Sep 30, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Cara Howley • College of Charleston
McKinney, Texas/McKinney Boyd, Jr., Right Side Hitter/Middle Blocker
Howley’s precision helped the Cougars open up inaugural CAA play with two key road victories at Northeastern and Hofstra this past weekend. Over nine total games, the junior tallied 26 kills – an average of 2.89 per set – and impressively hit .488, while committing just five errors over 43 attempts. She leads the CAA this season in hitting percentage at .343. CofC improved to 12-4 overall and ended Northeastern’s 23-game home winning streak and Hofstra’s nine-game home winning streak.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Paige Sekerak • Towson
Montgomery Village, Md./Poolesville, Jr., Libero/Defensive Specialist
Sekerak stepped up for the Tigers defensively over the weekend and played a large part in helping her team end a five-match losing skid. She turned in 19 digs in Towson’s only loss of the week versus Delaware on Friday, then had a career performance in a 3-1 victory over George Washington on Sunday. Sekerak notched 30 digs versus the Colonials, becoming the first Towson player to record 30 or more digs since 2009. The junior also added three assists and three service aces in the win and finished the week averaging seven digs per set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jamie Bredahl • Northeastern
Parker, Colo./Legend, Fr., Setter
Bredahl performed like an upperclassmen over the weekend despite her first-year playing status. The Colorado native posted two double-doubles as the Huskies earned a 1-1 split. She had 12 kills and 16 assists in a loss to College of Charleston on Friday, then recorded the lone-match double-double in a 3-0 win versus UNCW on Sunday with 10 kills and 11 assists. She finished the week averaging 3.14 kills and 3.86 assists per set, while hitting .304.
CAA QUICK HITS:
- CAA play continues this week with eight matches taking place from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6.
- Delaware and UNCW are the only teams who have yet to fall at home this season. The Blue Hens are 3-0 and the Seahawks are 4-0.
- College of Charleston went 2-0 over the weekend with solid road wins at Northeastern (3-1) and Hofstra (3-2). Even more impressive than earning the team’s first-ever league victories was that the Cougars snapped Northeastern’s 23-game home winning streak and Hofstra’s nine-game home winning streak.
- Northeastern’s last home loss came all the way back on Sept. 30, 2011, when the Huskies fell to Delaware, 3-0.
- NU bounced back from Friday’s loss with a 3-0 win against UNCW on Saturday. The Huskies improved to 14-0 versus the Seahawks since the 2005.
- CofC’s Darcy Dorton is just two kills away from 1,000 for her career. She also spent one season at Penn State in 2009.
- UNCW’s Christi Laite had 11 kills over the weekend and now has 996 over her career. She can become the sixth player in UNCW program history to record 1,000 kills.
- Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills continued to prove why she’s one of the CAA’s top players. During an epic, five-set contest versus CofC, she registered 22 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and two service aces in the team’s lone setback of the weekend.
- JMU won its only contest of the week versus William & Mary, 3-2. Junior Lizzy Briones had nine blocks and 12 kills, while freshman Janey Goodman led the Dukes with 15 kills.
- W&M dropped both of its contests this week, though Mallory Brickerd and Liz Brown each stood out offensively. Brickerd totaled 23 kills in a 3-2 loss at Hampton on Tuesday and Brown repeated the effort in a 3-2 defeat at JMU on Friday.
HOFSTRA’S WILLS NEARLY UNSTOPPABLE: Hofstra junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills, who’s already picked up Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season, had a monster week for the Pride. She led the team in almost every offensive category, including kills (41), kills per set (4.56), as well as digs (26) and digs per set (2.89) and service aces with four. The New Zealand native had two double-doubles, pushing her team lead to five for the season, while the Pride went 1-1. She also hit .356 and now has 1,199 career kills, good for seventh all-time at HU.
LEAGUE TEAMS COMFORTABLE AT HOME: CAA teams have compiled an impressive 32-11 combined record this season when playing at home. Only JMU (3-4) has a below .500 mark.
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