Husker volleyball’s Delano, Banwarth earn Big 12 player of the week honors

Two stars for the Nebraska U. volleyball team were rewarded for the Cornhuskers’ thrilling, come-from-behind win over then-No. 3 Illinois on Saturday, as Brooke Delano and Kayla Banwarth each earned conference player of the week honors.

Delano, a junior middle blocker, was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after a dominating weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge.

She was named tournament MVP after recording 40 kills on just 68 swings for a .529 hitting percentage.

Delano dropped a career-high 15 kills on the Illini in the Huskers’ five-set victory.

Banwarth, a senior libero, earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

She notched 65 digs in 12 sets as NU topped Dayton, Western Michigan and Illinois this weekend.

Banwarth also recorded two set assists and an ace.

The Huskers, who jumped from seventh to fourth in the AVCA rankings, return to action Wednesday night when they travel to Ames to face No. 11 Iowa State at 7 p.m.

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