PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Naarah Cox, Colby-Sawyer
(So., MB - Boston, Mass.)
Cox was a force on both sides of the net for the Chargers last week. She led the team with 61 kills (2.77 k/s) on .252 hitting, while also registering a team best 14 total blocks (.64 b/s). She recorded double-digit kills in four of the five matches, highlighted by a 16-kill, five-block performance in a close 3-2 loss to currently undefeated Keene State (8-0). The sophomore also had an impressive 14-kill, four-block match in a 3-1 non-conference win over New England College.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Meaghan Six, New England College
(Jr., DS - Manchester, N.H.)
Six averaged 4.35 digs per set for NEC in a tough week. The junior had five-straight matches with double-digit digs, including back-to-back matches with 17 digs to wrap up the week. She also tallied four assists and three service aces on the week for the Pilgrims.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jessica D'Auria, Maine Maritime
(Fr., OH - Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)
D'Auria continued her impressive start for the Mariners, leading the team to a 2-3 week against five tough non-conference opponents. The freshman outside hitter tallied double-digit kills in each match this week, and has done so in all eight matches for the Mariners this season. This week D'Auria totaled 52 kills (2.74 k/s), 34 digs (1.79 d/s), 13 aces (0.68 sa/s), three assists and one block. In the Mariners' 3-2 win over Colby, the freshman led the team with 14 kills, while adding seven digs and four aces. Against the 2016 GNAC Champions Johnson & Wales, she led the team once again with 11 kills, and added five digs and one block. Against Gordon College, D'Auria tallied 11 kills, eight digs and added a career-high five aces.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton continues to look for its first win of the 2017 season after 3-0 losses to SUNY Cobleskill, MCLA, and Bay Path. The Spartans will have a week to prepare for their first home matches of the season, taking on Old Westbury and Paul Smith's College Sunday, September 17, at Glenbrook Gym.
Colby-Sawyer went 1-4 last week, but three of the four losses came in five-setters. The Chargers' lone win of the week came against New England College, which did not count towards the conference standings. The team will hit the road this week with matches at Regis and Framingham State with Western New England.
Green Mountain lost its only match of the week to SUNY Cobleskill, 3-0. The Eagles were led by freshman Estela Felix Almeida who recorded six kills, 21 digs, and two blocks in the loss. GMC will head to Lyndon this Saturday for a pair of matches against Bay Path and Paul Smith's.
Husson went 3-2 on the week with a third place finish at the SJC Autumn Invitational, wins coming against Maine-Machias and Maine-Presque. Nia Arranaga was the lone Eagle to be named to the SJC All-Tournament team.
Johnson (0-5) went 0-3 past week, falling to Smith, Dean, and Gallaudet. The Badgers host Norwich on Thursday, then travel to Castleton for a tri-match with Paul Smith's and Old Westbury.
Lyndon were swept, 3-0, by both Fisher and Norwich at Norwich on Saturday. Junior Faith Richard recorded two kills, four service aces, and eight digs in the tri-match.
Maine Maritime went 2-3 this week, picking up a solid non-conference victory over NESCAC's Colby College and Bridgewater State in the Johnson & Wales University Invitational. The Mariners travel to Husson on Wednesday night for a non-conference match, before hosting the Eighth Annual Maritime Classic between SUNY Maritime, USMMA and Mass. Maritime on Saturday and Sunday.
New England College had a tough week, dropping matches to Norwich, Plymouth State, Rivier, Keene State and Colby-Sawyer. The Pilgrims participated in their first Grantite State Challenge, which features all five NCAA Division III volleyball programs in the state of New Hampshire. NEC has a much calmer week ahead, as they travel to Dean on Wednesday and host a tri-match on Saturday against Elms and Nichols.