Oct. 28, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University volleyball team swept MAC East Player of the Week honors Monday for the second time this season, as sophomore setter Abby Gilleland and graduate middle blocker Alexis Pinson each garnered recognition from the league.
Gilleland was named the MAC East Offensive Player of the Week, while Pinson collected MAC East Defensive Player of the Week honors.
For Gilleland, it marked the second time this season she’s garnered the offensive award. Pinson is Defensive Player of the Week for a MAC-leading fourth time, having also captured the honor on Sept. 9, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14.
Gilleland notched 10.6 assists/set, 1.8 kills/set and hit a blistering .469 this past weekend to lead Ohio to its first road sweep of the Northern Illinois-Western Michigan trip since the 2007 season. The Bull Valley, Ill., native also notched a solid 3.33 digs/set and 0.6 blocks/set on the weekend.
In Friday’s matchup against Northern Illinois, Gilleland recorded a match-high 39 assists to go along with seven kills, eight digs and an impressive .583 hitting percentage. On Saturday at WMU, Gilleland put forth one of the best performances of her career, notching personal bests in assists (56) and digs (33). The sophomore just missed out on a triple-double, as she also knocked down nine kills, hit .400 and tallied three total blocks and a service ace.
Pinson put forth an excellent defensive effort for Ohio this weekend, knocking down 1.44 blocks/set to help the Bobcats sweep the Northern Illinois-Western Michigan road trip for the first time since 2007. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also notched 2.8 points and 1.9 kills/set while hitting .325 over the two matches.
On Friday at NIU, Pinson led Ohio with eight total blocks (including one solo) while chipping in four kills, three digs and a service ace. During the Bobcats important 3-2 win at WMU Saturday, the graduate student recorded five total blocks and dazzled offensively with 13 kills while hitting a solid .393.
The Bobcats return to action against Akron on Friday at 7 p.m., then match up with Buffalo on Saturday at 7 p.m.