Northern Illinois senior Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division‚Äôs Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
The honor is the second weekly award in Angelos‚Äô career and the first for the Huskies in 2013.
‚ÄúSarah and the team had a positive week,‚ÄĚ said NIU head coach Ray Gooden.
‚ÄúWe thank the MAC for acknowledging her offensive output. I also think that it‚Äôs great that she‚Äôs able to join a club of Huskie volleyball alums that were able to reach the 1,000 kill milestone.‚ÄĚ
Angelos had a milestone week for the Huskies, as she became the 20th player in NIU history to reach the 1,000 career kills plateau.
On Labor Day against Missouri State, she had 10 kills and seven blocks, along with a .350 attack percentage in a 3-1 loss to the Bears. Two days later against instate rival Western Illinois, Angelos again had double-digit kills with 13 to go along with a .310 hitting percentage and five blocks in the 3-2 win over the Leathernecks.
Facing third-ranked USC on Saturday, Angelos spearheaded a strong Huskie showing against the Trojans with a team-high 13 kills in the 3-1 loss. Later that night, though, the Waukegan, Ill., native had a team- and season-high .476 attack percentage, coupled with 12 kills in a convincing 3-1 win against Belmont, including the benchmark 1,000th kill in the third set.
All told, the senior finished the week with 48 kills and a .357 attack percentage in the four matches.
The Huskies return to action this weekend when they head to Las Cruces, N.M., to face UALR, Southern Utah and New Mexico State in the NM State Tournament.