The Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) named volleyball outside hitter Laura Brammeier, from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Student Athlete of the Month for the month of September.
Brammeier (Lincoln, Neb.) had an outstanding September leading the NWU volleyball team to a 15-2 record during the month. She averaged 3.76 kills and 3.03 digs in the 17 matches. She reached double figures in kills in 13 of 17 matches and had seven double-doubles. Brammeier was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Luther Tournament and the Wartburg Tournament, earning tournament MVP at Wartburg. She was the AD3I Player-of-the-Week after her week one performance at the Pacific Tournament in Oregon as NWU went 4-0. She had a season-high 23 kills in a win over Bethel and hit. 467 with 17 kills in a win over Willamette.
The Lincoln Southwest H.S., product leads the team with 342 kills (3.64 kps) and is third on the team in digs with 297 (3.16 dps). Brammeier now has 1,203 career kills to rank seventh all-time at Nebraska Wesleyan. She needs just 21 more kills to pass current NWU head coach Gina Chambers for fifth all-time in kills.
Nebraska Wesleyan is currently ranked #19 in this week’s AVCA Top 25 and has an 22-4 overall record. They host NAIA No. 4 and undefeated Northwestern College this Saturday (Oct. 30) in the final home match of the season.
The Association of Division III Independents consists of 13 Division III independent institutions that have joined together to recognize student-athletes at independent institutions and to provide exempted postseason championship competition in nine sports in 2010-11. The Association recognizes outstanding athletic achievements of its student athletes on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.