Cincinnati's Niemer Named BIG EAST Volleyball Player of the Week for Unprecedented Fifth Straight Time

Oct. 11, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Cincinnati senior volleyball player Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) led the conference in both hitting percentage and kills to become the first player in BIG EAST Conference history to claim five straight league volleyball Player of the Week honors.

Niemer earned the distinction after leading the conference in both kills (6.50 per set) and hitting percentage (.578) last week. The senior led the Bearcats to straight-set wins over DePaul on Oct. 8 and Notre Dame on Oct. 10, helping the squad break the school record for consecutive set wins with 27. Cincinnati has not dropped a set since Sept. 17 against Illinois.

Niemer averaged 7.17 points per set and also totaled 11 digs for the weekend. The Erlanger, Ky., native committed just two errors on 64 swings last week, totaling 19 kills against DePaul and 20 kills against Notre Dame.

Cincinnati remains No. 21 to in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches' Poll. The Bearcats have appeared in the poll the last four weeks. It is the longest streak for a BIG EAST team since St. John's made 10 straight appearances in 2007.