Liz Schnelle - Ohio Northern

9/4/2007

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September 4, 2007

Liz Schnelle - Ohio Northern
Sophomore, Middle Blocker, 5-11 (New Bremen, Ohio - New Bremen High School)

Photo courtesy Ohio Northern athletics.

Liz Schnelle, a sophomore middle hitter for No. 15 Ohio Northern, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week after leading the Polar Bears to four wins at last week's 29th Annual Ohio Northern Invitational. In Ohio Northern's first match of the event against Hope (Mich.), Schnelle, the tournament MVP, had 16 kills in 25 attempts and only one error for a .600 hitting percentage. She also had one ace and two digs in the 3-0 win. In the next match against Mt. St. Joseph, she put away 31 kills in 53 attempts with only three errors for a .528 hitting percentage, while adding three total blocks in the 3-2 win. The Polar Bears' third match of the tournament was against Carnegie Mellon, which was another 3-2 win for Ohio Northern. In that match, Schnelle had 22 kills, a .381 hitting percentage, four digs and five total blocks. She then closed out the tournament hitting .500 on 14 kills, adding one dig and three total blocks in a sweep of Wooster. For the tournament, Schnelle averaged a .492 hitting percentage, 5.19 kills and 0.62 blocks per game in helping her team reach a 4-0 record to start the season. Schnelle is the fifth athlete from Ohio Northern to earn Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week honors, and the first since Jessie Hampson received it on Nov. 3, 2003. The Polar Bears are coached by Kate Witte.

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