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CAA Volleyball Weekly Notebook — Oct. 21

Oct 21, 2013, 12:59 PM EST

CAA Weekly Volleyball Notebook — Oct. 21

Co-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Christi Laite • UNCW
Severna Park, Md./Severna Park, Sr., Right Side Hitter

Laite fueled the Seahawks offensively over the weekend, as her squad went 2-0 and improved to 14-7 (3-4) on the year. She posted double-digit kill totals in both matches — 12 and 18, respectively — finishing with 30 for a 5.0 per set average on top of hitting .472. Laite committed just five total errors in 53 attempts as UNCW swept JMU and William & Mary for two key wins.

Kelsie Wills • Hofstra
Matamata, New Zealand/Matamata College, Jr., Outside Hitter

Wills earned weekly recognition for a league-leading fourth time this season thanks to a solid effort across the board over the weekend. The junior started strong on Friday with a career-high 28 kills as well as 12 digs in a 3-2 loss versus Delaware, then provided 15 kills and seven digs in a 3-0 sweep of Towson on Sunday. Wills totaled 43 kills (5.38 per set), 19 digs, hit .337 and committed a mere 12 errors on 92 attempts in all.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Andi Zbojniewicz • College of Charleston
Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa, Jr., Defensive Specialist/Libero

Zbojniewicz played a large role in the Cougars’ 2-0 weekend after providing solidarity on the defensive end. The junior had 20 digs versus William & Mary on Friday, then surpassed that total with a career-high 28 digs in a 3-1 victory against James Madison on Sunday. CofC stayed perfect in league play (7-0), while Zbojniewicz averaged 6.86 digs per set and contributed to her team limiting both opponents to .178 hitting.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Jamie Bredahl • Northeastern
Parker, Colo./Legend, Fr., Setter

Bredahl earned her second Rookie nod this season after she also helped her team to a 2-0 weekend with wins over Towson and Delaware. The Colorado native opened the weekend versus the Tigers with a triple-double — 13 kills, 24 assists and 11 digs — then added a double-double versus the Blue Hens two days later with 13 kills and 22 assists. Overall, Bredahl finished with 26 kills, 46 assists, 15 digs and hit .595, while the  Huskies won their seventh straight match and improved to 8-1 at home this season.

CAA QUICK HITS:

  • Non-conference action continues to wrap up this week, with three matches taking place on Tuesday. Towson heads to Navy, William & Mary heads to VCU and Hofstra heads to Sacred Heart. CAA play continues with three matches taking place on both Friday and Saturday.
  • College of Charleston stayed hot in league play, going 2-0 over the weekend with wins over William & Mary and James Madison at home. Junior Andi Zbojniewicz was impressive defensively, registering 48 digs for a 6.86 per set average over both victories.
  • Dating back to their time in the Southern Conference and since 2011, CofC has not lost a road conference tilt in its last 18 matches.
  • Northeastern has now won seven straight matches following another 2-0 weekend, highlighted by wins against Towson and Delaware. The Huskies’ only league loss came versus CofC on Sept. 27, while the Cougars are the only remaining unbeaten team in the CAA at 7-0.
  • NU senior Kelly Bacon had consecutive double-doubles over the weekend and now owns 13 this season.
  • Delaware split a pair of matches over the weekend, while sophomore libero Ariel Shonk averaged five digs per set and totaled 45 over both matches.
  • UD freshman Kali Funk made her first career start in a 3-2 win over Hofstra on Friday. She had seven kills and 31 assists, then added 31 assists and 12 digs in a 3-1 loss to Northeastern on Sunday.
  • UNCW battled for two wins over the weekend as well, improving to 3-4 in league play and 14-7 overall. The Seahawks recorded back-to-back 3-0 home wins over JMU and William & Mary.
  • Merideth Peacock, the CAA leader in blocks with 102, amazingly totaled eight blocks in both of UNCW’s wins over the weekend.
  • James Madison, Towson and William & Mary all lost their respective matches over the weekend.

HOFSTRA’S Wills continues to make her mark: Hofstra junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills proved once again why she’s one of the more consistent offensive weapons in the CAA this weekend. The Pride went 1-1, though Wills led the way with 43 kills and a 5.38 per set average. In a 3-2 loss on Friday, she turned in a career-high 28 kills and added 12 digs. In a 3-0 victory over Towson on Sunday, the junior had 15 kills and hit .462 en route to moving into sixth place in program history with 1,303 career kills.

CAA INDIVIDUAL Statistic Leaders:
HITTING PERCENTAGE: College of Charleston’s Kerstin Koehler (.351 %).
KILLS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (358, 4.47 per set).
ASSISTS: Delaware’s Mackenzie Olsen (731, 9.75 per set).
SERVICE ACES: Hofstra’s Kaitlyn Krause (29, 0.36 per set).
BLOCKS: UNCW’s Merideth Peacock (102, 1.44 per set).
DIGS: Northeastern’s Natalia Skiba (494, 5.88 per set).
POINTS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (405, 5.06 per set).

*For games through 10/20