Courtesy: America East Communications

New Hampshire Takes Two of Four#AEVB Weekly Awards

Release: 09/20/2016

BOSTON - America East volleyball teams combined for 12 wins last week, which included three each by Albany, Binghamton and New Hampshire. The Great Danes swept UConn, St. John's and Army to win the West Point Invitational and M.J. Engstrom became the program's all-time winningest head coach. Here are the weekly award winners:

Player of the Week
Demi Muses, New Hampshire, Jr., Orangevale, Calif.

  • Ranked 2nd in the league in kills (5.14/s) and 3rd in hitting percentage (.361) in a 3-1 week for the Wildcats.
  • Also averaged 0.79 blocks per set to rank 7th in the conference.
  • Totaled 17 kills on a .500 hitting percentage and eight digs in a loss to Harvard.
  • Finished with 15 kills on a .306 hitting percentage with 18 digs in a win over Holy Cross.
  • Posted 18 kills and 14 digs in a win over Sacred Heart.
  • Finished with weekend with 22 kills and a .432 hitting percentage in a victory over Idaho State.

Rookie of the Week
Emily Tanski, New Hampshire, Fr., Plymouth, Mich.

  • Averaged 3.21 kills and 4.21 digs per set in a 3-1 week for the Wildcats.
  • Finished the week with a .303 hitting percentage.
  • Had a pair of double-doubles with 15 kills and 15 digs in a loss to Harvard and then 13 kills and 16 digs in a win over Sacred Heart.

Setter of the Week
Claudia Lopez, UMBC, So., S, Guanybo, Puerto Rico

  • Led the conference last week, averaging 12.57 assists per set.
  • Helped UMBC to a .215 hitting percentage, the second-best for any team last week.
  • Was integral in UMBC’s 2-0 weekend with wins over Columbia and Providence.
  • Also averaged 2.14 digs per set.

Defensive Specialist of the Week
Nicole Otero, Albany, So. L, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Named to Army Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • Ranked second in the conference with 6.08 digs per set.
  • Helped Albany win the Army Invitational with wins over UConn, St. John’s and Army.
  • Was a part of an Albany defense that help opponents to a .186 hitting percentage.

Weekly Award Winners
Aug. 30 - Player of the Week: Abbie Mirabella, UMBC; Rookie of the Week: Katherine Claybaugh, UMass Lowell; Setter of the Week: Claudia Lopez, UMBC; Def. Specialist of the Week: Nicole Otero, Albany
Sep. 6 - Player of the Week: Laini Leindecker, Albany; Rookie of the Week: Katherine Claybaugh, UMass Lowell; Setter of the Week: Keelin Severtson, New Hampshire; Def. Specialist of the Week: Lindsey Visvardis, UMass Lowell
Sep. 13 - Player of the Week: Gaby Alica, Binghamton; Rookie of the Week: Chloe Evering, Albany; Setter of the Week: Sarah Ngo, Binghamton; Def. Specialist of the Week: Kristin Watson, UMBC
Sep. 20 - Player of the Week: Demis Muses, New Hampshire; Rookie of the Week: Emily Tanski, New Hampshire; Setter of the Week: Claudia Lopez, UMBC; Def. Specialist of the Week: Nicole Otero, Albany

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