From the Big 12 Conference
For the second week in a row, Missouri has claimed two Big 12 volleyball weekly honors, as Brittney Brimmage and Emily Wilson earned Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Aubree Piper (Texas Tech) was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Dating back to the 2010 season, Missouri has earned two of the three weekly award distinctions in five of the past seven weeks. This marks the second career honor for Brimmage, who collected the same distinction on Nov. 1 last season. Wilson was the recipient of the Rookie of the Week accolade last week. This is Piper's first award, and the first time a Red Raider has earned a weekly recognition since 2008.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brittney Brimmage, Missouri, MB, Sr., 6-3, East St.Louis, Ill.
Brimmage was named the Blue Raider Bash MVP after guiding Mizzou to a 4-1 mark on the weekend. She led the team and the tournament with 56 kills on .637 hitting while tallying 13 total blocks in 16 sets played with a team-high 63.5 total points. The senior's .637 average was a league-best over the weekend as she continues to lead the Big 12 in hitting at .598 on the season. She also ranks ninth in the Big 12 in kills per set (3.18). Brimmage began her weekend with a team-best 10 kills on .562 hitting and three blocks in a four-set loss at Middle Tennessee State. The East St. Louis, Ill., product recorded another 10-kill performance in the Tigers' match with Austin Peay and tallied her 10 kills on just 13 swings, good for a .692 attack percentage. Her best match of the tournament came on Saturday morning against East Tennessee State with 18 kills on 22 swings with one error, good for a .773 attack percentage, the second-best hitting performance in the Big 12 this season and the best by a player with more than 15 kills. Her 18 kills in that match set a career-best along with her .773 attack percentage and her 18.5 total points. She followed with a nine-kill effort against Florida International, doing so on .600 hitting as she led Mizzou in both categories in the match. In the championship match, Brimmage tallied nine kills on .500 hitting with four digs and three assists.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Aubree Piper, Texas Tech, MB, So., 6-1, Amarillo, Texas
Piper, who averaged 2.10 blocks last weekend, finished with a solo block and 20 block assists as the middle blocker was an influential force behind the Red Raiders claiming the Texas Tech Invitational crown. The sophomore added 15 kills on the attack, matching her career high for total blocks (8) and block assists (7) against Northwestern State on Friday evening. She followed the performance with eight block assists, a new career high, the following day against Morehead State. That win helped extend Texas Tech's winning streak to five-straight, the program's longest streak since early in the 2006 season. Piper hit .249 on the weekend as the Red Raiders are now 5-1 on the year, the school's best start since 2003.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Emily Wilson, Missouri, OH, Fr., 6-3, Omaha, Neb.
Wilson tallied 40 kills on .312 hitting with eight digs, an ace and seven blocks while accounting for 45 total points in the Tigers' five matches over the weekend. The freshman began her performance by posting a team-best 10 kills on 27 attacks (.333 hitting) while pitching in a pair of block assists at Middle Tennessee State. She led the Tigers in their sweep of Austin Peay with 12 kills on 27 swings (.259 hitting) while tallying a service ace and three block assists. She accounted for a match-high 14.5 total points, just a half a point shy of her career-best. Wilson posted five kills on 12 swings (.333) with two digs and a solo block against East Tennessee State. The Omaha, Neb.-native recorded five kills and a block against FIU and closed her weekend with an eight-kill effort against Auburn in the tournament championship match, doing so on just 14 swings (.500 hitting). She ranks seventh in the Big 12 in hitting at .395.
BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
Date Offensive Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week Rookie of the Week
Aug. 29 Molly Kreklow, Missouri, S, So. Kristen Hahn, Iowa State, L, So. Emily Wilson, Missouri, OH, Fr.
Sept. 6 Brittney Brimmage, Missouri, mb, Sr. Aubree Piper, Texas Tech, MB, So. Emily Wilson, Missouri, OH, Fr.