Birks named player of week

Birks named player of week

<span style="font-family: Times,sans-serif" color="black" size="1;"><span style="font-size:13px;"><div style="margin:0 0 12pt 0;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Champaign, Ill. -</strong></span></span><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> Redshirt freshman </span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Jocelynn Birks</strong></span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> was named both Player and Freshman of the Week today by the Big Ten Conference. Birks is the first member of the Illini to earn a weekly award this season, and the first freshman to receive a Big Ten honor since teammate </span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Anna Dorn</strong></span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> was named Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week on Oct. 10, 2011. Birks is the first Illinois freshman to be named Big Ten Player of the Week since Volunteer Coach </span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><strong>Laura DeBruler</strong></span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"> earned the honor twice in October of 2007.</span></font></span></font></div> <div style="margin:0 0 12pt 0;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">Birks led the Illini to wins over No. 6 Texas (3-2), UCF (3-0) and Cincinnati (3-1) this past weekend, as Illinois swept the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational in Austin. The young outside hitter recorded double-doubles in all three matches, averaging 5.0 kills and 3.3 digs per set. A native of Willow Springs, Ill., Birks led allplayers at the invitational with 60 kills and 65 points en route to earning MVP honors. </span></font></span></font></div> <div style="margin:0 0 12pt 0;" align="justify"><font face="Cambria" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"
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Champaign, Ill. - Redshirt freshman Jocelynn Birks was named both Player and Freshman of the Week today by the Big Ten Conference. Birks is the first member of the Illini to earn a weekly award this season, and the first freshman to receive a Big Ten honor since teammate Anna Dorn was named Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week on Oct. 10, 2011. Birks is the first Illinois freshman to be named Big Ten Player of the Week since Volunteer Coach Laura DeBruler earned the honor twice in October of 2007.
Birks led the Illini to wins over No. 6 Texas (3-2), UCF (3-0) and Cincinnati (3-1) this past weekend, as Illinois swept the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational in Austin. The young outside hitter recorded double-doubles in all three matches, averaging 5.0 kills and 3.3 digs per set. A native of Willow Springs, Ill., Birks led allplayers at the invitational with 60 kills and 65 points en route to earning MVP honors.
Michigan State junior Alexis Matthews was named Defensive Player of the Week and Northwestern senior Madalyn Shalter earned her second-straight Setter of the Week award. Mathews helped the Spartans to 3-set victories over Presbyterian and Georgetown and a 3-1 defeat of the College of Charleston to win the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. PleasantTournament. The Detroit, Mich., native recorded 17 blocks to average 1.7 per set, including a math-high seven blocks against the Cougars.
Shalter helped Northwesterncapture the Wildcat Classic title with wins over Delaware (3-0), Saint Louis (3-0) and Western Michigan (3-10. She had two double-doubles in the three matches, including 45 assists and 17 digs against the Broncos.
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