Oklahoma Baptist's Leipelt Named Volleyball Player of the Week


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tamy Leipelt of No. 24 Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA Volleyball National Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Leipelt was selected based on her performances from Sept. 7 - 13. She was chosen out of a pool of conference player of the week selections among 24 conferences.

Leipelt, a 5-11 senior outside hitter from Porte Alegre, Brazil, helped lead the Bison to a 4-1 record last week. Among those wins were upsets over then-ranked No. 18 Doane (Neb.) and then-ranked No. 8 Morningside (Iowa). With the pair of wins over ranked opponents, the 9-3 Bison cracked into the NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll for the first time this season at No. 24.

Leipelt tallied 64 kills over the week, posting double-figure kills in all five matches. The outside hitter slammed down 15 kills against College of St. Mary (Neb.) and 14 against Briar Cliff (Iowa). She also accounted for 38 digs and added five aces. For the week, Leipelt posted a .277 attack percentage and averaged 3.76 kills per game. Nationally, she ranks 22nd in kills per game with 3.8 and has 149 on the season.

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Sept. 22.

Nominees: Lindsey Rumph, Indiana-Southeast; Chandra Slates, Friends (Kan.); Brooke Pryor, Baker (Kan.); Erica Davis, Maine-Presque Isle; Kelani Daniels, Southwestern Assemblies (Texas); Paula Stilkey, Mobile (Ala.); Thaise Vieira, Bethel (Tenn.); Amber Smith, Bryan (Tenn.); Paula Ferreira, Columbia (Mo.); Ericka Evans, Westminster (Utah); Jamie Vander Kooi, Morningside (Iowa); Emily Stanton, William Penn (Iowa); Marcie Blacquiere, Cornerstone (Mich.); Amber Ridens, Concordia (Calif.); Abby Hall, Embry-Riddle (Fla.); Tayler Arseneau, Trinity International (Ill.); Stephanie Todd, Lee (Tenn.); Amanda Philpot, Georgetown (Ky.); Meagan EnYart, Northwestern (Ohio); Kelsey Pritchard, Taylor (Ind.); Kt Salberg, Peru State (Neb.); Patricia Plummer, William Jessup (Calif.); Whitney Owen, College of Idaho.

2009 Composite Award Winners:
Week 1: Tabitha Henken, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.)
Week 2: Tamy Leipelt, Oklahoma Baptist


Article courtesy of the NAIA

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