University at Buffalo Volleyball

Bulls Sweep MAC East Player Of The Week Honors

Kristin Bignell honored on offensive side, while Tori Beckman is recognized on defensive end

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Kristin Bignell
BUFFALO, NY The UB womens volleyball team swept the MAC East Player of the Week awards following their two matches this past weekend. Junior Kristin Bignell was honored as the Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Tori Beckman picked up her second Defensive Player of the Week award this season.

To sweep the awards this week says a lot for us as a program, said head coach Todd Kress. We have six tough teams in this division and to win these awards is a huge step forward in the right direction.

Bignell led the team in hitting this past weekend with a .368 mark. She had 14 kills against Western Michigan and added another 12 against Northern Illinois. She also added six total blocks on the weekend, including two solos. Bignell currently leads the team and is second in the MAC in blocks at 1.08 per set. She is fourth on the team in kills with 127.

I am extremely proud of Kristin for being acknowledged as the offensive player of the week, said Kress. We moved her over to a different position this year and every day she continues to get better.
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Tori Beckman

Beckman had a career weekend as she picked up her second MAC honor. She became the first UB player to record 30 digs in a match since 2006 as she had 31 in the loss to Northern Illinois. That career high lasted for all of a day as she had 36 digs in UBs five-set win over Western Michigan. The 36 digs were the most by a UB player since Rebecca Meade had 33 digs against Youngstown State on Sept. 5, 1999. Beckman currently leads the Bulls with 360 digs, which is second in the conference.

I very happy that Tori was recognized for her performance this past weekend, said Kress. To win this award twice as a freshman speaks volumes to her contribution to this team. She has continued to get better each day and will continue to grow as this season progresses.

The Bulls hit the road this weekend as they head to Central Michigan on Friday night and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7:00 pm.

10/19/2009
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