University of Wisconsin junior Tionna Williams was named the Big Ten Conference volleyball Defensive Player of the Week and Dana Rettke was named co-Freshman of the Week for their play in the Badgers’ sweeps of Lipscomb and Texas A&M.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Fort Wayne, Indiana, set a UW three-set record with 11 blocks against Lipscomb and added six more against Texas A&M. She averaged 3.0 kills and 2.8 blocks per set with a .500 hitting percentage to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the HotelRed Invitational.
The Big Ten defensive award is the sixth of her career.
Rettke, a 6-8 middle from Riverside, Illinois, averaged 4.2 kills and 1.5 blocks per set with a .512 attack percentage. It is her second Freshman of the Week honor in her three-week career.
The victories helped the Badgers (7-0) move up one spot to No. 5 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
Big Ten rivals hold the top two spots, with Minnesota maintaining its place at No. 1 and Penn State moving up a spot to No. 2. Florida and Stanford have the next two spots.
Five other Big Ten teams are in the top 25 – Nebraska (10), Purdue (15), Michigan (21), Michigan State (23) and Ohio State (25).