NAC Volleyball Weekly Honors (Week Ending October 1)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alli Lahiff, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., MB - Haverhill, Mass.)
Lahiff hit .333 and averaged 3.11 kills per set in a 2-1 week for the Chargers. She tied for the team lead with eight kills, adding two digs, one assist and one block in a hard fought loss to a strong Middlebury team. Lahiff then tied again for the team lead with 12 kills on .588 hitting as the Chargers opened NAC play with a 3-0 win over Castleton. She added four aces, four digs and one block in the win over the Spartans. The senior finished the week with another eight kills and three digs and two aces in a 3-0 win over Green Mountain.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Morgan Flynn, Colby-Sawyer
(So., DS - Reading, Mass.)
Flynn led the Chargers with 30 digs (3.33/set) in a 2-1 week. The sophomore began the week with eight digs in a hard fought loss to a strong Middlebury team. She then recorded match-highs of 11 digs in each of the Chargers' 3-0 NAC wins over Castleton and Green Mountain. On the week, she also added two kills, two assists and one ace.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Kayleigh MacDougall, New England College
(Fr., OH - Farmington, N.H.)
MacDougall compiled 39 kills (3.00/set), 23 digs (1.77/set) and hit .239 in a 3-1 week for the Pilgrims. She opened the week with a 14-kill performance against Becker while adding four digs, three aces, one assists and one block. She then tallied 10 digs, three kills and one ace in a loss to Southern Maine. The rookie recorded five kills, four digs and one ace in a conference win over Green Mountain. She wrapped up the week with a season-high 17 kills against Castleton, while adding five digs and one ace.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton lost to Colby-Sawyer (3-0) and New England College (3-1) in its first conference matches of the 2017 season. Greta Hoehn finished with four kills, three service aces, and seven digs against the Chargers. Against NEC, Jess Grace collected 18 digs and Meghan Zawatsky earned seven service aces and eight digs. The Spartans host Lyndon in a non-conference match Friday evening, October 6.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-1 last week. The Chargers fell to a strong Middlebury team 3-0, but rebounded with a pair of 3-0 sweeps over Castleton and Green Mountain to open conference play. Courtney Murray led the squad with 30 kills, while Alli Lahiff added 28. The team will play at Norwich on Wednesday before beginning a lengthy homestand on Saturday with matches against Worcester State and Eastern Nazarene.
Green Mountain went 1-2 during the week. The Eagles started the week with a 3-1 non-conference win against Lyndon, then lost both games against NEC and Colby-Sawyer, 3-0. Estela Felix Almeida led the team with 26 kills and 20 digs. GMC will host a quad match Friday and Saturday playing UMaine-Presque Isle, Johnson and SUNY Delhi.
Husson defeated Johnson, 3-0 (25-4, 25-7, 25-8) and Lyndon, 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-6) in two NAC matchups on Saturday. The Eagles improve to 11-8 (2-0 NAC). Husson achieved a major accomplishment in the match against Johnson as the team set the record for most aces in a volleyball match with 36. The Eagles also defeated Unity 3-0 on Wednesday.
Johnson (0-11, 0-3 NAC) went 0-3 this past week falling to Lyndon, Husson, and Maine Maritime 3-0, respectively. The Badgers will host a non-conference game against Lyndon on Tuesday, then will travel to Green Mountain College on Saturday to play Green Mountain, Maine Presque Isle, and SUNY Delhi.
Lyndon went 1-3 for the week, picking up the team's first win of the season in the process. Senior Alexis Walker had five kills, three aces, and three digs to lead Lyndon to their win over Johnson.
Maine Maritime went 2-1 this week, falling 3-1 in a very competitive match to NESCAC's Bates, and opening up NAC play with a clean sweep of Saturday's matches against Lyndon and Johnson State. The Mariners return to action next Saturday when they travel to UNE to take on both the Nor'easters and USM in non-conference action.
New England College went 3-1 on the week and opened NAC play with two wins on Saturday, downing Green Mountain 3-0 and Castleton 3-1. Kayleigh MacDougall (Famington, N.H.) led the team offensively with 3.00 kills per set on the week, while junior Meaghan Six (Manchester, N.H.) served a team-high 13 service aces on the week. NEC will be back in action on Tuesday, hosting Fitchburg State at 7:00 p.m.