Northern Illinois University senior Mackenzie Roddy (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Roddy earned a weekly conference honor for the third time this season, as she was the division’s Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 1 and Sept. 15.
Roddy was a force both offensively and defensively for the Huskies in their 2-0 weekend, which gave NIU its best start (4-0) in the MAC since 1997. The Californian ranked second on the team with 29 digs (3.22 digs/set) and led the team with nine blocks (1.00 blocks/set), in addition to 39 kills (4.33 kills/set) and 45.5 points (5.06 points/set).
Thursday against Western Michigan, Roddy had six blocks (1.50 blocks/set) and 14 digs (3.5 digs/set) that, along with 14 kills (3.5 kills/set), helped lead NIU to a 3-1 victory over the Broncos. Saturday at Miami, she notched three blocks (0.6 blocks/set), 15 digs (3.0 digs/set) and 25 kills (5.0 kills/set) in a hard-fought 3-2 road win against the RedHawks.
The Huskies return to the court this weekend as they head to the Great Lakes State to face Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.