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Weekly CAA Volleyball Report — Nov. 18

Nov 19, 2013, 9:04 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. —

* Weekly CAA Volleyball Report

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Darcy Dorton • College of Charleston
Muncie, Ind./Penn State, R-Sr., Outside Hitter

Dorton turned in another solid performance that helped the Cougars win the league regular-season title. The senior, who has now won four weekly offensive awards this season, totaled 43 kills and 5.38 kills per set as CofC defeated Towson (3-2) on Friday to clinch the title, and Delaware (3-0) one day later. Versus the Tigers, Dorton tallied a season-high 26 kills, while the victory assured that the former Penn State transfer has now won three different conference titles (Big 10, SoCon, CAA). She impressively hit .410 overall and even chipped in 26 digs and five blocks in eight sets played over the weekend.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Lizzy Briones • James Madison
Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs, Jr., Middle Blocker

James Madison went 2-0 over the weekend and stretched its winning streak to three straight games thanks in large part to Briones’ excellence on the defensive end. The junior Arkansas native registered 22 blocks over eight sets played — registering a new career-high with 11 blocks in each match — as the Dukes downed Northeastern and Hofstra, respectively. Briones efforts helped JMU limit both of the weekend’s opponents to a mere .058 attack percentage and allowed the Dukes to clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming CAA championship. Briones is now just 11 total blocks shy (151) of tying the all-time JMU single-season blocks record set in 2002.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Hannah Klemm • Hofstra
Berlin, Germany/SLZB, Fr., Setter

Klemm made her first two starts of her freshman campaign this past weekend and made the most of the opportunity by setting new single-match assist highs (50 and 35) by a Hofstra player this season. The Germany native easily set new career-highs with 50 assists and 14 digs and three blocks in the Pride’s 3-1 win over William & Mary on Friday. Although Hofstra fell to JMU, 3-0, on Sunday, Klemm earned the start and recorded 35 assists and five digs in defeat. For the week, she averaged 12.14 assists and 2.71 digs per set.

CAA QUICK HITS:

  • With the conclusion of the 2013 CAA volleyball regular season, it’s time for the #CAAChamps this coming weekend in Charleston, S.C.
  • Through the regular season, four teams finished the year with at least nine home wins. CofC and Hofstra led the way with impressive, 12-3 and 11-3 records, respectively, followed by UNCW and Northeastern, which both registered 9-2 home marks.
  • This past week, CofC, UNCW and JMU all went a perfect 2-0.
  • UNCW continued its impressive season by capturing to key wins on the road to earn the #3 seed in the championship. The Seahawks’ eight conference wins are the most in program history, while the third-seed is the highest for UNCW since earning the No. 2 seed in the 1988 championship field.
  • UNCW Freshman Nicole Lott averaged 2.67 kills per set and junior Morgan Kline pitched in 2.44  kills per set to pace the Seahawks.
  • JMU stifled NU and Hofstra, limiting both opponents to a mere .058 hitting percentage. Junior MB Lizzy Briones shined over both matches, and registered 11 blocks in each for an amazing 22 block weekly total. She’s now 11 blocks behind Kate Fuchs 162 single-season JMU record set in 2002.
  • The Cougars won two road matches over the weekend, with the first coming in five sets over Towson to clinch the regular season crown. CofC hasn’t lost in 20 straight conference road contests dating back to 2011 and since its time in the SoCon as well.
  • Senior CofC standout Darcy Dorton hit .410, totaled 43 kills and averaged 5.38 kills per set.
  • Towson finished the season with two defeats, though junior Paige Sekerak impressed with 50 total digs over both matches this weekend. She had a career-high 31 versus UNCW and ended the year with 517 digs to become just the third player in program history to go over 500 digs in one season.
  • Delaware also dropped both of its matches over the weekend to complete its season. The Blue Hens were led by Ariel Shonk’s 40 total digs and Freshman Autumn Jenkins’ double-double of 17 kills and 14 digs in Friday’s 3-2 loss to UNCW.
  • The Pride went 1-1 over the weekend and earned the #5 seed. Kelsie Wills had 25 kills this week, moving into fourth place all-time in kills at Hofstra. Wills now has 1,413 career kills, passing Stefanie Rewitz, who tallied 1,399 kills from 1999-2002.

CAA Championship Field Set: The 2013 CAA Volleyball Championship field is officially set. CofC and NU are the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, followed by #3 UNCW, #4 JMU, #5 Hofstra and #6 W&M. For complete championship coverage, visit CAASports.com and click the volleyball #CAAChamps page.

CAA INDIVIDUAL Statistic Leaders:
Hitting percentage: College of Charleston’s Kerstin Koehler (.343 %).
KILLS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (468, 4.29 per set).
ASSISTS: James Madison’s Kristi Richardson (686, 8.27 per set).
SERVICE ACES: College of Charleston’s Cara Howley (29, 0.31 per set).
BLOCKS: UNCW’s Merideth Peacock (140, 1.49 per set).
DIGS: Northeastern’s Natalia Skiba (648, 5.63 per set).
POINTS: Hofstra’s Kelsie Wills (526, 4.83 per set).    *For games through 11/17/2013

NCAA D-I STAT INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rank/Actual
Blocks per set:
Meredith Peacock, UNCW    10 (1.49)
Lizzy Briones, James Madison    18 (1.40)

Digs per set:
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern    8 (5.63)
Ariel Shonk    10 (5.52)

Kills per set:
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra    24 (4.35)

Points per set:
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra    20 (4.89)

TEAM LEADERS

Blocks per set:
UNCW    14 (2.82)

Match W-L percentage:
Coll. of Charleston    20 (.821)

*-Games through 11/17/13, based on Top-25 for individual and team statistics.

NCAA Division I RPI Rankings:

Coll. of Charleston – No. 72
Northeastern – No. 85
UNCW – No. 144
James Madison – No. 148
Hofstra – No. 202
Delaware – No. 206
William & Mary – No. 216
Towson – No. 219

*Updated Nov. 18, 2013