Liz Bartels turned into a white hot grease fire of pure entertainment this past week, and thus was named the Big East's Offensive Player of the Week. Bartels had a four point game against Creighton in the Big East opener, where she assisted on two goals, including Mady Vicker's game winner, and scored one of her own to make the final tally 7-2. Impressively enough, she didn't have the best offensive game against the Jays, as that honor lies with the six (6!) points recorded by Mary Luba on two goals and two assists. Luba didn't have the game winner in a 1-0 match against Villanova, though, and Bartels did, thus giving her a six point weekend and the weekly honors.
Over on the league's Weekly Honor Roll, Jacie Jermier earned recognition from the Big East for the second week in a row. Jermier was the Big East's Defensive Player of the Week last week, and this week her part in MU's shutout of Villanova combined with her chicanery with Mary Luba that led to Marquette's fourth goal against Creighton allowed her this spot this week.
Gabby Benda has officially taken over as Marquette's full time setter and in her first weekend on the job, she was named the Big East's Freshman of the Week. She averaged 9.82 assists in MU's two wins to open Big East play, plus chipped in two digs per set as well. Against Providence, Benda helped guide Marquette to a .381 hitting percentage, the best mark posted by any Big East team so far this season. It might take some doing, but if Benda keeps the job at setter for the rest of the season and Marquette continues to rip through league play, she might have a chance at earning Marquette their second straight Freshman of the Year award after Autumn Bailey won it in 2013.
Speaking of The Burlington Bomber, Bailey picked up a Weekly Honor Roll spot. Honestly, she should have gotten something from the Big East just for her outing against St. John's, where Bailey hit .415, recording 19 kills in just three sets, and found time to pop 14 digs, too. I mean, that's BANANAS. For the weekend, she "only" averaged hitting .390 with 5.67 kills and 4.50 digs per set.
Bailey wasn't the only Golden Eagle on the Honor Roll, as she was joined by senior Lindsey Gosh. Head coach Ryan Theis has started depending on Gosh to unleash her powerful lefty serve, and it's paid off for MU. Gosh blasted six service aces in Marquette's two matches, best in the league over the weekend. Her regular attacks were deadly, too, as she committed just one error in 35 swings and hit .457.