Mary Groth - Southwest Minnesota State
Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week
October 5, 2010
Sophomore, Middle Blocker, 6-1 (West Bend, Wis. -- Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School)
Photo courtesy SMSU athletics.
Mary Groth, a sophomore middle blocker for then-No. 3 Southwest Minnesota State University has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week. She earned the award after propelling the Mustangs to a trifecta of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victories last week. Groth began the week by tallying 14 kills, four blocks and one dig in SMSU's 3-1 triumph over three-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul. She followed with a 17-kill, five-block, two-dig effort in the squad's sweep of Minnesota State Moorhead, while hitting a blistering .630 in the process. Groth capped the week's action by totaling 14 kills and four digs in a blanking of Minnesota, Crookston. For the week, Groth averaged 4.50 kills, nearly one block and 5.00 points per set, while hitting .488. This marks just the second time an athlete from Southwest Minnesota State has garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Player of the Week honors, the last time coming Aug. 28, 2006 when Megan Wendoff earned the distinction. The Mustangs are coached by Terry Culhane.