Oct. 22, 2010
DeKALB, Ill. - One of the steadiest performers on and off the court for the Northern Illinois volleyball team, Allison McGlaughlin's marvelous performance last week earned her the Female Mid-American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Week honor, the league announced Friday.
"This is a nice honor for Allison," said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. "It's great for her and the NIU volleyball program to be recognized for positive achievements, both on the court and in the classroom. Her consistent play in the back row and as a pin-hitter has been one of the reasons our team has experienced the success that we've had so far."
To win the accolade for the first time in her career, the junior outside hitter put together a well-rounded weekend in playing a key role as the Huskies went 2-0 in MAC competition. McGlaughlin led the team with 30 digs (4.29/set) and ranked second with 25 kills (3.57/set). She also picked up two assists, an ace and block to give her 27 (3.86/set) of NIU's 130 points.
In a four-set win at home over Akron on October 15, McGlaughlin posted season highs of 18 digs and 17 kills while hitting an efficient .452. She also added an assist and ace. The double-double was her seventh of the season and fifth in a row. Then, in a sweep of Buffalo on October 16, she totaled 12 digs to extend her streak of double digit digs to six matches. She also netted eight kills along with an assist and block.
For the third straight season, the Morton High School (Ill.) product currently stands second on the team in points (3.06/set), kills (2.70/set), and digs (2.70/set).
This is not the first time the two-time second team All-MAC selection has been recognized for her success as a scholar. Last season, she was honored as a member of the Academic All-MAC team. The elementary education major has also garnered the status of being an NIU Victory Scholar (3.50 grade point average or better) in all four semesters, holding a current cumulative GPA of 3.95.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
McGlaughlin and the MAC West first place Huskies (21-2, 7-1 MAC) return to the court tonight as they begin a season-high, five-game road trip against MAC East third place Kent State (10-13, 3-5 MAC) at 6 p.m. (CT).