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Courtesy: Zolton Cohen

Oliver, Yancy Claim MAC West Players of the Week

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/02/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Mid-American Conference announced its selections for Volleyball Player of the Week today, with Western Michigan's Stephenee Yancy and Lena Oliver earning MAC West Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

Yancy was offensively dominant for the Broncos at the 2013 Holiday Inn West Bronco Classic, leading the field in kills (59), kills per set (4.54), and hitting percentage (.465) to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. The reigning MAC Freshman of the Year appeared unblockable at times, hitting .424 or better in each of the three matches, and finishing with no less than 18 kills in any of those matches. Yancy had a match-high 19 kills on 33 swings with just five errors in the Broncos’ win over Northwestern, their first win over a B1G opponent since Sept. 18, 2009 against Indiana. Yancy also served up seven blocks in the victory over the Wildcats. Yancy was even better against Milwaukee, notching the match-high of 22 kills on 34 swings with just four errors for a .529 hitting percentage. Defensively, Yancy contributed four blocks. Yancy posted the match-high in kills against Oklahoma as well, recording 18 on 32 swings with just four errors for a .438 hitting percentage.

Oliver led the tournament in digs and came just short of claiming a major statistical milestone in the process. Oliver averaged 5.31 digs per set over the weekend, nearly a full dig per set more than the second place finisher (Eden Williams, OU – 4.40) despite the fact the Broncos finished third out of four teams in digs. Oliver opened with a match-high 24-dig performance against Northwestern in Friday’s season opener, and was even better the next day against Milwaukee, contributing a match-high 29 digs against the Panthers in the Broncos’ 3-2 win. Oliver had a match-high 16 digs in the loss to tournament champion Oklahoma, falling just three short of reaching her 2,000th career dig.