Led by Madeline Else as national setter of the week, DWU volleyball stacks up honors

DWU sweeps GPAC awards

Dakota Wesleyan's Madeline Else set passes the ball to Ady Dwight during a volleyball match against Doane Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 in the Christen Family Athletic Center. (Branden Hull / Republic)

Led by Madeline Else's national honors Tuesday, it was a clean sweep for the Dakota Wesleyan University volleyball team receiving awards and recognition.

Else, the Tigers' setter, along with attacker Ady Dwight and defender Hanna Reiff all received the Great Plains Athletic Conference's player of the week award for their respective positions.

Else was the NAIA's setter of the week, logging 187 assists in four matches, with at least 44 assists in the four victories for the Tigers over Dordt, Mayville State, Hastings and Doane. She also had five total blocks, 55 digs, three kills and two aces, and had three double-doubles in the week.

Else is the first DWU player to receive national player of the week honors since attacker Rebecca Frick on Sept. 25, 2019. She currently ranks No. 3 in the country in total assists (1,003) and No. 4 in the country in assists per set with 11.53.

Dwight, a sophomore from Langford, hit her season-best against Hastings with a .533 percent on 16 kills zero errors and 30 attempts. She had 70 kills and 14 blocks in the four-win week. Entering Tuesday, Dwight had 361 kills for the season, fourth-most in the country, and she is 11th in the country in kills per set (4.15) and is 24th nationally in hitting percentage (.336). She is also 12th in the country in total blocks (101), with 93 block assists, which is sixth-most in the country.


Reiff, a junior from Chester, averaged 7.21 digs per set and had 101 digs on the week. She also chipped in with 11 assists and two service aces. Reiff ranks No. 7 in the country in digs per set with 5.91.

DWU (20-5, 9-3 GPAC) have four matches remaining after Tuesday's match with Presentation, including road matches at No. 6 Midland and Concordia on back-to-back days on Oct. 22 and 23. The Tigers close with a home match against Mount Marty on Oct. 29 and at No. 2 Jamestown on Nov. 2.

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