Westside alum Mollie Arnold named GAC Offensive Player of the Week

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (HardingSports.com) – Junior outside hitter Mollie Arnold and senior setter Amber Schinzing were both named Great American Conference Player of the Week in a release by the conference office on Tuesday. It's the first honor for Arnold this season and the second for Schinzing.

It's the third time in her career Mollie Arnold, a Bono, Ark. native, has been named GAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week. It's also the first time this season a Harding player has been named offensive player of the week. Arnold averaged 4.37 kills per set in five matches last week. She also averaged 3.42 digs per set and hit for a .312 hitting percentage. Arnold had over 20 kills in two matches - 21 against Truman State and 20 against No. 4 Washburn.

Amber Schinzing, a native of Orlando, Fla., averaged 11.06 assists per set last week. In the Washburn Fall Classic she averaged over 40 assists per set in the four-match tournament. Schinzing had 52 assists against No. 4 Washburn. She also had seven service aces last week. It was the second time this season Schinzing has received the award.

Harding went 3-2 on the week. The Lady Bisons defeated Henderson State 3-0, Missouri Western State 3-0 and Northwest Missouri State 3-1. Harding fell to Truman State 1-3 and No. 4 Washburn 2-3.

Junior defensive specialist Lisa Copeland and junior middle blocker Alyssa Short have also been recipients of the award this season. Both were named GAC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Lady Bisons will be back in action on Thursday as they host Union at the Rhodes Field House at 7 p.m.