PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stephanie Vecchio, Colby-Sawyer
(Jr, OH - Shelter Island, N.Y.)
Stephanie collected 35 kills in a 2-2 week for the Chargers. She was very impressive on Friday in a pair of wins. She recorded nine kills and hit .261 in a 3-0 win over Brandeis and followed with 16 kills, while hitting .387 and added four blocks in a 3-1 win over Bates. She hit .253 for the week.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Gillian O'Neal, Maine Maritime
(Fr, OH - Burbank, Calif.)
O'Neal's play helped the Mariners go 2-0 last week. She combined for 17 kills, four aces and 21 digs in wins over Presque Isle and Fort Kent. She posted .421 hitting percentage against Presque Isle and .261 against Fort Kent.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton had its best week of the year, going 3-0 while just dropping one set in wins over Green Mountain and Mass. Maritime. The Spartans earned a 3-1 victory over Green Mountain on Friday night and then swept Mass. Maritime in a doubleheader on Saturday, winning 3-0, 3-0. Cassidy Tedeschi led the offense with 26 kills and 12 digs over ten sets. Castleton is back in action against Lyndon St. and Johnson St. next Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-2 last week with wins over Bates and Brandeis and losses to Middlebury and Bowdoin. Jackie Keating led the team with 37 kills. Colby-Sawyer will host Plymouth on Tuesday and then begin NAC play at home on Saturday with matches against Husson and Maine Maritime.
Green Mountain played to a 1-2 mark this past week. The Eagles lost their road game against Castleton on Friday, 3-1. The team then split a pair of matches on Saturday, defeating Me.-Presque Isle 3-0 before losing to Lyndon 3-1 in the second match. Madison Wage led all hitters with 23 kills and was a force in the middle with nine solo blocks to go with two block assists. GMC will open conference play this weekend when it hosts Lyndon and Johnson on Saturday at 12 pm and 6 pm, respectively.
Husson dropped two matches at UMass-Dartmouth over the weekend. Lindsay Chapman continued to stand out for the Eagles, and teammates Emma Plouffe and Autumn Wilber also had notable performances. The team will travel to Colby for a mid-week game and then travel to Colby-Sawyer over the weekend.
Johnson State dropped two non-conference road matches this week against Curry College (3-0) and and Pine Manor College (3-1). The Badgers now stand 0-12 on the season and will prepare for a conference tri-match against Castleton and Green Mountain next Saturday.
Lyndon improved to 4-6 on the season Saturday with a pair of victories over the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Green Mountain College in a tri-match held at Stannard Gymnasium. In the win over the Owls, Joy Piper led the way for the Hornets with an 11-kill, seven-dig, three-block performance as Lyndon recorded a hard-fought 25-19, 25-19, 25-18 win. Against the Eagles, the Hornets won by set scores of 25-19, 25-14, 17-25 and 25-20. Abbey Greene amassed eight kills, seven services aces, three blocks and 11 digs for the Hornets.
Maine Maritime went 2-0 last week. The Mariners blanked both Maine-Presque Isle and Maine-Fort Kent 3-0.