By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –South Dakota middle blocker Taylor Wilson and North Dakota State outside hitter McKenzie Burke claimed this week's offensive and defensive player of the week awards after helping their respective teams to a perfect weekend in league play.
Wilson was named the offensive player of the week after guiding the Coyotes to their fifth-straight Summit League sweep of the season. Wilson turned in 12 kills during a one-error performance to hit an impressive .647 in the 3-0 victory over Western Illinois. In the 3-0 win over Purdue Fort Wayne, she tallied 15 kills for a .367 hitting percentage. On the weekend, Wilson recorded 27 kills (4.50 kills per set) and a .468 hitting percentage, while adding one service ace.
Burke earned the defensive player of the week award after helping the Bison rally from a two-set deficit to defeat Oral Roberts 3-2 and fight off South Dakota State to capture a 3-1 win. She notched double-doubles in both matches after she tallied 19 kills and 22 digs against ORU and 15 kills alongside 18 digs against SDSU. Burke ended the weekend with 34 kills (3.78 kills per set), 40 digs (4.44 digs per set) and three total blocks.
Taylor Wilson, South Dakota
Senior | MB | Corydon, Ind.
- Received her first career offensive player of the week award
- Her .647 hitting percentage against WIU was a season high
- Sits atop the league in average hitting percentage (.372)
Also nominated: Emma Willis (Denver), Sydney Boerst (Purdue Fort Wayne), Alexis Bachmeier (North Dakota State), CeCe Madison (Oral Roberts), Isabella Sade (Omaha)
McKenzie Burke, North Dakota State
Senior | OH | Osceola, Wis.
- Claimed her first career weekly honor
- Recorded double-doubles for the third match in a row making for seven on the season and ten in her career
- Her 22 digs in the victory over ORU was a career-high
Also nominated: Lydia Bartalo (Denver), Nicole Rightnowar (Purdue Fort Wayne), Anne Rasmussen (South Dakota), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts), Claire Mountjoy (Omaha)
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
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.