The first weekly Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association awards of the 2019 season have been announced. Ohio State sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes and Purdue Fort Wayne senior setter Michael Keegan have been named co-Offensive Players of the Week. After the opening weekend of play, Hanes leads the nation in kills per set and Keegan leads the nation in assists per frame. Purdue Fort Wayne senior libero Kolbie Knorr has been named the Defensive Player of the Week. The awards are for the period ending Jan. 6.
Hanes averaged 6.00 points per set in a 2-0 week for the Buckeyes, attacking at a .469 rate (37-7-64). In addition to his 37 kills (5.29 per set), Hanes tacked on five points from the service stripe and another tally with two block assists. Hanes opened the season by connecting on 13 kills and an ace while hitting .611 against the University of Charleston. He then came back the next night and carried the Buckeyes to a four-set win over Penn State on the strength of 24 kills and four aces. Hanes accounted for 24-of-52 kills and 28.5 of 68 total Ohio State points.
Keegan tallied 77 assists in six sets (12.83 per set) and added two kills in each match as the Mastodons swept NJIT and Princeton. His 40 assists against NJIT tied his career-high in a three-setter. Keegan paced the Mastodon offense this past weekend, leading the 'Dons to hit .330 vs. NJIT and .369 vs. Princeton.
Knorr recorded 16 digs on the weekend, including 10 in three sets vs. NJIT. He averaged 2.67 digs per set and had zero reception errors in six sets as the Mastodons swept NJIT and Princeton.