PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stephanie Vecchio, Colby-Sawyer
(Sr., OH - Shelter Island, N.Y.)
Vecchio led the Colby-Sawyer attack in a 4-0 week. The Charger outside hitter averaged 3.91 kills per set and hit .276. The senior collected a team-best 43 kills, 12 service aces, and was third on the team with 31 digs. Vecchio's best match was a career-high tying 17-kill performance in a 3-0 win at Lyndon, as she hit .438 in the match and added seven digs. The outside hitter began the week with a double-double of 13 kills and 17 digs in the team's 3-1 win at Keene State.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Samantha Ryan, Maine Maritime
(Jr., L/DS - Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ryan helped lead the Mariners to a 2-1 week, including a 2-0 record in NAC play. The junior averaged 4.50 digs per set against conference opponents. In a 3-0 win over Husson, she tallied 12 digs and in a 3-0 win over Green Mountain she earned 15 digs. On the week, the libero recorded 32 digs, one kill, and one assist.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Lexi Strong, Colby-Sawyer
(Fr., DS - Somersworth, N.H.)
Strong once again led the Chargers in digs with 45 in a 4-0 week. The defensive specialist began the week with three-straight double figure dig performances. The rookie had 15 digs in a 3-1 win against Keene State to go along with four aces. Strong followed with 15 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Norwich and 13 more in a 3-0 win at Lyndon. Strong recorded 3.75 d/s in conference play and 4.09 d/s on the week.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 1-1 last weekend and with its loss to Lyndon dropping them out of the NAC Tournament. The Spartans opened with a 3-0 win over Johnson State, but fell to the host Hornets 3-2 to go 3-3 in conference play. Castleton concludes its season when the team hosts Norwich on Wednesday.
Colby-Sawyer was ranked No. 11 in the most recent New England regional poll and improved to 23-8 with four more wins last week. The team has won seven-straight matches and finished the NAC regular season with a perfect record for the fourth straight season. The Chargers play a tri-match with Emerson and Clark before hosting a NAC semifinal match against the No. 4 seed Lyndon on November 7.
Green Mountain played some of its best volleyball over the weekend despite losing to both Husson and Maine Maritime, 3-0, on Saturday. The Eagles were led offensively by Torie Cowell who posted 10 kills. Defensively, GMC received 24 digs from Celeste Bowers and six total blocks from Madison Wage.
Husson had a 1-2 week and secured the third seed in the upcoming NAC volleyball championship. Bailey Cote, Alexandra deHertogh, and Sarah Wilson put together strong performances for the Eagles.
Johnson State ended the season with two 3-0 losses to Castleton and Colby-Sawyer. The Badgers ended 4-17 overall on the year and 1-5 in NAC play.
Lyndon earned a berth into the NAC tournament with a split of its quad-match with Colby-Sawyer and Castleton Saturday at Stannard Gymnasium. The hornets dropped a 3-0 decision to the Chargers in the opener before rallying from a 2-1 deficit to record a 3-2 match victory over the Spartans. Gwyneth Stahl led Lyndon with 14 kills, 12 assists, six services aces, 22 digs and three blocks on the day. Lyndon will face Colby-Sawyer on Friday, November 7, in the semifinals of the NAC Championships. The hornets finish the regular season with an overall record of 7-12 and a 3-3 mark in league play.
Maine Maritime went 2-1 this week, picking up two conference wins against Husson and Green Mountain on Saturday. Maine Maritime clinched the No. 2 seed in the NAC Championship. This week the Mariners will play Colby and Me.-Presque Isle as they prepare for the NAC Championship.