NIU volleyball player MacKenzie Roddy was named the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week, the league announced Thursday.
Roddy led NIU to a perfect 2-0 MAC home opening weekend after being at Victor E. Court for the first time since an 8-6 road trip.
Off to a 3-1 start in league play for the second time in three years (2010) and winners of nine of their last 12 matches, the Huskies earned their third straight win over Ball State (3-1) on Sept. 28 as Roddy tallied 15 kills, 12 digs, two blocks, and an assist and ace for 17 points, while hitting a respectable .316.
In NIU’s third straight win over Toledo (3-0), and 12th in the last 14 meetings, Roddy totaled 12 kills, eight digs, two blocks, and hit .333. For the weekend, the Californian averaged 4.43 points, 3.86 kills, 0.57 blocks, 0.14 aces, and hit .323. Roddy now has eight matches with over a .300 hitting percentage and four double-doubles.
Roddy, a sophomore from San Bernardino, Calif., maintains a 3.893 grade point average as an accountancy major. This is the first time she has won the award and is the first Huskie athlete to win the award this season.
NIU returns to MAC action at 7 p.m. today to host Western Michigan at Victor E. Court. The team hits the road Saturday to take on Miami (Ohio) at 4 p.m.