MACU’s Plunk named NAIA National Defender of the Week

NAIA Communications 

Players of the Week are evaluated on their performance during the week prior to the announcement. Each player is selected out of a pool of conference and Association of Independent Institution’s award winners.

Attacker of the Week: Gabi Nordaker, Concordia (Neb.)

A freshman from Omaha, Neb., Gabi Nordaker hit .556 from her spot at middle blocker as Concordia defeated both Doane and Hastings in straight sets and currently ranks third nationally in hitting percentage (0.552)

Other nominees: Sidney Branson, Columbia (Mo.); Michaela Cox, Union (Ky.); Skyler Van Note, Marian (Ind.); Nada Meawad, Park (Mo.); Jordan Valentine, Bethany (Kan.); Victoria Johnson, Mayville State (N.D.); Alysha Tullar, Midway (Ky.); Hanna Foecker, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Mo Sutphin, Brewton-Parker (Ga.) ; Giovana Larregui, Coastal Georgia

Defender of the Week: Maegan Plunk, Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Senior libero Maegan Plunk made history in MACU’s five-set upset at Oklahoma Wesleyan by setting the program’s record for the most digs in a single match with 46, averaging 9.2 digs per set. Plunk shattered the previous record set by Shelbi Johnson in 2010 with 38 while also tallying 10 digs higher than her previous career-high of 36 set last season.

Other nominees: Alizea Garza, Central Baptist (Ark.); Holly Heath, Reinhardt (Ga.); Maddy Payne, Bethel (Ind.); Kayla Harris, Morningside (Iowa); Cameryn Campbell, William Penn (Iowa); Alyssa Arnold, Friends (Kan.); Mason Hart, Mayville State (N.D.); Kenna Burman, Indiana Southeast (Ind.); Marina Dennis, Brewton-Parker (Ga.); Kiersten Tisdale, Webber International (Fla.)

Setter of the Week: Gabbey Harrington, Grace (Ind.)

Gabbey Harrington kept Grace’s undefeated season going with a 2-0 week with wins over No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan and Huntington (Ind.).

Other nominees: Luisa Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Abby Maxwell, Truett-McConnell (Ga.); Lauren Anderson, College of Saint Mary (Neb.); Kourtney Hansen, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Breanne Akiu, Sterling (Kan.; Clarissa Hilary, Valley City State (N.D.); Brittney Just, Brescia (Ky.); Ryann Hale, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Karmyn Key, Blue Mountain (Miss.); Katie Grose, Ave Maria (Fla.)