PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrea Williams, Johnson State
(Jr., MB - Park Falls, Nova Scotia)
Williams helped her team go 1-1 in conference competition, as she played well on both sides of the ball. The junior tallied 15 solo blocks, 10 kills (hitting .643), and four digs in a tough 3-0 loss to Lyndon. In a 3-1 win over Green Mountain, the middle blocker recorded 10 kills (hitting .583), eight solo blocks, four digs, and three service aces. On the week, Williams recorded 23 solo blocks and hit .615 with 20 kills, eight digs, and three service aces. The junior currently leads the NAC in blocks per set with a 1.41 average.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Lexi Strong, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr., DS - Somersworth, N.H.)
Strong guided the Chargers to a 2-0 week by playing solid defense. Strong began with a match best 13 digs in Colby-Sawyer's 3-0 win over Husson and followed with a match-high 15 digs in a 3-0 win over Maine Maritime. The rookie averaged 4.67 digs per set and added five aces and four assists.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-2 last week, including a 1-1 mark in conference play with a loss to Maine Maritime and a win over Husson. In Castleton's win over Husson, Michaela Babineau led the team with 17 assists and 16 digs. This week the Spartans travel to face Mass. Maritime and Gordon on Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer ran its record to 14-5 after a pair of 3-0 victories over NAC opponents Husson and Maine Maritime. After the opening weekend of conference action, the Chargers are 2-0 and will not see another NAC team until October 18. In the mean time, the Chargers play Johnson & Wales, Trine, Roger Williams, Emerson and UMass Boston this week.
Green Mountain lost two conference matches this weekend, a 3-0 loss to Lyndon and a 3-1 loss to Johnson on Saturday. Torie Cowell led the offense with 17 kills and also contributed nine total blocks, while Celeste Bowers powered the defense with 38 digs. The Eagles have no matches scheduled for this upcoming week.
Husson had a tough 0-4 week, facing two NESCAC and two NAC opponents in Bates, Colby, Colby-Sawyer, and Castleton. The Eagles will look to get back on track with a Tuesday matchup at Maine Machias.
Johnson State split the week dropping a 3-0 match to Lyndon and then picking up a big 3-1 win over Green Mountain. The Badgers' split moves them to 3-11 overall and 1-1 on in conference play. Johnson saw stand out performances from Breanna Laughlin and Andrea Williams who tallied a total of 53 kills between the pair. Williams also posted 23 block solos on the weekend. The Badgers will travel to Salem State next weekend for a non-conference tri-match before resuming conference play on October 18th.
Lyndon opened its North Atlantic Conference season on a high note with a sweep of a tri-match held at Johnson State College. The Hornet blanked the Badgers 3-0 before besting Green Mountain by the identical match score. In the opener, Gwyneth Stahl led the way offensively posting six kills, three assists, three service aces, six digs and one block. Lyndon won the match by set scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-16. In the nightcap against the Eagles, Laura Drake had six kills, three assists, two aces, seven digs and one block as the Hornets pulled off the sweep. Lyndon took the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-8.
Maine Maritime went 3-1 overall this week, picking up two wins against Me.-Machias and a victory over Castleton. Sydney Robertson became the all-time career leader in total blocks. The team will return to action this Wednesday when they play at Saint Joseph's.