LIU Brooklyn’s volleyball had a huge week last week as it started with a win against Fresno State on Wednesday and then swept the Blackbird Invitational over the weekend, with wins against Northern Kentucky, Boston College and Temple. Annika Foit and Nicole Okeke were both big contributors and as a result they took home the Northeast Conference Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively, the conference announced on Monday.
Foit, who is already on her way to a third consecutive NEC Player of the Year award a mere weeks into the season, had four double-double performances to win her second Player of the Week honor this year. She had 18 kills and 13 digs against Fresno and followed that up with 20 or more kills during each of the three weekend matches. Her best match was probably the Blackbird’s close 3-2 victory over Boston College where she contributed with 24 kills, 14 digs and two blocks. During the weekend, she had a total of 69 kills and 45 digs. This was Foit’s second Player of the Week honor and her 11th in her NCAA career.
Okeke has really stepped up to lead the Blackbirds defensively this season. She had 22 blocks during the four games last week and averaged 1.22 blocks per set. Her best performance was against Northern Kentucky as she pitched in with eight total blocks. She also had six against Boston College. Her 1.18 blocks per set leads the NEC.
The Blackbirds have now won four weekly honors as Foit and Adriana Viñas Joy won Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week last week.
The Blackbirds will need both to be at the top of their games as they head to Michigan this weekend where they will take on No. 25 Michigan State, Milwaukee and Western Kentucky during the Spartan Invitational with the hopes of continuing their six-game winning streak.