Air Apparent: Wilson Wins Third Big Ten Award in 2009; PSU Tops AVCA Poll

For the second straight week, a Penn State player won the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week award. Last week it was Alisha Glass. This week, it was Arielle Wilson, who is leading the nation with a .591 hitting percentage, and hit a cumulative .706 over the weekend against #11 Michigan and Michigan State, helping Penn State extend its NCAA-record winning streak to 84 matches with two more victories.

In the 3-2 nail-biter against Michigan, Wilson totaled 17 kills on 23 swings for a .696 hitting percentage, along with eight total blocks, as the Nittany Lion front line held Michigan to .191 hitting for the match.

Here are highlights of that match:

She did even better on Saturday night against Michigan State, hitting .727 (eight kills on 11 attempts, with no errors), as Penn State recorded the highest team hitting average in a Big Ten match this season — .519. She added seven blocks, as Penn State limited Michigan State to a .118 hitting percentage for the match.

The award is Wilson’s third this season and the seventh of her career.

Illinois’ Ashley Edinger won the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Week award, while Purdue’s Ariel Turner was named Freshman of the Week. Click Here for the complete Big Ten release.

AVCA Poll – 10-19-09

The 10-19-09 AVCA Poll is out (excerpts in the right-hand column). Penn State continues to hold the #1 spot, with Illinois at #8, Minnesota at #9, and Michigan holding firm at #11.