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Roddy, Brereton claim MAC volleyball recognition

September 15, 2014
Mackenzie Roddy

Mackenzie Roddy

Northern Illinois University senior Mackenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) and  freshman Anna Brereton (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie) have been named the MAC West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the league announced Monday.

This marks the second time this season that Roddy has garnered the award, while it is the first for Brereton. It also marks the first time since Sept. 11, 2012, that the Huskies have swept the weekly conference honors.

Roddy had another big week against the nation’s best competition. In four matches – including three against Top 100 RPI teams – the San Bernardino, California, native posted 63 kills (3.94 kills/set), a .222 attack percentage and 69.5 points (4.34 points/set), in addition to 39 digs (2.44 digs/set).

On Tuesday at Northern Iowa, Roddy posted 11 kills (3.67 kills/set), two blocks (0.67 blocks/set) and 13 digs (4.33 digs/set) to help lead NIU to a 3-0 sweep of the Panthers.

In their tournament opener at Morehead State, Roddy chipped in nine kills (3.0 kills/set) and a service ace (0.33 aces/set) in a 3-0 sweep of the host Eagles

Later that afternoon against #15 Arizona State, Roddy tallied 18 spikes (3.6 kills/set) , a .267 hitting percentage, three aces (0.6 aces/set), 12 digs (2.4 digs/set) and two blocks (0.4 blocks/set), as the Huskies took the Sun Devils to five sets but lost, 3-2. The outside hitter finished the weekend with 25 kills (5.0 kills/set) and a .279 attack percentage, as the Huskies rallied from a 2-1 deficit to stun the Louisville Cardinals, 3-2.

Anna Brereton

Anna Brereton

Brereton recorded another strong week on defense, posting 78 digs (4.88 digs/set) in four matches.

On Tuesday against Northern Iowa, the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native registered an impressive 27 digs (9.0 digs/set) and a perfect receiving percentage in a 3-0 sweep of the Panthers.

Three days later in the tournament opener at Morehead State, Brereton tallied 12 digs (4.0 digs/set) in a 3-0 sweep of the host Eagles. Later that day against No.15 Arizona State, she keyed the Huskie defense with 24 digs (4.8 digs/set) in a 3-2 loss to the nationally-ranked Sun Devils. Brereton closed the tournament with 15 digs (3.0 digs/set) in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Louisville.

The Huskies return to action Tuesday night when they host in-state rival UIC in Victor E. Court. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.

For more information on NIU volleyball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.