Volleyball’s Mackenzie Roddy earns MAC West weekly defensive crown

Mackenzie Roddy
Mackenzie Roddy

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.

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

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