PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stephanie Vecchio, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., OH - Shelter Island, N.Y.)
Vecchio led the Charger attack in a 2-1 week, as she totaled 35 kills for 3.18 kills per set. The outside hitter began the week with 16 kills and 10 digs in a 3-1 win over Endicott. The senior followed with 10 kills and eight digs in a tough 3-1 loss to Emmanuel. Vecchio finished the week with nine kills and four digs in a 3-0 sweep of Brandeis. On the week, she also collected 22 digs, six blocks, three service aces, and two assists.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gillian O'Neal, Maine Maritime
(So., OH - Burbank, Calif.)
O'Neal helped lead the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday, and has been instrumental in leading Maine Maritime to victories in four of their last five matches. O'Neal recorded 27 digs (6.75/set), while hitting .258 and tallying 21 kills (5.25/set) in the victory.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Nia Arranaga, Husson
(Fr., S - San Jose, Calif.)
Arranaga recorded an impressive 10 service aces in Husson's 3-1 win over Maine-Machias on Wednesday. In a three-game week, the rookie recorded 19 digs, 13 service aces, 10 assists, eight kills, and two blocks.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-2 last week, opening with a dominant 3-0 victory over Green Mountain on Wednesday. The Spartans then dropped a pair of matches over the weekend, falling 3-0 to Rhode Island College and then 3-1 to Elms. Junior Amanda Chambers averaged 5.0 digs and 1.40 kills per set in three matches. This week Castleton travels to Sage and then faces Husson and Maine Maritime in their first conference matches of the year.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-1 last week. The Chargers began the week by defeating Endicott 3-1. The team then split a tri-match on Saturday losing to Emmanuel 3-1, but defeating Brandeis 3-0. Colby-Sawyer will open NAC play on Saturday by hosting Husson and Maine Maritime.
Green Mountain lost two non-conference matches to two conference opponents this week. On Wednesday, the Eagles lost 3-0 to Castleton and then on Saturday were defeated 3-0 by Lyndon. GMC will play at SUNY Cobleskill on Wednesday before opening up conference play against Johnson and Lyndon on Saturday.
Husson had a 1-2 week, defeating Maine Machias 3-1 and falling to Trinity and Wesleyan in Connecticut. Alexandra deHertogh was a strong offensive presence for the team, and Kristen Atwood and Nia Arranaga led the way for the Eagles on defense.
Johnson State dropped a 3-1 decision in a non-conference road match against SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday. The loss sees the Badgers dip to 2-10 overall. Johnson faces its first conference matches this weekend when it hosts Lyndon St. and Green Mountain.
Lyndon earned victories over Johnson State and Green Mountain to improve to 4-7 overall. Abbey Greene led the Hornets with 20 kills and 27 digs in the period while Gwyneth Stahl chipped in 17 kills and 24 digs. Laura Drakes handed out 15 assists, ncluding a team-high 13 versus the Eagles and Joy Piper collected six blocks. Lyndon plays host to Norwich university Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Stannard Gymnasium.
Maine Maritime hosted the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday afternoon and defeated the Bengals in four sets 25-23, 25-27, 27-25, 25-20. The Mariners currently stand at 4-7 and will kick off conference play this weekend.