dakota
Freshman | L | Papillion, Neb.
- Received her first career defensive player of the week honor
- Named to the USF All-Tournament team
- Tallied 24 digs, three assists and two service aces in the 3-1 victory over New Orleans
Also nominated: Elizabeth Britner (Purdue Fort Wayne), Anna Blaschko (Omaha), Payton Richardson (South Dakota State), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Anne Rasmussen (South Dakota), Macy Carrabine (Denver)
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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.