OCCAC Names Niciu & Rutter as Volleyball Players of the Week

OCCAC Names Niciu & Rutter as Volleyball Players of the Week

By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Players of the Week for women’s volleyball (Oct. 23-29) are Iesha Niciu (D-II) of Lakeland Community College and Columbus State Community College’s Allyse Rutter (D-III).

Lakeland Community College
Freshman middle blocker

Niciu was responsible for a whopping 58 points (8.29/set) in leading the Lakers to a pair of conference victories and extending their current winning streak to six straight matches. She blasted 42 kills at a .547 attacking rate on the offensive while throwing up 15 blocks defensively. Niciu opened the weekend with a 23-kill, 10-dig double-double at Edison before coming back the next day with 19 more kills and five rejections in sweeping Clark State.

NOTE: This marks Niciu’s third OCCAC Player of the Week honor of 2017 and second consecutive, also earning the distinction on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

Columbus State Community College
Sophomore outside hitter

Rutter did a little bit of everything during the Cougars two conference triumphs, stuffing the stat sheet with 6.00 assists, 2.67 digs and 2.50 kills per set averages. She added in four aces and four blocks as well to the loaded stat line. Rutter dished out 20 assists to go along with seven digs and seven kills at Cuyahoga. She then tallied 16 assists, nine digs, three blocks and eight kills in sweeping past Lorain County.

NOTES: Columbus State has garnered nine of 10 OCCAC D-III Player of the Week awards thus far in 2017. Four different Cougars have been awarded the weekly laurel. This marks the sixth for Rutter this season.