Oct. 15, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan volleyball junior middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate) was named the Big Ten Conference's Player of the Week today (Monday, Oct. 15). This is her first career Player of the Week honor after receiving Freshman of the Week recognition in 2010.
Cross averaged 3.67 kills and 1.67 blocks per set in two Michigan sweeps in Big Ten play this week over No. 22 Illinois (Wednesday, Oct. 10) and Northwestern (Saturday, Oct. 13). In the straight-set win over the Fighting Illini, Cross had team highs of 14 kills and seven blocks, two of them solos. She added a career-high seven digs and helped the Wolverines to a .304 hitting percentage. Then in the 3-0 win over Northwestern, Cross had eight kills with just two errors and had three block assists. Cross currently leads the Big Ten with 1.38 blocks per set and is the only player in the league with more than 100 total blocks.
Cross earned Michigan's second Player of the Week award this season. Junior Lexi Erwin (Spring, Texas/Woodlands College Park) was named the Big Ten's Co-Player of the Week on Aug. 27, 2012.
In other conference awards, Purdue's Ariel Turner was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Nebraska's Lauren Cook earned Setter of the Week and Illinois' Alexis Viliunas was the Freshman of the Week.
Michigan will host in-state rival Michigan State this Wednesday (Oct. 17) at 7 p.m. in Cliff Keen Arena in U-M's annual Pink Match. The Wolverines will be wearing pink jerseys, which will be open for bidding in a silent auction throughout the game. Pink merchandise will also be on sale at the M Den match store, located in the Cliff Keen Arena lobby. Monetary donations to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer also will be accepted at the match.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423