Northern Illinois University freshman Anna Brereton (Sun Prairie, Wis./Sun Prairie) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Brereton, who shared the honor with Eastern Michigan libero Corynne Smith, earned the weekly honor for the second time this year after winning on Sept. 15. The freshman is one of three Huskies to win a weekly honor, joining Mackenzie Roddy and Jenna Radtke, while marking the third-straight week that a Huskie was the defensive player of the week in the MAC West.
Brereton had a stand-out weekend in NIU’s back row, helping lead the Huskies to a pair of wins over Akron and Buffalo. The Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native averaged 5.00 digs/set to backstop the Huskies, in addition to recording two assists (0.29 assists/set) and a service ace (0.14 aces/set).
Friday against Akron, Brereton had 11 digs (3.67 digs/set) in a 3-0 sweep of the Zips. Saturday against Buffalo, she had 24 digs (6.0 digs/set) and a service ace (0.25 aces/set) in a 3-1 victory over the Bulls.
The Huskies open a five-match road trip this weekend when they head Friday to Kent State and Saturday to MAC East leader Ohio.