Four student-athletes from the MCAC Volleyball ranks have been tabbed as Players-of-the-Week in their respective roles by the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
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Mikala Kowarsch of Mesabi Range College collected 50 set assists on her way to being named MCAC Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week for the week ending September 30.
In addition to setting up her teammates, Kowarsch had 16 digs and 3 aces on the week. Mesabi Range defeated Rainy River Community College 3-0, while falling to No. 1 Central Lakes College by a 3-1 scoreline and lost at Northland CTC, 3-0.
The Norse will continue MCAC Northern Division play with matches at Vermilion on October 2 and home against the NCTC Pioneers on Saturday, October 6.
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Carrie Rutledge, an outside hitter at Rochester Community & Technical College put together a strong week for the Yellowjackets on the way to being named 'Hitter-of-the-Week' in MCAC Volleyball.
Rutledge, from Hayfield, Minnesota, had 54 total kills on the week, including a 25-kill performance against NJCAA Division II NIACC. She also collected 27 digs along the way, helping her team to a 3-0 win over Bethel's JV team, a 3-0 MCAC Southern Division win over SCTCC and a 3-1 triumph over NIACC.
Rochester will travel to the DMACC Invitational tournament on Friday, October 5 and Saturday October 6 in their next set of matches.
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Jessica Lemke has been named the Defensive Player-of-the-Week in MCAC Volleyball for the week ending September 30.
Ridgewater went 2-1 over the past week, collecting a Southern Division 3-0 win over Minnesota West, and going 1-1 at Central Lakes, defeating Vermilion 3-0 and dropping their 2nd match to No. 1 CLC, 3-1.
Ridgewater and Lemke will play next on Wednesday, October 3 when they travel to Fergus Falls for a 6:30pm match at M State.
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Brenna Dallager of Northland Community & Technical College has been named the MCAC Volleyball All-Around Player-of-the-Week for the week ending September 30.
Dallager was a key part of the successful week for the Pioneers, as they rattled off three straight MCAC wins and earned a spot in the 'Receiving Votes' category of the NJCAA Top Ten poll.
The sophomore from Stathcona, Minnesota had 16 kills, and 34 assists to the NCTC attack. She added 16 digs and hit for .325 overall in the three-win week for the Pioneers. Northland rose to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the Northern Division by posting identical 3-0 wins over Itasca, Vermilion and Mesabi Range College.
Northland will face No. 1 ranked Central Lakes College on Wednesday in an important MCAC Northern Division match-up. Start time is set for 6:30pm.
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The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.