Courtesy of Michigan Tech Athletic Communications
AVCA -- Michigan Tech sophomore setter Laura DeMarchi has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Women's Player of the Week for a pair of outstanding performances this past week.
Originally hailing from Milan, Italy, DeMarchi was vital as the Huskies came back from 2-0 deficits to win 3-2 both times at Wayne State and Ashland. Against the Warriors, DeMarchi set up 57 assists, recorded 14 digs, and finished with a .375 hitting percentage, and against the Eagles she tallied 62 assists, 16 digs, and a .250 hitting percentage. In total, the reigning GLIAC Setter and Freshman of the Year finished the week with 119 assists (11.90 assists/set), 30 digs (3.00 digs/set), and a hitting percentage of .300.
DeMarchi, who was named the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week on Monday, becomes only the second Michigan Tech volleyball player to be named the Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week in program history. The first came almost 24 years ago, when Kim Hoppes received the honor in October 1994.
DeMarchi and the Huskies are in action against Purdue Northwest (1-16, 0-9 GLIAC) on Friday (Oct. 5) at 8 p.m., and again on Saturday (Oct. 6) at 2 p.m. against Parkside (4-13, 2-7 GLIAC).
Individual Weekly Stats
September 21: Wayne State (MI), W 3-2
September 22: RV Ashland, W 3-2
Head Coach: Matt Jennings
AVCA Rankings: This Week: 25, Last Week: RV
Led the Huskies to a pair of five-set comeback wins after being down 0-2…First against Wayne State (MI), she tallied 57 assists with 14 digs and four kills…Followed that performance with 62 assists, 16 digs, and three blocks…Named the GLIAC North Player of the Week…Their current ranking in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll is their first since 2001.
This is the second Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week in program history, with the only other coming from Kim Hoppes almost 24 years to the day (October 3, 1994).