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CAA Volleyball Weekly Notebook — Sept. 23

Sep 23, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

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OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kelly Bacon • Northeastern
Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley, Sr., Outside Hitter

Bacon contributed offensively and defensively in leading the Huskies to a 3-0 week. The senior, who was the 2012 CAA Player of the Year, registered 54 kills for a 4.50 kills per set average and also added 39 digs, an average of 3.25 per set. NU defeated Boston College, Harvard and St. John’s and Bacon had a double-double in all three matches. She had a career-high 24 kills against St. John’s.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Natalia Skiba • Northeastern
Westmont, Ill./Hinsdale Central, Jr., Libero

Skiba earned her second Defensive Player of the Week honor this season after being a force to reckon with as NU went 3-0. The junior totaled 77 digs for an eye-opening 6.42 digs per set average over the weekend. The Huskies extended their home winning streak to 22 straight games and have not lost on their home court since Sept. 30, 2011 versus Delaware.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Nicole Lott • UNCW
West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan, Fr., Outside Hitter

Lott, who also picked up rookie honors one week ago, helped the Seahawks to a 3-1 record and a tournament title at the Winthrop Invitational. The Pennsylvania product was named MVP for the tourney after averaging 3.30 kills per set and hitting .463 with just two attack errors over 67 attempts. She also contributed 36 digs for an average of 2.77 per set. She became the third UNCW player to earn MVP honors at a tournament this season.

CAA QUICK HITS:

  • League play begins this week with six matches taking place, including four 7:00 p.m. contests on Friday, Sept. 27.
  • Northeastern was the only team which had a perfect week, going 3-0 and improving to 7-6 on the season. The Huskies won all of their matches at home and extended their impressive winning streak there to 22 straight games.
  • Friday’s 3-1 victory over local rival Boston College was the 300th career coaching win for coach Ken Nichols.
  • UNCW enjoyed another strong week, earning a 3-1 mark and the tournament title at the Winthrop Invitational. The Seahawks improved their overall record to 11-3.
  • UNCW’s Lott was named tournament MVP, while senior Christi Laite and freshman Alyssa Desjardins were named to the All-Tournament team. Laite needs 15 more kills to become the sixth player in program history with 1,000 for her career.
  • Delaware went 2-2 over the week with wins over Troy and Clemson. The victory over the ACC member Tigers was the first for UD against a member of that league since Sept. 18, 2009 when the Blue Hens defeated UNC, 3-2, at home.
  • College of Charleston went 2-2 this past week at its own CofC Classic, completing the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 10-4 mark.
  • Towson went 1-4 this week, though junior Paige Sekerak was named to the Mizzou Classic All-Tournament team. She had a career-high 25 digs in a loss to Southeast Missouri, upping her career digs total to 1,063 and moving into Towson’s all-time Top-10 list for that category.

LEAGUE TEAMS COMFORTABLE AT HOME: CAA teams have compiled an impressive 29-8 combined record this season when playing at home. UNCW (4-0), Hofstra (7-0), Delaware (3-0), Northeastern (4-0) and Towson (1-0) have yet to fall on their respective home courts this season.

FRESHMEN STEPPING UP: A Handful of freshmen upped their play and contributed well over the last week. Hofstra freshman libero Sophia Black was in double-figures in three of her team’s four matches, finishing the week with 41 digs for a 2.93 digs per set average. Delaware’s Megan Blunden registered 38 kills and also had 11 blocks as the ‘Hens went 2-2 with big wins over Troy and ACC member Clemson. Blunden had 11 kills in each victory. JMU’s Janey Goodman, a two-time Rookie of the Week winner already this season, led the Dukes with 45 kills at the JMU Invitational, averaging 4.09 per set. She hit .361 for the week.

COFC EARLY SEASON SUCCESS: CAA newcomer College of Charleston has  gotten off to a solid start to the season and heads into league play with plenty of optimism. Earlier this year, the Cougars beat Indiana for their first win over a  Big Ten foe, one week after taking down Georgia Tech for their first ever sweep of an ACC member.

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