Gina Mancuso was named the Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday.
Photo by BreAnna Haessler/NU Media Relations

Mancuso Earns Co-Big Ten Player of the Week Honor

By NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln- Junior Gina Mancuso was named Co-Big Ten Player-of-the-Week for the first time in 2011 on Monday after leading Nebraska to wins over two top-25 opponents, No. 5 Penn State (3-2) and No. 24 Ohio State (3-1), last week.

Mancuso averaged 3.7 kills per set with a .319 hitting percentage, along with 1.6 digs and 0.4 blocks per set in the Huskers' back-to-back wins. She recorded a double-double against the Nittany Lions with 22 kills and 10 digs, marking the fifth double-double of her career. She also tied her career-high mark for attacks against Penn State.

The honor marks the first conference player-of-the-week award for Mancuso and makes her the first Nebraska volleyball player to earn a Big Ten weekly award. She is averaging 3.82 kills per set and 2.46 digs per set in her junior season, while leading all NU hitters in kills. Her efforts have helped NU to a 9-1 record on the season, while starting 2-0 in conference play.

The Huskers hit the road this weekend for matches at Michigan State on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and at Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. Nebraska's match with the Wolverines will air via tape delay on ESPN2 on Oct. 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Co-Players of the Week

Michelle Bartsch, Illinois
Gina Mancuso, Nebraska

Defensive Player of the Week

Erin Johnson, Illinois

Freshman of the Week

Kori Moster, Michigan State

2011 Big Ten Volleyball Players of the Week

Aug. 29         P:    Stephanie Holthus, So., NU

                     D:    Julie Chin, Jr., NU

                     F:    Kierra Jones, PUR

Sept. 5          P:    Michelle Bartsch, Sr., ILL

                     D:    Jessica Granquist, Jr., MINN

                     F:    Lexi Dannemiller, MICH

Sept. 12        P:    Mari Hole, Jr., OSU

                    D:    Caitlin Cox, Sr., IND

                           Sarah Mignin, Sr., OSU

                    F:    Lexi Dannemiller, MICH

Sept. 19        P:    Ashley Wittman, So., MINN

                    D:    Sarah Mignin, Sr., OSU

                           Katie Slay, So., PSU

                    F:    Taylor Sherwin, OSU

Sept. 26       P:    Michelle Bartsch, Sr., ILL

                          Gina Mancuso, Jr., NEB

                   D:    Erin Johnson, Jr., ILL

                   F:    Kori Moster, MSU


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