Volleyball's Lovell is Iowa's first Big Ten Player of the Week since '06


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Sophomore Alex Lovell was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. Lovell, an outside hitter, wins the award after helping the Hawkeyes finish 2-0 in their third weekend of Big Ten play.

The victories came over Indiana and then-No. 12 Purdue. Lovell is the first Iowa player to win the award since Melanie Meister was honored on Sept. 18, 2006. Over the weekend, Lovell tied for the team lead in kills with 37, while also adding three service aces. She also led the team in hitting percentage (.297), while attributing for 41 points over two matches.

“Alex had a great weekend, as did the Hawkeyes,” head coach Sharon Dingman said in a release. “Alex would be the first person to tell you it was a team effort. She played well. It is fun to watch her continue to grow and mature as a player and make changes she needs to make to be successful in the Big Ten.”

The sweep against the Boilermakers marked the highest ranked team the Hawkeyes have beaten during Dingman’s tenure. Against Purdue, Lovell recorded a career-high 24 kills while helping the Hawkeyes hit a season-high .291 for the match. On Oct. 5, Lovell killed the ball 13 times while adding 8 digs in Iowa’s 3-1 win over Indiana. The Hawkeyes (10-9, 2-4) will continue Big Ten play against No. 10 Minnesota (14-3, 5-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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