Maryland volleyball middle blocker Ashlyn MacGregor and libero Kelsey Wicinski have already been named to three all-tournament teams this season.

In addition, MacGregor was named the program’s first-ever Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 29 for her play in the Maryland Invite.

On Tuesday, coach Steve Aird said he has been impressed with both players and hopes they can continue their strong play this week in the Pac-12 Challenge, which features games against No. 5 Washington and No. 21 Southern California.

MacGregor, one of three Maryland seniors, has provided leadership for a young squad. She said she often gives teammates verbal guidance during games.

“I talk to the blockers a lot and I’m like, ‘Hey this is your person” and “Make sure you take this,'” MacGregor said.

Her play has stood out, too. She leads the team with 61 blocks and 1.91 blocks per set.

“[MacGregor] has been really solid,” Aird said. “She’s a leader by example. She works really hard, and she’s done a good job of developing over the past few years.”

Wicinski, meanwhile, has recorded team highs in digs (153) and service aces (10). She said her three all-tournament honors this season have been “cool and everything,” but is more pleased with how well the Terps are coming together as a team.

Still, Aird emphasized the libero’s natural ability as a versatile back row player.

“[Wicinski] has the potential to be really special at the position,” Aird said. “She’s got great touch, she’s a great passer and if she becomes more physical and becomes more aggressive, she’s going to be a really good player.”