Sept. 10, 2007
DeKalb, Ill. - Northern Illinois freshman outside hitter Dani D'Ambrose (Addison Trail, Ill. / Addison Trail) was selected as the women's volleyball Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week after her dominating play in the week of September 1. The last Huskie freshman to earn MAC Player of the Week honors was Tera Lobdell in 2004 for the week of October 5.
D'Ambrose posted a .455 attack percentage along with 21 kills in NIU's effort against DePaul on Tuesday. She had a Huskie season-high 29 kills against Texas Pan-American
on Friday. At the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Invitational, she notched 20 or more kills
in two of the three matches and did so in three of the four matches last week. D'Ambrose finished the week with an average of 5.93 kills per game, totaling 95 points and 89 kills.
"Dani winning MAC West Player of the Week is great," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "She had a great week. She was arguable the top scorer at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Invitational. It was nice to see."
On the season, D'Ambrose has a team-high average of 4.58 kills per game while appearing in only 24 of NIU's 42 games. She has totaled 110 kills and 117.5 points for the Huskies in 2007.
Northern Illinois takes on Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.