Ramsey garners Player of the Week honors

Northern Illinois University outside hitter Becky Ramsey received Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week accolades, league commissioner Jerry Ippoliti announced Wednesday.

Consistent performances against the University of Wisconsin and at the University of California-Santa Barbara Classic was something the league couldn’t ignore.

After all, she recorded a hitting efficiency of .345 for the week off 64 kills against 16 errors in 139 attempts. Add to that 73 digs, 10 block assists and a spot on the Classic all-tournament team.

In five matches over a four-day period, the senior averaged 12.8 kills and 14.6 digs each outing.

She played a major role in the Huskies’ important 3-2 victory over the University of Idaho in pool play at the UCSB Classic. Very efficient at the net, Ramsey pounded 17 kills in 31 attempts with just two mistakes for a .484 attack clip.

The team’s victory over the Vandals allowed the Huskies to play for third place at the Classic where they met Santa Clara University and won 3-2. Ramsey hit .333 and recorded 17 kills minus four errors in 39 tries.

In NIU’s only tournament loss – to eventual champion Santa Barbara – Ramsey had 10 kills, 17 digs, four block assists and three service aces. On Sept. 8, Ramsey helped NIU pick up an easy 3-0 win over the University of Wisconsin by rifling 15 kills.

“We’re excited to see Becky get the Player of the Week award,” said sixth-year Huskie Head Coach Pete Waite. “She had a great weekend at the tournament against some very tough teams. I know it meant a lot to Becky to play well back in her hometown. She worked extremely hard over the summer to step up her game and definitely has improved.”

The Huskies, 6-2 overall, begin the Mid-Continent race this Friday at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The match begins at 7 p.m.