Oct 7, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT
Co-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Darcy Dorton • College of Charleston
Muncie, Ind. (Penn State)/Delta, Sr., Outside Hitter
Dorton won her second Offensive Player of the Week honor after leading CofC with two double-doubles in road victories at William & Mary and James Madison over the weekend. The senior helped the Cougars improve to 4-0 in league play, with all of those wins coming on the road. She averaged 4.0 kills per set, hit .319 and also led her team with 4.57 digs per set during the two victories last week. On Friday at James Madison, Dorton registered 16 kills to surpass 1,000 for her career.
Kelsie Wills • Hofstra
Matamata, New Zealand/Matamata College, Jr., Outside Hitter
Wills continued her impressive play for the Pride this season, helping her team earn road wins at Delaware and Towson while also moving up in Hofstra’s records book. The junior, who becomes the first player to earn three Offensive Player of the Week honors this season, totaled 36 kills with a 4.50 kills per set average. She hit .299 and added 2.50 digs per set. Wills is now one of seven Hofstra players to reach the 1,200 kills plateau — recording 1,235 kills over her career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Lindsay Hartmann • UNCW
Edgewood, Ky./Notre Dame Academy, So., Defensive Specialist
Hartmann proved to be a staple defensively for the Seahawks over the weekend, finishing with 57 total digs and 5.7 digs per set while UNCW went 1-1. The sophomore helped UNCW set a new team rally-scoring record for digs with 114 versus Wiliam & Mary and 101 in a win over James Madison. Hartmann tallied a career-high 33 digs in a 3-2 setback versus the Tribe on Friday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Kristen Larrick • William & Mary
Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson, Fr., Middle Blocker
Larrick became the first William & Mary player to earn weekly honors this season thanks in part to stepping up her play in the Tribe’s final two matches of the week. She came off the bench in the second set versus UNCW on Friday and helped spark the eventual 3-2 victory with 10 kills on .296 hitting, to go along with four blocks. In a 3-0 loss to CofC on Saturday, she finished with a match-high five blocks and recorded six kills with one error on 16 attempts.
CAA QUICK HITS:
- Play slows down a little bit this week with just eight total matches, including six league contests taking place between Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
- UNCW is now the only team in the league to still have a perfect home record. The Seahawks are 4-0 on the season on their home court. Delaware lost two home matches this past weekend for its first home defeats of the year.
- College of Charleston went 2-0 for the second straight weekend. The Cougars won two conference road tilts to improve to 4-0 in such contests in CAA play and impressively limited their opponents, James Madison and William & Mary, to a combined .102 hitting percentage.
- Northeastern also earned two road conference wins over the weekend versus Delaware (3-1) and Towson (3-0), respectively. The Huskies registered 21 blocks as a team versus the Blue Hens on Friday, good for the highest total since joining the CAA in 2005.
- In similar fashion, Hofstra took to the road this weekend and also came away with two victories. The Pride battled for a 3-2 win versus Towson on Friday then swept UD one day later for the first time since Oct. 2, 2011.
- UNCW’s Christi Laite became the sixth player in UNCW history to record 1,000 kills after she had 12 in the Seahawks’ first match of the week at William & Mary on Friday, a 3-2 setback.
- The Tribe of W&M went 2-1 over the week with victories over Liberty (3-1) and UNCW (3-2). The win against the Flames was the first for William & Mary since 2005.
- Tribe middle blocker Carolyn Albright had a solid week defensively, totaling 15 blocks, including a career-high 10 blocks in the win versus UNCW.
Hofstra’s Wills moves up in record books: Hofstra junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills, who earned her third Offensive Player of the Week honor this season, continues to move up the charts in Hofstra’s record books. After another stellar weekend, highlighted by 36 kills for a 4.50 kills per set average over two road wins, Wills now ranks seventh in program history with 1,235 career kills. She needs 20 more to tie Lauren Engle for sixth all-time on the list.
CAA Statistic Leaders:
HITTING PERCENTAGE: College of Charleston’s Cara Howley (.346 %).
KILLS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (290, 4.46 per set).
ASSISTS: Delaware’s Mackenzie Olsen (635, 9.62 per set).
SERVICE ACES: Hofstra’s Kaitlyn Krause (25, .38 per set).
BLOCKS: UNCW’s Merideth Peacock (82, 1.34 per set).
DIGS: Northeastern’s Natalia Skiba (415, 6.01 per set).
POINTS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (329, 5.06 per set).
*For games through 10/6
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