Northern Illinois University sophomore Jenna Radtke (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Stevenson) has been named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
This marks the second time in Radtke has won the weekly award in her career, as she also was named the division’s defensive player of the week on Nov. 11, 2013. The sophomore is also the third Huskie to win the defensive honor this year – joining Anna Brereton (Sept. 15) and Mackenzie Roddy (Oct. 6) – and the fifth time this year a Huskie has won a weekly award.
Radtke headlined the NIU defense this weekend in victories over Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Between the two matches, the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, native posted 11 blocks (1.22 blocks/set) and eight digs (0.89 digs/set) to go along with 23 kills (2.56 kills/set), a .526 attack percentage and three service aces (0.33 aces/set).
Friday in Ypsilanti, Radtke notched a season-best eight blocks (1.6 blocks/set) – contributing to NIU’s 16 team blocks – four digs (0.8 digs/set) and 12 kills (2.4 kills/set) in a 3-2 victory over the Eagles. Saturday at CMU, she added three blocks (0.75 blocks/set), four digs (1.00 digs/set) and 11 spikes (2.75 kills/set) in a 3-1 triumph over the Chippewas.
NIU returns home this weekend for a pair of cross-divisional matches. The Huskies take on Akron at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, then clash with Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.