Newcomers named Players of the Week

Omaha freshman Sydney Case and North Dakota freshman Taliyah Flores each picked up their third weekly honor of the season.
Omaha freshman Sydney Case and North Dakota freshman Taliyah Flores each picked up their third weekly honor of the season.

By: Aubrie Laufenberg
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –Omaha freshman Sydney Case and North Dakota freshman Taliyah Flores received this week's Summit League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively.

Case's offense guided the Mavericks to remain undefeated in league play this past weekend as they defeated South Dakota 3-1 and Oral Roberts 3-0. She helped the team to a .229 hitting percentage on the weekend. Case ended the weekend with 82 assists (11.71 assists per set), four service aces and 24 digs (3.43 digs per set).

Flores led the defensive effort for the Fighting Hawks in a week of full of competition, including a tough 3-0 loss to undefeated and sixth-ranked Pittsburgh and a split in league play. She tallied 66 digs for a 6.60 digs per set average overall. In league action, Flores recorded 59 of her 66 overall digs, which earned her an impressive 8.43 digs per set average.

Sydney Case, Omaha

Freshman | S | Lakeville, Minn.

  • Earned her third career offensive player of the week honor
  • Leads the league in assists per set (11.53) and ranked 9th nationally in this week's stats
  • Recorded back-to-back double-doubles with 38 assists and 13 digs against South Dakota and 44 assists and 11 digs versus Oral Roberts

Also nominated: Tina Boe (Denver), Emily Halverson (North Dakota State), Nicole Rightnowar (Purdue Fort Wayne), Jordan Vail (North Dakota), Hayley Dotseth (South Dakota), Bria Bergman (Oral Roberts)

Taliyah Flores, North Dakota

Freshman | L | Papillion, Neb.

  • Received her third career weekly accolade
  • Finished with a career-high 38 digs in the 3-1 victory over NDSU and followed up with 21 digs against South Dakota
  • Leads the league in total digs (459) and sits 7th in the national rankings

Also nominated: Macy Carrabine (Denver), Abbi Klos (North Dakota State), Elizabeth Britner (Purdue Fort Wayne), Anna Blaschko (Omaha), Anne Rasmussen (South Dakota), Tori Roe (Oral Roberts)

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