AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Athletic Conference named Mount Union senior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) its Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday (Oct. 29).
It is the second straight week that a Purple Raider player has won the award. Last week, sophomore Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) was the recipient.
Gromes led Mount Union to a perfect 4-0 week from Oct. 22-28 and helped clinch the school's first-ever OAC regular season championship and top seed in the OAC Tournament.
Gromes averaged 8.77 digs per set (114 total) in the four matches last week, including 28 against Baldwin Wallace (Oct. 23), Carnegie Mellon (Oct. 27) and DePauw (Oct. 27) and a season-high 30 in the Raiders' OAC-clinching win over Heidelberg (Oct. 26).
For Gromes, the honor adds to an already impressive season that features two All-Tournament team selections at the Gargoyle Classic (Chicago, Ill.) and the Golden Flyer Invitational (Rochester, N.Y.). In mid-September, she became just the eighth player in Mount Union history to record over 1,000 digs and tally 100 service aces in a career.
Mount Union (24-5, 9-0 OAC) begins its postseason run tomorrow in the OAC Tournament Quarterfinals against eighth-seeded Muskingum (15-16, 3-6 OAC). The Raiders have won nine consecutive matches overall and are 21-2 since starting the year 3-3. They defeated Muskingum, 3-0, in Alliance on Oct. 16.