University of Michigan middle blocker/right side Abby Cole of Grand Haven has been named the Big Ten Conference's volleyball Freshman of the Week.
Cole helped the Wolverines to a sweep of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge, beating both Oregon and Oregon State.
Cole had an impressive home debut for the Wolverines in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge at Cliff Keen Arena. Cole, who leads the Big Ten in hitting percentage and is sixth in blocks per set, had nine block assists in the four-set win over Oregon State on Friday night. It is the most blocks for a Wolverine since Jennifer Cross had nine in a five-set match against Western Kentucky on Sept. 14, 2012.
Cole also led the Wolverines with 16 kills and a .682 hitting percentage (16-1-22), which is the fourth-highest percentage for a single match in program history. That effort also tied a Michigan season high for kills in a match.
Cole again led the Maize and Blue in kills, as she had 12 terminations in a straight-set win over No. 12 Oregon on Saturday. She hit .500 for the match (12-2-20) and added a pair of blocks, including a solo block. Cole is averaging 3.31 kills and 1.23 blocks per set.
U-M travels to College Station, Texas, for three matches at the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend. The Wolverines open the tournament with Siena on Friday afternoon.
MARX STARS FOR BSU
Grand Haven’s Mindy Marx, a senior at Ball State University, was named to the Diet Coke Classic all-tournament team this past weekend.
Marx led all BSU players with a .643 hitting percentage at the two-day tournament, which was held in Minneapolis. She had 10 kills in her team’s win over Western Illinois.
Earlier in the event, Ball State lost to Duke. The Cardinals are 4-3 on the season.
Marx is second on the team in kills with 61 and in blocks with 17.
MIAA honors Hazekamp, Morlock
Fruitport’s Lauren Hazekamp and Grand Haven’s Will Morlock were honored by the MIAA for their performances on the Hope College volleyball and soccer teams, respectively.
Hazekamp, a sophomore setter, is the MIAA Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball.
Morlock, a junior goalie, is the MIAA men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
Hazekamp dished out 106 assists at 11.8 per set and added 24 digs and six blocks in leading the Flying Dutch to a sweep of all three of their MIAA opponents for the week. She had 41 assists, nine digs and three blocks in a win over Olivet and 35 assists, eight digs and three blocks as Hope swept Trine.
Hazekamp’s efforts helped Hope post a team hitting percentage of .298 for the week. It is the first time she has been named MIAA Specialty Player of the Week in her career. The Player of Week honor went to Calvin College’s Maggie Kamp.
Morlock allowed only one goal in leading the Flying Dutchmen to a pair of nonconference wins. He had three saves in 2-0 victory against Madonna, then turned away eight shots as Hope posted a 2-1 victory over nationally ranked Wheaton (Ill.).
Morlock is being honored as Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Calvin forward Travis Vegter claimed the weekly award on offense.