SIOUX FALLS – A pair of South Dakota sophomores in Madison Jurgens and Maddie Wiedenfeld have been named Summit League Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Jurgens, the setter, takes home Offensive Player of the Week honors after earning tourney MVP accolades at the recently completed Kangaroo Klassic in Kansas City. Wiedenfeld, meanwhile, has been named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Jurgens, a native of Odell, Nebraska, contributed 105 assists in the three matches, good for 11.67 per set. The Summit League leader in assists per set (10.96) also chipped in eight kills, seven service aces and 21 digs as a full six-rotation player for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes, now 6-1, hit .319 as a team over the course of the three matches, 3-0 sweeps over Tulsa, Kansas City and Louisiana Tech.
Wiedenfeld, who hails from Omaha, Nebraska, had a strong weekend at the net as part of a blocking unit from South Dakota that averaged 3.06 blocks per set. Wiedenfeld, who ranks eighth nationally in blocks per set (1.82), was personally responsible for 15 block assists while also chipping in 26 kills offensively.
The Coyotes host the South Dakota Classic on Friday and Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Other teams competing will be UC Davis, Wyoming and Iowa.