Kayla Banwarth celebrates Nebraska's win over No. 3 Illinois
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Big 12 Honors Delano and Banwarth

By NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln - The Nebraska volleyball team took two of the three weekly Big 12 honors on Monday, as junior Brooke Delano was name Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and senior Kayla Banwarth was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the week.

The two Huskers were honored after Nebraska posted a perfect 3-0 record this weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge, including wins over No. 20 Dayton and a thrilling five-set comeback win over No. 3 Illinois.

Delano shined for the Huskers all weekend, as she was named the tournament's MVP. The Bellevue, Neb., native led Nebraska's offensive attack in all three matches, hitting over .400 each match. For the tournament, she totaled 40 kills on 68 swings to hitting .529.

Delano's biggest match came against the Fighting Illini, when she put away a career best 15 kills on 32 swings and also totaled eight blocks.

Banwarth continued to pilot the Husker defense as she was named the all-tournament libero, after being honored as the MVP of the BYU Nike Invitational a week ago.

Banwarth was the match-leader in digs in all three of her matches, as she accumulated 65 digs in 12 sets. Along with 22 digs against Illinois, she added two assists and chipped in an ace

Nebraska has now earned three Big 12 Player of the Week honors in 2010 after Lindsey Licht was honored in week one with the league's offensive award.

The Huskers open Big 12 play on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa, at 7 p.m.


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