Meister Named Big Ten Player of the Week

Sept. 18, 2006

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa volleyball player Melanie Meister was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday. The announcement came from the Big Ten office.

Meister was named the Most Valuable Player for the second-straight tournament, after hitting .385 for the weekend at the College of Charleston Invitational. The Hawkeye senior had her best match of the weekend against Eastern Michigan when she posted 21 kills, a career-high seven digs and hit at a .528 clip.

“This award is a great reflection of all the hard work Melanie has done to get to this point,” Iowa Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. “She has really put in extra time and effort to improve her game, and she has been a major key to our success this year.”

Iowa is off to an 11-1 start, which matches the best start for the Hawkeyes since 1986. The team returns to action this weekend when it hosts No. 2 Penn State and No. 15 Ohio State. Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes is “Pack the Place” night, when Iowa will attempt to break the all-time attendance record.