The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Western Michigan sophomore Lena Oliver has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.
A 5-5 libero from Battle Creek, Mich., Oliver started the year defensively right where she left off last season.
In the Broncos' season opener at the Marriott Cavalier Classic, Oliver picked up 30 digs as WMU downed host Virginia in four.
The Broncos then rolled to sweeps in the next two matches, with Oliver scooping 24 digs against Western Carolina and another 21 versus USC Upstate.
For the tournament, the sophomore totaled 75 digs in 10 sets (7.5 digs per set average) on her way to earning Most Valuable Player honors.
Oliver, a CVU.com Rising Star in 2010, is the first Western Michigan player to earn CVU.com National Player of the Week accolades.
In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.