LANGE, HINSCH CLAIM NSIC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Monday, September 10, 2012
The University of Minnesota Duluth had a successful weekend in its home tourney, ripping through a quartet of opponents without dropping a single set. Two of the catalysts behind that prosperous weekend -- junior outside hitter Kate Lange and freshman setter Ashley Hinsch -- were bestowed with player of the week honors by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
A 2011 AVCA first team All-American, Lange led the NSIC last week with 75 kills (5.0 per set) as the Bulldogs went 5-0 including 4-0 at the UMD Volleyball Classic. She topped the kill department for No. 6 UMD in all five outings, posting two double-doubles while collecting 45 digs for the week. Lange also made her presence felt at the net with 10 total blocks. Lange became the 16th Bulldog to reach 1,000 kills for a career Saturday night against the University of Minnesota Crookston and was named the UMD Classic Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.
Hinsch made the most of her first weekend at home in a Bulldog uniform. After taking over midway through the opening set on Friday morning, Hinsch started the remaining three matches at the UMD Classic -- including the first of her career Friday night against Shippensburg -- as the quarterback of an overpowering Bulldog offense. She passed out 145 assists for the weekend (13.18 per set), adding five blocks and 24 digs.
The Bulldogs are home again this weekend when they play host to Northern State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead Friday and Saturday at Romano Gymnasium
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