Columbia's Maria Omondi Named NAIA Volleyball Player of the Week


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Maria Omondi of Columbia (Mo.) has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Omondi was selected based on her performances from Oct. 26 - Nov. 1. She was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 26 conferences.

Omondi posted double-figure kills in five-of-six matches played last week and hit a blazing .539 as Columbia won all six of its contests last week, five of which were via shutout. The senior middle hitter led the Cougar charge against No. 17 Taylor (Ind.), slamming 18 kills in the five-set NAIA Match of the Week victory at the Taylor Trojan Challenge. For her efforts, Omondi was named the Challenge's Most Valuable Player.

The Nairobi, Kenya, native also helped guide Columbia to a pair of American Midwest Conference wins earlier in the week to clinch the Cougars 16th league crown.

Omondi closed out the week with 73 kills, but her play at the net was not limited just to kills. Omondi registered eight solo blocks and assisted on 12 others. She also contributed 12 digs and dished out three assists.

Nationally, Omondi ranks second in hitting percentage at .434 and 19th in blocks per game with 1.23.

For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

The final Player of the Week announcement will be on Nov. 10.

Nominees: Stacey Flatt, Indiana-Southeast; Katie O'connor, Benedictine (Kan.); Megan O'Shea, St. Ambrose (Iowa); Amber Huvar, St. Thomas - Houston (Texas); Ivie Speer, (Neb.); Kelani Daniels, Southwestern Assemblies (Texas); Demi Dlouhy, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Paula Stilkey, Mobile (Ala.); Stephanie Dunn, Westmont (Calif.); Alicia Terhaar, Cornerstone (Mich.); Stephanie Smith, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Jackie Albrecht, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Christa Hutchison, Lee (Tenn.); Julia Frassetto, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Jordan Goings, Lubbock Christian (Texas); Erica Janszen, Georgetown (Ky.); Ashley Ames, Maine-Fort Kent; Diana Silva, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Alison Young, Bryan (Tenn.); Kelsey Deerinwater, Sterling (Kan.); Summer Hale, Ohio Dominican; Kelsey Pritchard, Taylor (Ind.); Kristin Engle, Black Hills (S.D.); Corissa Jacomini, William Jessup (Calif.); Angela Spieker, Southern Oregon; Maureen Wardian, Bellevue (Neb.).


Article courtesy of the NAIA

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