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Weekly Volleyball Notebook — Nov. 11

Nov 11, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

Weekly CAA Volleyball Report — Nov. 11

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

Bacon played spectacularly in one of the most impressive weekends of the season for Northeastern, as the Huskies went 2-0 with consecutive 3-2 road victories over UNCW and College of Charleston, respectively. The senior California native totaled 45 kills — good for 4.5 per set — hit .305 and also provided 38 digs and three blocks to balance out her superb offensive play. Bacon also notched her fourth consecutive double-double and now owns 17 this season. In the 3-2 win versus the Seahawks, she matched a career-high with 24 kills and versus the Cougars two days later, set a career-high with 22 digs.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Kristi Richardson • James Madison
Glen Allen, Va./Hermitage, R-Jr., Setter

James Madison played just one match over the week, but the Dukes made the most of the opportunity despite falling behind 2-0 versus William & Mary. Richardson played a key role in the eventual come-from-behind, 3-2 win, finishing the five-set thriller with 23 digs and seven total blocks. The fourth-year Duke’s 23 digs were five more than her previous career-high, while the seven blocks tied a career-high. On top of helping her team improve to 6-6 in CAA play, Richardson also ended the match with 42 assists with an 8.40 per-set average.

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

Bredahl continues to make a habit of hearing her name called for weekly league rookie honors after another solid performance. The freshman who won her fourth nod of the season, shined over NU’s 2-0 week. She registered 26 kills while hitting .213, and chipped in 58 assists, 33 digs and two blocks over 10 sets played. A Parker, Colo., native, Bredahl now owns six triple-doubles this year after recording two more last week. She is currently tied for first in Division I among freshmen with 15 double-doubles this year.

CAA QUICK HITS:

  • There are a total of just eight matches remaining in the 2013 season, all of which will be league contests.
  • Northeastern arguably had the most impressive week, registering two road wins over UNCW and College of Charleston. Both matches were determined in five sets.
  • The Cougars, who dropped their first CAA match of the year, had won 16 straight regular season matches in conference play dating back to their stint in the Southern Conference which ended last year.
  • CofC’s first league defeat unfortunately occurred on Senior Day. Amazingly, that’s the first loss on Senior Day for the program since 2000. It’s also the first loss for CofC since 2006 when holding 2-0 advantage in sets.
  • Despite the loss, the Cougars still assured that they will host the upcoming CAA Championship — and be the top seed — because the match versus the Huskies went to five sets.
  • In accordance to the league’s tie-breaking system, CofC won more sets (5) overall in the head-to-head matchups versus the Huskies (4) this season.
  • Northeastern, which was led by Offensive POTW Kelly Bacon and ROTW Jamie Bredahl, earned the overall No. 2 seed in the CAA Championship. Bredahl, who recorded her fifth and sixth triple-double of the season, is also tied for first among Division I freshmen with 15 double-doubles this season.
  • UNCW went 1-1 over the week, while stud senior Christie Laite had 31 kills, 10 blocks, and hit .328. The Seahawks finished their home portion of the schedule with a 9-2 mark and defeated Hofstra (3-0) Sunday on Senior Day.
  • UNCW senior Courtney Porter finished the week with 15 total blocks for a 1.88 per-set average.
  • Towson registered back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of Sept. after defeating Navy and Delaware, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively. Saitaua losia totaled 21 kills and had five blocks and 20 digs over both matches. Junior Paige Sekerak finished with 35 digs for a solid, 5.00 per-set average.
  • James Madison’s only match of the week came in dramatic fashion, a 3-2 comeback win at William & Mary. The Dukes trailed 0-2 and won three sets to stun the Tribe.
  • JMU junior Kristi Richardson won DPOTW honors thanks to her 23-dig, seven-block performance. Sophomore MacKenzie Kleespies added 24 digs and freshman Kate Whitmire had five blocks and 11 kills in the win.

CAA Championship Field Set: The 2013 CAA Volleyball Championship field is officially set. CofC and NU are the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, while UNCW, JMU, W&M and Hofstra round out the six-team field. The rest of the seeding will be determined through play over the coming week.

CAA INDIVIDUAL Statistic Leaders:
Hitting percentage: College of Charleston’s Kerstin Koehler (.359 %).
KILLS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (443, 4.34 per set).
ASSISTS: Delaware’s Mackenzie Olsen (739, 9.47 per set).
SERVICE ACES: UNCW’s Nicole Lott (26, 0.32 per set).
BLOCKS: UNCW’s Merideth Peacock (127, 1.49 per set).
DIGS: Northeastern’s Natalia Skiba (607, 5.67 per set).
POINTS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (498, 4.88 per set).

*For games through 11/10/2013

NCAA INDIVIDUAL LEADERS    Rank/Actual
Blocks per set:
Meredith Peacock, UNCW    9 (1.49)

Digs per set:
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern    7 (5.67)
Ariel Shonk    9 (5.56)

Kills per set:
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra    21 (4.40)

Points per set:
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra    20 (4.95)

TEAM LEADERS

Blocks per set:
UNCW    11 (2.85)

Digs per set:
William & Mary    20 (17.00)

Match W-L percentage:
Coll. of Charleston    24 (.808)

*-Games through 11/10/13, based on Top-25 for individual and team statistics.