Oct. 24, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State setter Marisa Main (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) and middle blocker Nicole Britenriker (So., Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week by the Big Ten Conference office today. Main earned her second-consecutive Player of the Week honor as she posted back-to-back triple-doubles in wins at No. 12 Minnesota and Iowa last weekend. She had 12 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs in an upset sweep at Minnesota and 10 kills, 60 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 victory at Iowa. Main, who has now posted three straight triple-doubles, has four this season and seven in her career. Running the offense, Main had three players with double-figure kills at Minnesota and five at Iowa. For the two matches, she had a .858 percentage in her assists with 97 of 113 leading to kills. She was 37 of 45 (.822) against Minnesota and 60 of 68 (.882) at Iowa. Main’s 97 assists on the weekend gives her 2,690 in her two-year career at Ohio State and has moved to sixth on the OSU career list passing Marlene O’Brien (1983-86) with 2,621.
Britenriker earns her first-ever Defensive Player of the Week award and is the first Buckeye to ever earn the Defensive award, which was implemented this season. Last weekend, the OSU sophomore had nine kills, five assist blocks, and career-highs of six assists and 11 digs in a 3-0 upset at Minnesota. The following night, she had 17 kills while hitting a career-high .609 (17 kills, 3 errors, 23 attempts) at Iowa, adding five assists blocks while setting a new career-high of 14 digs. Britenriker also posted her first career double-figure dig matches in back-to-back contests.
For the weekend, Britenriker averaged 3.71 kills and hit at a .413 clip. Her 25 combined digs and 3.57 per game average were both Buckeye team-highs. Her 10 assist blocks on the weekend for a 1.43 per game average was good for second on the squad.
No. 20 Ohio State, 14-5 overall and 7-3 in the Big Ten (tied for third), has home matches this weekend as the Buckeyes host Northwestern (12-8, 3-7, 3-way tie for 7th) Friday and No. 7 Wisconsin (16-3, 8-2, second) Saturday in 7 p.m. matches in St. John Arena.