HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League honored senior Annie Villanueva (Santa Babara, Calif.) as the volleyball player of the week and freshman Alex Schoenberger (Corte Madera, Calif.) as the co-rookie of the week on Tuesday.
Villanueva provided strong defense for the Big Green over the weekend with 10 total blocks (1.11 blocks per set) and hit .400 with double-digit kills in a weekend split against Princeton and Penn.
In the win over Princeton, Villanueva connected on 14 kills, hitting .542, with five block assists. Against Penn, she posted 12 kills and added another five block assists. For the week, Villanueva finished with a 2.89 kills per set average. She leads the conference and ranks 28th nationally in hitting percentage at .368.
Schoenberger was the co-rookie of the week with Princeton freshman Ginny Willis. Schoenberger was the difference maker for the Big Green in the win over Tigers. She did not enter the match until the third set with the match tied, 1-1. From there, she helped Dartmouth win the next two sets with 11 kills (.500 hitting percentage), one service ace, three digs and four block assists. Against Penn the next night, she led the team in kills with 18 and block assists with six, hitting .359 in the match. For the week, the outside hitter averaged 4.14 kills per set (29 kills) and 1.43 blocks per set (10 total blocks) and hit .407 on 59 attempts.
This is the second time this season that Villanueva has earned player of the week honors. She previously garnered the award on Sept. 20. It marked the fourth time Dartmouth has earned the honor this year with senior Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) winning it on Sept. 13 and Oct. 25. This is the first time Schoenberger has earned the rookie of the week and the first of the season for the Big Green.
Dartmouth (13-8, 5-5) goes on its final road trip of the season this weekend at Cornell and Columbia on Friday and Saturday.