Simpson named National Player of Week

Junior leader and setter rewarded for wonderful performance of team.

Jackie Simpson, a junior on the University of Wisconsin volleyball team, has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week for division I, the AVCA office announced today. The 6-0 setter led the Badgers to 3-0 wins over then-No. 2 Penn State and then-No. 24 Ohio State on the weekend.

Simpson is just the third UW player to earn national player of the week honors and the first since Lizzy Fitzgerald was honored on Sept. 4, 2001.

She has also been named the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced today.

Simpson picks up her second career player of the week honor and is the first UW player to receive the Big Ten weekly honor since Maria Carlini was named on Nov. 22, 2004.

Against the second-ranked Nittany Lions on Friday, the Downers Grove, Ill., native put up 48 assists as the Badgers hit .330 as a team. She also added three kills, three digs and four blocks.

Simpson set the UW to another .300-plus hitting percentage against Ohio State on Sunday, putting up 43 assists as the Badgers hit .312. She added four kills on seven attempts for a .571 hitting percentage. Simpson also totaled six block assists and eight digs against the Buckeyes.

On the weekend, she averaged 15.17 assists, 1.67 blocks, 1.83 digs and 1.17 kills per game while hitting .462. Wisconsin hit .321 as a team in the two matches.

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