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Volleyball Weekly Rewind — Sept. 8

Sep 10, 2014, 10:16 AM EST

Weekly CAA VB Report — Sept. 8

Towson (6-0), Hofstra (7-1) and UNCW (6-1) have jumped out of the gates early in 2014 to sit near the top of the league standings. The Tigers have now started the season with at least five straight wins for the third time in the last five years. Hofstra, meanwhile, enjoyed a 4-0 week with three wins at the St. Francis-Brooklyn Invitational. Sr. Kelsie Wills is continually inching closer to becoming the Pride’s all-time kills leader and should reach that mark within two or three weeks. The Seahawks won all three matches at the East Carolina Tournament last weekend, while Morgan Kline has filled in nicely as the team’s top offensive threat.

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College of Charleston – @CofCVolleyball
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Elon – @ElonVB
Hofstra – @HofstraVB
James Madison – @JMUVolleyball
UNCW – @SeahawkVB
Northeastern – @GoNUwvolleyball
Towson – @Towson_VB
William & Mary – @WM_TribeVB

Tweet of the Week: @HofstraVB – “FOUR STRAIGHT WINS. What a great start for the team. Now 7-1 this season. Go Pride!!!.”

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Saitaua Iosia • Towson | Senior | Outside Hitter | Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly

-Helped Towson move to 6-0 overall by leading the way offensively during three wins this weekend.
-Earned MVP honors at the Towson Invitational, notching 43 kills (4.30 P/S), while hitting a whopping .434 percent. Also added three service aces, 34 digs and three blocks.
-Registered two double-doubles in final two matches versus Coppin State and La Salle, respectively.
-Leads the CAA in kills (4.63 P/S) and service aces (0.53 P/S).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Nuria Lopes da Silva • Hofstra | Senior | Right Side Hitter | Escola Secundaria de Sampaio/Universidad Catolica de San Antonio
-Hofstra moved to 7-1 with four wins last week, while Lopes da Silva finished with 18 total blocks (1.50 P/S) and 27 digs (2.25 P/S).
-Had at least three blocks in all of the Pride’s four matches.
-Added 30 kills on .463 hitting, three service aces and four digs overall.
-Ranks fourth in the CAA in blocks per set this season.
CO-ROOKIES OF THE WEEK:
Daria Robinson • Delaware | Freshman | Middle Hitter | Durham, N.C./Hillside
-Played in all of UD’s 13 sets, totaled 21 kills (1.62 P/S) as the Blue Hens went 3-1 with wins over Delaware State, Central Connecticut State and Harvard.
-Led her team with 21 total blocks for an impressive 1.62 per set average.
-Tallied career-high nine blocks in win over DSU to start the week, then set season-high with seven kills in loss to Santa Clara.
Brigitte Burcescu • Northeastern |Freshman | Outside Hitter | Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas
-Helped Huskies move to 4-3 overall with three keys wins at the Rose Hill Classic.
-Collected 43 kills — 3.91 per set — and hit .286 over three wins versus Rider, Fairleigh Dickinson and Fordham
-Also provided 19 digs and eight blocks and was named to the Rose Hill Classic All-Tournament Team.

 CAA Stat Leaders

Hitting %:
Victoria Williams, Towson – .495
Saitaua Iosia, Towson – .412
Nuria Lopes da Silva – .366
Kills:
Saitaua Iosia, Towson – 88 (4.63 P/S)
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra – 112 (4.15 P/S)
Janey Goodman, JMU – 95 (4.13 P/S)
Assists:
Hannah Klemm, Hofstra – 271 (10.42 P/S)
Sarah Patterson, JMU – 211 (8.44 P/S)
Ana Nicksic, Elon – 176 (8.38 P/S)
Service Aces:
Saitaua Iosia, Towson – 10 (0.53 P/S)
Kelsie Wills, Hofstra – 14 (0.52 P/S)
Brianna Montgomery, Hofstra – 12 (0.48 P/S)
Blocks:
Lizzy Briones, JMU – 43 (1.79 P/S)
Candace Steadman, Towson – 26 (1.37 P/S)
Meredith Peacock, UNCW – 32 (1.28 P/S)
Digs:
Natalia Skiba, Northeastern – 121 (5.04 P/S)
Andi Zbojniewicz, CofC – 128 (4.27 P/S)
Taylor Hollingsworth, UD – 103 (4.12 P/S)