Player of the Week: November 4, 2019

Each week of the spring and fall seasons, one player who was originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

Fall 2019 Week #10: Merle Weidt

Rutgers University.

Big Ten Conference, NCAA Division I.

Reported by AVSR Global to coaches in 2017.

Sophomore. 6'1" Middle Blocker.

Home: Offenburg, Germany.

See Merle Weidt’s bio at the Rutgers website.

Latest Action:

• Rutgers won twice in the Big Ten, ending the team’s four-year losing streak of 80 league matches. The Scarlet Knights defeated Northwestern 3-2 and Iowa 3-0. The team’s previous Big Ten win was in 2015.
• Weidt is Rutgers’s top blocker and most efficient hitter this year against Big Ten opponents. It’s her second year as a starter.
• In the breakthrough win over Northwestern, Weidt scored five blocks and 13 kills at .423 efficiency. She’s averaging 1.2 blocks per set.
• Rutgers’ sweep of Iowa was its first-ever shutout of a Big Ten foe. The Scarlet Knights are 3-109 since joining the league in 2014.
• Weidt began competing in Germany’s top women’s league at age 15. She also played for Germany’s youth and junior national teams.

Excerpt from 2017 AVSR Global report:

“Veteran middle at the top level of Germany’s junior national program. … Ready to be an immediate starter in the top quarter of Division I as a MB or RH. … Might prefer an urban school on the East Coast.”