Badgers volleyball: Tionna Williams, Dana Rettke earn Big Ten honors after weekend sweep
University of Wisconsin junior Tionna Williams was named the Big Ten Conference volleyball Defensive Player of the Week and Dana Rettke was named co-Freshman of the Week for their play in the Badgers’ sweeps of Lipscomb and Texas A&M.
Williams, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Fort Wayne, Indiana, set a UW three-set record with 11 blocks against Lipscomb and added six more against Texas A&M. She averaged 3.0 kills and 2.8 blocks per set with a .500 hitting percentage to earn Most Valuable Player honors in the HotelRed Invitational.
The Big Ten defensive award is the sixth of her career.
Rettke, a 6-8 middle from Riverside, Illinois, averaged 4.2 kills and 1.5 blocks per set with a .512 attack percentage. It is her second Freshman of the Week honor in her three-week career.
The victories helped the Badgers (7-0) move up one spot to No. 5 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
Big Ten rivals hold the top two spots, with Minnesota maintaining its place at No. 1 and Penn State moving up a spot to No. 2. Florida and Stanford have the next two spots.
Five other Big Ten teams are in the top 25 – Nebraska (10), Purdue (15), Michigan (21), Michigan State (23) and Ohio State (25).