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Brown, Oliver Sweep MAC West Awards

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/04/2012
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced today that Jessica Brown and Lena Oliver of the Western Michigan volleyball team were named the MAC West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for September 4. The honor is the second of the season for Oliver and the first of the year for Brown.

Lena Oliver was named the Tournament MVP of the Panther Invitational, hosted by Milwaukee, and averaged 5.27 digs and 1.45 assists per set for the Broncos in their three wins over the weekend.  Oliver had a match-high 17 digs against Southeast Missouri State in the team's 3-0 victory, and finished just one assist shy of the double-double as she contributed nine helpers to the cause.  With Oliver in the back row, the Broncos held the Redhawks to just a .158 hitting percentage for the match, and the Broncos out-dug the Redhawks 67-58.  

Oliver was essential in the Broncos' comeback against Milwaukee in the nightcap on Friday, helping her team come back from a 2-0 deficit to win the match 3-2.  Oliver had a team-high 22 digs as the Broncos held Milwaukee to just .179 hitting, and led a unit that had five total players reach double-digits in digs.  

Oliver wrapped the weekend and clinched the Tournament MVP nod with her match-high 19-dig performance against Bradley, helping the Broncos to a 65-42 advantage in digs over the Braves.  Throughout the entire weekend, Oliver was not aced a single time.

Brown was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2012 Panther Invitational, and was essential in the Broncos' posting their three wins. Brown had a match-high 13 kills in the win over SEMO, committing just two errors to record a .458 hitting percentage; in addition, Brown had a match-high five blocks against the Redhawks.  

Brown battled her way to 13 kills, five digs, and four blocks against Milwaukee, and recorded two of the most important plays in the match in the process: Brown recorded the set-winning point in the fourth set with a service ace, and would record the match-winning kill in the fifth set as well.  

Against Bradley, Brown recorded 11 kills through two sets, and played just sparingly in the third set as the Broncos cruised to the three-set sweep win.

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