Utah Valley University senior middle blocker Madison Dennison has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 23-29. This is her third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and fifth of her career.
The Pleasant Grove, Utah native led the Wolverines to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 3.33 kills on .400 hitting, 2.33 blocks and 0.83 digs. Dennison opened the week with seven blocks, five kills and four digs in a straight-set victory over first-place CSU Bakersfield. With her seven blocks, she helped Utah Valley set a school record for the most team blocks in a three-set match with 17.0. Dennison then had a match-high 15 kills on .440 hitting and seven more blocks in a sweep of Grand Canyon. By hitting .440, she helped the Wolverines post a season-high .402 attack percentage. Dennison, who currently leads the nation in total blocks (160), also leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.320) and blocks per set (1.68).
Other nominees included: Lacee Adams of Chicago State who averaged 11.25 assists and 1.88 digs per set last week; Grand Canyon's Teagan DeFalco who averaged 4.25 kills, 2.25 digs and 4.44 points per set as the Lopes went 1-1 on the week; Alicia Harrington of Kansas City who averaged 3.63 kills and 3.00 digs per set as the Roos went 1-1 on the week; NM State's Kassandra Tohm who averaged 4.67 kills on .393 hitting and 0.67 digs per set as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week; Katarina Marinkovic of Seattle U who averaged 4.22 kills and 2.11 digs per set as the Redhawks went 1-1 on the week; and UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen who averaged 4.40 kills and 1.10 digs per set as the Vaqueros went 1-1 on the week.
Dennison and the Wolverines (12-13, 7-3 WAC) head on the road this week for a pair of crucial WAC contests at first-place New Mexico State (17-7, 8-2 WAC) on Thursday and second-place UT Rio Grande Valley (13-10, 7-3 WAC) on Saturday.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.