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Wisconsin’s Tionna Williams, Dana Rettke receive Big Ten volleyball honors

The Badgers moved up to No. 5 in the rankings.

Three weeks of matches, three weeks of Big Ten volleyball honors for Wisconsin.

Junior middle blocker Tionna Williams was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a huge weekend that saw her named the HotelRed Invitational Most Valuable Player. Williams had a double-double against Lipscomb on Thursday (10 kills, 11 blocks) and led the team in blocks against Texas A&M on Saturday with six.

Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Rettke, who also received the honor after Week One, had a 13-kill match against Lipscomb and a 12-kill, four-block match against the Aggies. With setter Sydney Hilley taking the award after Week Two, Wisconsin freshmen have been honored every week so far in the young season.

Wisconsin also moved up one spot to No. 5 in the AVCA rankings on Monday. The Badgers give the Big Ten three teams in the top five, along with Minnesota (No. 1) and Penn State (No. 2).