PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Abby Jewett, UMaine-Presque Isle
(Sr., OH - Bass Harbor, Maine)
Jewett had an impressive week for the Owls, leading her team to two wins over the weekend. The senior averaged 4.56 kills per set with a .272 hitting percentage overall and a .304 mark in conference play. She also recorded 3.83 digs per set, 13 service aces, and six assists. The outside hitter tallied three double-doubles after recording 17 kills and 24 digs in a tough five-set loss to Maine-Machias, 14 kills and 13 digs in the second of two matches with the Clippers, and then 20 kills and 18 digs in a tough 3-1 loss to conference opponent Lyndon.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Riley Mooers, Husson
(Fr., RS/S - Mount Desert, Maine)
Mooers helped lead Husson to a 3-0 week, including 2-0 mark in the NAC to remain unbeaten in conference play. The freshman recorded double-digit digs in two of her three matches, including a 22-dig performance (7.33/set) against Maine-Machias and a 10 digs, 12 kills match with Lyndon. She tallied a team-high 40 digs on the week, averaging 3.64 per set, while also posting 2.27 kills per set, nine assists, nine service aces and one block.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Hanna Hembrow, Husson
(Fr., S - Milford, N.H.)
Hembrow helped Husson record a 3-0 week, including a 2-0 mark in the NAC to remain unbeaten in conference play. The rookie recorded 86 assists (7.82/set), 33 digs (3.00/set), ten kills, four blocks (one solo), and eight aces in three matches. The setter tallied double-double performances in all three matches; Maine-Machias (26 assists, 12 digs), Johnson State (32 assists, 11 digs), and Lyndon (28 assists, 10 digs).
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 0-3 over the past week, first losing at SUNY Cobleskill Wednesday night. Playing its first home matches in over a month Saturday, the Spartans took the first set from Colby-Sawyer, but eventually lost to the Chargers, 3-1. Castleton then lost to league co-leader Maine Maritime, 3-0. The Spartans complete conference play this week, hosting Green Mountain Wednesday before going to GMC Saturday for matches against Johnson State and Lyndon.
Colby-Sawyer went 2-1 last week. After dropping a 3-0 decision to Johnson & Wales, which is one of three undefeated teams left in the country, the Chargers rebounded with a 3-1 win over Castleton and a 3-0 sweep of Green Mountain to improve to 4-1 in the NAC. Freshman Naarah Cox led the team with 17 kills on .406 hitting and seven blocks. The team will travel to Southern Maine and Suffolk before hosting UMPI and Husson on Saturday.
Green Mountain played in a back-to-back pair of tri-matches this week, falling in all four contests, 3-0. The Eagles were led by Taylor's Hill's 10 kills and 23 digs. The team will wrap up the regular season this week with a road game at Castleton on Wednesday and then a quad-match at home on Saturday.
Husson recorded two wins on the road as they beat conference opponent Lyndon and Johnson 3-0 and 3-2.
Johnson State was 0-3 on the week, dropping a pair of matches to UMPI and another to Husson. Johnson will wrap up their season with a NAC tri-match against Castleton and Green Mountain, at Green Mountain.
Lyndon finished the week 1-2. The Hornets lost to Keene State 3-0 Tuesday evening and then topped UMaine-Presque Isle 3-1 before falling to Husson in a 3-2 thriller on Saturday. Lyndon heads to Green Mountain College for a tri-match with Castleton on Saturday to finish out conference play.
Maine Maritime went 3-0 this week, including wins over Green Mountain and Castleton to improve to a perfect 5-0 in the NAC. The Mariners travel to Bates College on Tuesday, before heading to New Hampshire this weekend to take on Maine-Presque Isle and Husson University on Saturday.
UMaine-Presque Isle went 2-3 on the week. The Owlas dropped two matches to Maine Machias, 3-2 and 3-0, before earned a three set win over Johnson State. UMPI then dropped a 3-1 decision to Lyndon and ended the week with another 3-0 win over the Badgers.