Sept. 6, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Mizzou volleyball team saw two of its players honored by the Big 12 as the league announced its weekly award winners on Tuesday (Sept. 6) as senior Brittney Brimmage (East St. Louis, Ill.) took home Big 12 Player of the Week honors and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the second straight week. The awards for both players mark their second career Big 12 weekly honors. Dating back to 2010, Mizzou has now claimed 18 total Big 12 weekly awards and Missouri has earned two of the three weekly award distinctions in five of the past seven weeks.
For Brimmage, the award this week marks the second time that she has earned Big 12 Player of the Week. She last earned the award on Nov. 1, 2010. Brimmage had a phenomenal weekend at the Middle Tennessee Blue Raider Bash as she hit .637 with 56 kills en-route to being named Tournament MVP. Her .637 attack percentage in five matches last week moved her season clip to .598, a mark that leads the Big 12 by .119 points. She finished the week with a team-high 63.5 total points and 13 blocks as well. Following her big weekend, Brimmage now ranks ninth in the Big 12 with her 3.18 kills per set average.
Brimmage opened her week with 10 kills on .562 hitting against Middle Tennessee State on Thursday and followed that with another 10-kill outing in a sweep of Austin Peay in which she hit .692. Her best match of the weekend - and maybe of her career - came in the Tigers' next match against East Tennessee State in which she hit .773 with a career-best 18 kills. In fact, she had 10 kills on 11 swings in the first set of that match alone. She closed her tournament action with nine kills on .600 hitting against FIU and added nine kills on .500 hitting against Auburn. All five of the Tigers' opponents last weekend won at least 20 matches last season and two - Middle Tennessee and Auburn - played in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Wilson continued her fine play to open the season as she earns her second consecutive Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award after taking home the award last week. She continues to lead all Big 12 freshmen in hitting (.395), kills (86) and kills per set (3.07) through the Tigers' first nine matches this season. No Tiger freshman has hit as highly as she has through their first nine matches under the direction of Wayne and Susan Kreklow
The Tiger freshman hit .312 with 40 kills, eight digs, seven blocks and a service ace while accounting for 45 total points in the Tigers' five matches last weekend. She began her week by posting a team-best 10 kills on 27 attacks (.333 hitting) while pitching in a pair of block assists at Middle Tennessee State. She then led the Tigers again in their sweep of Austin Peay with 12 kills on 27 swings (.259 hitting) while tallying a service ace and three block assists, accounting for a match-high 14.5 total points, just a half a point shy of her career-best. Wilson then posted five kills on 12 swings (.333 hitting ) with two digs and a solo block against East Tennessee State and then had five kills and a block against FIU and closed her weekend with an eight-kill effort against Auburn in the tournament championships match, doing so on just 14 swings (.500 hitting).
Mizzou will be back in action this weekend as it heads to Denver, Colo., as it will play in the Pioneer Classic against Drake, UT-San Antonio, UC-Davis and Denver. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MU_Volleyball.