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CVU.com National Player of the Week (Nov. 8): Kara Koch


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Cleveland State's Kara Koch has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Oct. 31 through Nov. 6.

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A 6-0 junior from West Salem, Ohio, Koch slammed down a school-record 35 kills in a 3-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago as part of a stellar weekend that kept the Vikings in second place in the Horizon League.

In Friday's nail-biter, Koch tallied a double-double, adding 13 digs and three blocks as she hit .378 en-route to the program-best 35-kill total. It broke the previous record of 33 set in 1996.

Then, Saturday versus Valparaiso, needing only 17 kills to reach the 1,000-kill mark for her career, the junior notched 22 on .308 hitting in a 3-1 win. That match was another double-double for Koch as she scooped 14 more digs and added a pair of blocks. For the weekend she averaged 6.33 kills and 3.0 digs per set while hitting .349.

Koch is the 14th Viking to hit the 1,000-kill plateau. For her efforts, she earned Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honors. The junior is the first Cleveland State spiker to earn the CVU.com honor and fifth overall from the Horizon League.

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.

Top Performers

  • Courtney Hott, VCU, Senior, Middle blocker, 6-2
  • Kristi Jackels, San Diego State, Junior, Libero, 5-6
  • Kara Koch, Cleveland State, Junior, Outside hitter, 6-0
  • Kim Maroon, Villanova, Senior, Libero, 5-8
  • Ali McCurdy, Duke, Sophomore, Libero, 5-7
  • Monique Mead, Georgia Tech, Junior, Outside hitter, 5-10
  • Terin Norris, Western Michigan, Freshman, Setter, 5-9
  • Stacy Qualizza, Indiana State, Senior, Middle blocker, 6-1
  • Kristi Richardson, James Madison, Freshman, Setter 6-1
  • Sara Rishell, American, Freshman, Outside hitter, 6-2
  • Aubree Smith, Xavier, Freshman, Setter, 6-1

Editor's Note: This is the eleventh 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.

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