Ashy, Gilleland Land MAC Weekly Awards

Posted on:

< < Back to

Two Bobcats earned MAC Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 29 in the East Division with junior libero Meredith Ashy being named the defensive player of the week and junior setter Abby Gilleland being named co-offensive player of the week.

Ashy continued to set the tone defensive last weekend, helping the Bobcats (9-4, 2-0 MAC) open 2014 Mid-American Conference play with a pair of victories over Kent State University and Central Michigan University. Ashy led Ohio with 53 digs over the two matches. She also added three service aces and did not commit a receiving error in 32 attempts.

Ashy recorded a match-high 25 digs against the Golden Flashes, then tallied a match-high 26 digs against the Chippewas, marking the sixth time in 2014 she has tallied 20 or more digs. She also recorded a match-high three service aces against CMU. Ashy leads the MAC in digs in both conference matches with 53 and overall on the season.

Ashy leads the Bobcats with 238 digs, and is ranked third in program history with a total of 1,307. This is the second time this season the junior has received this weekly honor.

Junior setter Abby Gilleland was named co-offensive player of the week in the east division along side of Buffalo outside hitter Tahleia Bishop.

Gilleland put together a solid overall offensive weekend that included her first career triple-double in a match against Kent State. Gilleland led the way in the win over the Golden Flashes, tallying a career-high 11 kills to go along with a team-high 40 assists as well as 15 digs. She committed just two attack errors to hit at a match-best .474.

Gilleland went on to total a match-high 40 set assists against the Chippewas, marking the sixth time in 2014 the 2013 MAC Player of the Year has posted at least 40 set assists. She also posted eight kills in that match.

Gilleland currently ranks fourth in the MAC in conference play in assists per set (10.00) and second in hitting percentage (.469). She leads the Bobcats with 500 assists in 2014 and ranks fifth in both kills with 69 and total blocks with 23. Her 2,777 assists currently rank fourth in school history.