PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gillian O'Neal, Maine Maritime
(Sr., OH - Burbank, Calif.)
O'Neal helped lead the Mariners to a 1-1 week, totaling 37 kills (4.11 k/s), 21 digs (2.33 d/s), six aces (0.67 sa/s), two assists and one block. In the Mariners' 3-1 win over Southern Maine, the senior tallied 19 kills, seven digs, four aces and two assists. In a tough 3-2 loss to UNE, the senior recorded a double-double of 18 kills and 14 digs while adding two aces and a block.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
J'Leen Diaz, Castleton
(Sr., OH - West Hartford, Conn.)
Diaz led Castleton in digs once again this week, collecting 36 in two matches (4.50 digs/set), as the Spartans went 1-1. In a tough 3-2 loss to Lesley, she earned 23 digs, helping push the match to a fifth set. She followed that up with 13 digs against Elms as Castleton earned a 3-0 victory. Diaz has now reached double figures in digs in five straight matches and nine matches overall this season and is fifth in the league with 3.68 digs per set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Sydney Adams, Maine Maritime
(Fr., S/RS - Trumbull, Conn.)
Adams helped lead the Mariners to a 1-1 week against a pair of tough non-conference opponents. In a 3-1 win over Southern Maine, the rookie tallied a double-double of 30 assists and 11 digs, while earning four kills, three aces and one block. In a tough 3-2 loss to UNE, she recorded another double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs, while adding five kills, three aces and three blocks. Overall Adams averaged 6.11 assists per set, 2.44 digs per set and 0.67 service aces per set.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton split two matches Saturday, losing in five sets to Lesley University before sweeping host Elms College. In the match against Elms, Alex Madsen became Castleton's all-time assists leader when she earned her 727th career assist. After a road match at SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday, the Spartans play their first home matches in over a month, hosting Colby-Sawyer and Maine Maritime next Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer dropped three matches last week to very strong teams from New England. The Chargers fell to a pair of regionally ranked teams in MIT and UMass Boston. Freshman Naarah Cox had a solid week with team highs of 15 kills and six blocks. The schedule doesn't get easier for Colby-Sawyer which will travel to undefeated Johnson & Wales on Wednesday before resuming conference action on Saturday at Castleton with Green Mountain.
Green Mountain fell in a trio of non-conference matches this week losing to SUNY Adirondack, Daniel Webster and Southern Vermont all by 3-0 scores. The team was led by Torie Cowell who recorded eight kills, 16 digs and two solo blocks. The Eagles will be in action on Friday at Daniel Webster in a tri-match with Dean College before engaging with Colby-Sawyer and Maine Maritime on Saturday at Castleton in conference play.
Husson lost to Colby 3-0. The Eagles will take on Maine Machias, Johnson State and Lyndon this week.
Johnson State went 0-3 on the week, which started with a loss at Norwich on Tuesday. The Badgers traveled to MCLA on Saturday for a tri-match with the Trailblazers and Wells, losing both matches. The Badgers will host their final home match of the season on Friday against Green Mountain, then play a tri-match on Saturday against Husson and the UMPI at Lyndon State.
Lyndon finished the week 0-1. The Hornets lost to Norwich 3-0 Thursday evening in their only match of the week. The Hornets host Keene State Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. then host UMaine-Presque Isle and Husson on Saturday.
Maine Maritime went 1-1 this week, picking up a win over Southern Maine and falling to UNE. Maine Maritime hosts Unity on Wednesday, and will take on Green Mountain and Castleton this weekend in NAC action.
UMaine-Presque Isle fdropped two matches to Unity, 3-1 and 3-0. The Owls will take on Maine Machias, Johnson State and Lyndon this week.