BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball players Abbey Thissen and Whitney Burmeister have been named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Thissen was named the NSIC's Offensive Player of the Week, while Burmeister dug her way to NSIC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Thissen, a native of Clara City, Minn., led Southwest Minnesota State to two NSIC victories over Augustana and No. 7 Wayne State (Neb.) this past week. The sophomore right side smashed 35 kills in 73 attempts for a .301 hitting percentage, and averaged 4.38 kills per set during SMSU's eight sets played. Thissen tallied 21 kills in the 3-1 match win on Saturday versus Wayne State, which matched both a season and career high. Earlier in the week Thissen recorded 14 kills in the 3-1 match win over Augustana.
Burmeister, a native of Lakefield, Minn., racked up a total of 48 digs (6.0 dig/s), including 25 in a 3-1 win on Saturday versus No. 7 Wayne State. Burmeister finished the match with 13 kills and a career-high 25 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. In the 3-1 match victory over Augustana on Thursday, Burmeister had 23 digs. Burmeister now has tallied a double-double in seven of SMSU's ten matches.
Thissen and Burmiester are the first Mustangs to be named player of the week this season.
Minnesota Duluth's Ashley Hinsch was named the NSIC Setter of the Week.
The Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team will continue Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action this Tuesday on the road with a contest versus The University of Sioux Falls. The match will be played in the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., with first serve held at 7 p.m.