COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference released its weekly volleyball awards on Monday. Junior setter Mac Podraza was named Big Ten Co-Setter of the Week and freshman middle blocker Arica Davis was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, following their performances against No. 6 Purdue and Rutgers.
Podraza continued to distribute the ball well last week as Ohio State beat No. 6 Purdue in four sets on Friday and turned around to sweep Rutgers on Saturday. Podraza totaled 81 assists (11.57 per set) through seven sets and also averaged 2.57 digs per set to step up for the strong OSU defense.
Against Purdue, Podraza recorded 13 digs, only one shy of her season high and two shy of her career high, though 13 is tied for her career-high in less than five sets. She added a pair of blocks and 44 assists against Purdue. Against Rutgers, Podraza recorded 37 assists and her highest assist percentage (.544) of the season when playing more than three sets. This season, Podraza has 718 assists and is averaging 11.97 per set, which was good for second in the nation before this weekend.
Davis continued to shine as Ohio State beat No. 6 Purdue on Friday and Rutgers on Saturday. Last week, Davis tied for the team-high 11 blocks, averaging 1.57 per set, and hit .409 with 13 kills (1.86 per set).
Davis registered her 100th kill against the Scarlet Knights, the first of her six kills during the match. Against Rutgers, she hit .857 (six kills on seven attempts with no errors), which contributed to the Buckeyes having their best hitting match (.443) of the season. Against Purdue, Davis had seven kills and six blocks. This is the sixth and seventh time this season that Davis has recorded at least five blocks in a match. This season, Davis leads OSU in blocks with 81 (1.33 per set) and is averaging 1.72 kills per set. This is the third time this season Davis has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.