PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Gillian O'Neal, Maine Maritime
(So., OH - Burbank, Calif.)
O'Neal helped lead the Mariners to three victories this week, including two crucial conference wins against Johnson State and Lyndon. In five matches this week, the sophomore recorded 91 kills (5.35 k/s) and 78 digs (4.59 d/s), while marking a new career-high in both kills and digs as she recorded an impressive 29 in both categories against Me.-Fort Kent. O'Neal also recorded 12 service aces on the week, while hitting .346.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amanda Chambers, Castleton
(Jr., OH - Lake George, N.Y.)
Chambers was all over the court in leading the Spartans to a 2-1 week, averaging 5.20 digs and 2.0 kills per set while hitting over .310 in two of three matches. The junior opened the week with 13 digs, seven kills, and two blocks in a 3-0 win over Cobleskill. The outside hitter followed up that performance by hitting .357 with seven kills and 11 digs against Colby-Sawyer, becoming the first NAC opponent since 2011 to hit over .300 with at least six kills and ten digs against the Chargers. Chambers finished off the weekend with a career-high 28 digs, two blocks, and six kills against Green Mountain in a 3-1 win.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Bailey Cote, Husson
(Fr., MH - Biddeford, Maine)
Cote helped Husson to two NAC victories last week against Lyndon and Johnson State. The freshman tallied 13 kills, seven service aces, and three block assists for the Eagles. Cote hit .379 on the weekend, while currently ranking third in the conference for her hitting percentage this season.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton went 2-1 last week to improve to 8-12 on the year and tie for third in the NAC standings. The Spartans opened with a dominant 3-0 win over Cobleskill on Wednesday. They then fell to Colby-Sawyer 3-0 before ending the weekend with a 3-1 victory over Green Mountain. Amanda Chambers put in an impressive performance, averaging 5.20 digs per set, along with 2.0 kills and 0.40 blocks per set. The Spartans face Lyndon and Johnson State to conclude conference action on Saturday.
Colby-Sawyer went 3-0 last week including the teams first win over Middlebury since 2008. The Chargers also picked up a pair of 3-0 NAC victories over Green Mountain and Castleton to improve to 19-8 overall and 4-0 in conference. Colby-Sawyer has four matches this week including a pair against Lyndon and Johnson to conclude NAC regular season play.
Green Mountain slipped twice this week in conference play over the weekend losing to Colby-Sawyer, 3-0, and Castleton, 3-1. The team also dropped a non-conference game to Johnson on Wednesday, getting edged out by the Badgers 3-2. The Eagles were led by Madison Wage who tallied 30 kills and nine total blocks. Celeste Bowers powered the back row with 52 digs. The Eagles will wrap up their regular season schedule this Saturday in Maine with matches against Maine Maritime and Husson.
Husson had a 2-0 week, defeating Lyndon and Johnson State in NAC play. Bailey Cote, Alexandra deHertogh, and Sarah Wilson all put in individually strong performances in the Eagles' victories.
Johnson State dropped two 3-0 matches this weekend against Husson and Maine Maritime. The Badgers move to 4-15 overall and 1-3 in conference action. Johnson will travel to Lyndon for matches against Castleton and Colby-Sawyer for its last regular season matches of the year.
Lyndon suffered two NAC losses Saturday at a quad-match held at the Maine Maritime. Lyndon fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-8, 25-22) to the host Mariners before losing a heartbreaker to Husson by a narrow margin of 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19, 15-11). In the match with Maritime, the Hornets were led by Abbey Greene, Gwyneth Stahl and Laura Drake who all contributed 10 digs, with Drake adding five assists. Kelleigh Murtagh had a team-high five kills for the Hornets and Ashley Barski added two services aces Versus the Eagles, Drake had a match-high 19 digs, Barski collected six service aces and Murtagh picked up seven kills. Greene had five kills to go with 15 digs and Stahl collected 10 assists.
Maine Maritime (11-12, 3-1) went 3-2 this week, dropping two matches to Maine-Fort Kent, but picking up wins over Unity and NAC opponents Johnson State and Lyndon. Sydney Robertson broke two more school records, after breaking the total block record earlier this season. Robertson is now the all-time leader in block solos, block assists, and total blocks. Gillian O'Neal set two personal bests with 29 kills and 29 digs against the Bengals on Tuesday.