FLORENCE, Ky. -- IU Kokomo freshman Nicole Sandmann led the Cougars' attack this past week and picked up the KIAC Volleyball Attacker of the Week honor, announced the conference office on Monday (Aug. 31). Sandmann, a 6-0 middle hitter from West Harrison, Ind., wins the award for her strong play Aug. 24-30.
FLORENCE, Ky. -- Lindi Thomas of IU Kokomo has been tabbed the KIAC Volleyball Defender of the Week for matches played Aug. 24-30, the conference announced on Monday (Aug. 31). Thomas, a 5-9 outside hitter from Parker City, Ind., played strong defense to lead the Cougars (9-1) to a 5-0 record on the week, including 4-0 at the Lindsey (Ky.) Wilson Classic.
Thomas posted 69 digs in five matches for an average of 3.83 digs per set. She amassed double-digit digs in four of the five matches including a week-high 20 versus Marian (Ind.) and 17 versus Campbellsville (Ky.).
Thomas collected eight services aces -- four apiece in wins over Brenau (Ga.) and Dalton State (Ga.). Her ball control was also a big part of the Cougars' success with zero receiving errors in 80 chances for the week.
Thomas and the Cougars take their eight-match win streak to Purdue-North Central on Tuesday. Follow KIAC volleyball at KIACsports.com and @KIACsports on Twitter.
Note: The NAIA has amended its Volleyball Player of the Week awards this year to recognize more players. The KIAC has also adopted the change, which will name weekly an Attacker of the Week, Setter of the Week and Defender of the Week.