BISMARCK, N.D. (PlayNorthStar.com) – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its third edition of volleyball players-of-the-week honors Monday. Elora Passa of Mayville State (N.D.) was selected as Attacker of the Week. Olivia Galas of Bellevue (Neb.) was chosen as the Setter-of-the-Week. Laura Babcock of Presentation (S.D.) was named as the Defender-of-the-Week.
NSAA Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week
Elora Passa – Mayville State (N.D.) – 5’9″, Junior, outside hitter/setter – Barnesville, Minn. – Passa racked up a total of 65 kills as Mayville State (N.D.) went 2-2 record in the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) Labor Day Classic. She posted a triple-double of 24 kills (4.8 kills per set), 15 set assists, and 15 digs as MSU held on to a 3-2 thriller over Morningside (Iowa). She followed up with another triple-double of 23 kills (4.6 kills per set), 16 set assists, and 12 digs as Mayville State fell short to Briar Cliff (Iowa) in five sets. She concluded the tournament with 17 kills (5.7 kills per set) and 10 assists, despite a 3-0 sweep by host-team CSM. For the week, Passa averaged 4.1 kills per set and hit .237. She also averaged 3.8 set assists and 2.7 digs per set. Passa collected nine blocks and two service aces for the week.
NSAA Volleyball Setter-of-the-Week
Olivia Galas – Bellevue (Neb.) – 5’9″, Senior, setter – Bellevue, Neb. – Galas nearly recorded a triple-double twice in matches against nationally-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Central Methodist (Mo.) as No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.) went 2-2 record in their own tournament. She had 65 set assists (13.0 assists per set), 10 kills, and 9 digs in BU’s 3-2 thriller over No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). She followed up with 55 set assists, 19 digs and nine kills after a 3-2 setback to No. 15 Central Methodist (Mo.). She added 47 set assists and 14 digs in 3-1 victory over Columbia International (S.C.) and finished the tournament with 23 assists in 3-0 defeat to Westmont (Calif.). For the week, Galas piled up 190 set assists (11.2 assists per set), 48 digs (2.8 digs per set), 30 kills (1.8 kills per set) and seven service aces (0.4 aces per set).
NSAA Volleyball Defender-of-the-Week
Laura Babcock – Presentation (S.D.) – 5’6″, Senior, defensive specialist – Aberdeen, S.D. – Babcock recorded nearly a total of 100 digs for the week as Presentation (S.D.) went 1-4 record for the week, including a 1-3 record in the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) Labor Day Classic. She also registered at least two set assists in each match. Babcock totaled 99 digs and averaged 5.8 digs per set for the Saints.
Recap from last week’s action
Waldorf (Iowa) extended its winning streak to seven matches as they stayed undefeated this season after going 4-0 record in the Jimmy John’s Classic, hosted by William Penn (Iowa). The Warriors defeated Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) and host-team William Penn, both by 3-1 scores on Sept. 2. WU swept Graceland (Iowa) 3-0 and wrapped up the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Iowa Wesleyan on Sept. 3. Waldorf is 7-0 overall record on the season.
No. 9 Viterbo (Wis.) dropped the first match of the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) Labor Day Classic to No. 10 Concordia (Neb.) in three straight sets on Sept. 2 and bounced back with a 3-0 sweep over Tabor (Kan.). The V-Hawks added two more victories on Sept. 3, defeating Saint Mary (Kan.) in three straight sets and Morningside (Iowa) in four sets. VU lifted their overall record to 7-4.
Mayville State (N.D.) also played in the CSM Labor Day Classic, going 2-2 record. The Comets opened the day with a pair of wins over Tabor (Kan.) in three straight sets and held on to a 3-2 thriller over Morningside (Iowa). MSU fell to Briar Cliff (Iowa) in five sets and was swept by No. 18 College of Saint Mary in three straight sets on Sept. 3. Mayville State is 5-4 overall record on the season.
Dakota State (S.D.) faced one of the toughest schedules in the College of Saint Mary tournament, facing three nationally ranked opponents in their first three matches of the tournament. The Trojans were swept by No. 8 Northwestern (Iowa) in three straight sets and fell short to No. 23 Dordt (Iowa) in four sets on Sept. 2. DaSU also dropped a four-set match to No. 10 Concordia (Neb.) on Sept. 3 and roared back for a five-set thrilling victory over Hastings (Neb.). Dakota State evened their overall record to 5-5.
The fourth NSAA team – Presentation (S.D.) – also competed in the CSM Labor Day Classic. The Saints lost the first three matches in the tournament, falling to Evangel (Mo.) in four sets and 3-0 setback to nationally ranked Concordia in three sets on Sept. 2. PC fell to No. 7 Jamestown (N.D.) in three straight sets before snapping their losing skid with a 3-0 sweep over York (Neb.) on Sept. 3. Presentation, who also lost to Mount Marty (S.D.) on the road in four sets on Aug. 30, is 2-8 overall record.
No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.) hosted its own home tournament last weekend in the GoSarpy.com and Sarpy County Tourism. The Bruins held on to a 3-2 thriller over No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Sept. 1, followed by a 3-2 setback to No. 15 Central Methodist (Mo.) on Sept. 2. Bellevue earned a 3-1 win over Columbia International (S.C.) before being swept by Westmont (Calif.) in three straight sets on Sept. 3. Bellevue finished 2-2 record in the tournament as they hold an overall record of 5-4.
Valley City State (N.D.) also played in the Bellevue’s three-day tournament, playing one match per day. The Vikings dropped a three-set contest to No. 24 ranked Ottawa (Kan.) on Sept. 1, followed by another 3-0 setback to Columbia International on Sept. 2. VCSU’s match with McPherson (Kan.) was canceled on Sept. 2. Valley City State improved to 3-4 overall record after a 3-2 thriller over No. 20 ranked Carroll (Mont.) on Sept. 3.
Dickinson State (N.D.) went 2-2 record in the Bellevue’s tournament last weekend. The Blue Hawks earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and fell to Benedictine (Kan.) on Sept. 2. DiSU swept Avila (Mo.) in three straight sets on Sept. 3 before concluding the tournament with a 3-0 defeat to McPherson (Kan.). Dickinson State is 2-7 overall record.