CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three America East teams finished with winning records last week as Hartford went 3-1, while UMBC and Stony Brook each went 2-1. UMBC had its eight-match winning streak snapped on the final day of the West Virginia Tournament. Friday begins conference play in the America East with a pair of matches at 7 p.m. Here are the week four volleyball awards:
Player of the Week Melissa Rigo, So., Stony Brook East Northport, N.Y.
Averaged 3.33 kills per set, 3.67 digs per set and recorded a .358 hitting percentage while helping Stony Brook go 2-1 at the Bryant Invitational.
Named to Bryant Invitational All-Tournament team.
Only player to rank in the top-10 in the conference last week in kills (2nd), hitting percentage (2nd) and digs (8th).
Notched double-doubles in all three matches.
Had 12 kills and 13 digs vs. St. John’s. Followed that with 13 kills and a .542 hitting percentage with no errors vs. Bryant.
Notched 15 kills and 16 digs with a .306 hitting percentage vs. Princeton.
Rookie of the Week Casey Griffith, Fr., UMBC King of Prussia, Pa.
Led all freshmen and ranked fourth in the conference with 4.17 digs per set in a 2-1 week for UMBC last weekend.
Had 12+ digs in each of the three matches, including a career-high 26 digs in a five-set win over Georgetown.
Helped UMBC rank first last week in opponent hitting percentage, holding Liberty, Georgetown and West Virginia to just a .115 hitting percentage.
Setter of the Week Jackie Tamburri, Jr., Hartford Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Led the conference with 11.62 assists per set in a 3-1 week for the Hawks.
Had a pair of double-doubles, notching 41 assists and 11 digs at Bryant and 40 assists and 10 digs against NJIT.
Recorded 30+ assists in all four matches.
Led Hartford to a conference-best .281 hitting percentage for the week.
Also averaged 2.54 digs per set which was first among setters for the week.
Around the League
UMBC had its eight-match winning streak snapped against West Virginia on Sunday.
Weekly Awards Sept. 3 – Player of the Week: Morgan Thatcher, Sr., New Hampshire; Rookie of the Week: Michelle Cruz, Fr., Providence; Setter of the Week: Mallory McIntyre, Sr., UMBC Sept. 9 – Player of the Week: Ali Goc, Sr., UMBC; Rookie of the Week: Michelle Cruz, Fr., Providence; Setter of the Week: Jordan Wiesler, So., Providence Sept. 16 – Player of the Week: Emily Witsaman, Sr., UMBC; Rookie of the Week: Laini Leindecker, Fr., Albany; Mallory McIntyre, Sr., UMBC Sept. 23 – Player of the Week: Melissa Rigo, So., Stony Brook; Rookie of the Week: Casey Griffith, Fr., UMBC; Setter of the Week: Jackie Tamburri, Jr., Hartford