Taylor Dunklau was one of three volleyball standouts to earn America East weekly awards Tuesday.
Taylor Dunklau was one of three volleyball standouts to earn America East weekly awards Tuesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

UMBC's Walker, Mirabella; UNH's Dunklau Take Home #AEVB Weekly Honors

Release: 09/02/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 2014 collegiate volleyball season got underway last weekend as UMBC and Stony Brook each posted multiple wins. The Retrievers are off to a 4-0 start, its best 2007. Two Retrievers earned the first America East weekly awards of the year as a result. Here are the weekly award winners:

Player of the Week
Sherelle Walker, UMBC, Jr., Outside Hitter, New Freedom, Pa.

  • Named MVP of UMES's Hawks Holiday Hulabuloo after leading UMBC to the tournament title with a 4-0 record.
  • Averaged 2.79 kills per set while hitting a league-best .457 for the week.
  • Added a team-best 14 blocks (1.0 per set).

Setter of the Week
Taylor Dunklau, New Hampshire, Sr., Setter, Mukwonago, Wis.

  • Averaged a league-best 10.33 assists per set for UNH last week as the Wildcats hit .186 for the week.
  • Had a double-double of 32 assists and 11 digs vs. UConn Saturday.
  • Recorded 54 assists in a 3-2 win over Central Conn. State Saturday.

Rookie of the Week
Abbie Mirabella, UMBC, Fr., Outside Hitter, Hockessin, Del.

  • Recorded a team-best 3.21 kills per set last week in earning all-tournament honors at the Hawks Holiday Hullabullo.
  • Added a league-best 12 service aces and had 1.57 digs per set.


  • UMBC won UMES' Hawks Holiday Hulabuloo by going a perfect 4-0 with wins over South Dakota State (3-0), Fairleigh Dickinson (3-0), Weber State (3-2) and UMES (3-0).
  • The 4-0 start is UMBC's best since 2007.
  • Stony Brook went 2-1 last weekend with wins over DePaul (3-1) and Bradley (3-2). The Seawolves are 2-0 in season openers under Coley Pawlikowski.
  • Kathy Fletcher each earned all-tournament honors at the DePaul Invitational as the Seawolves placed second.
  • Tori Forrest notched a career-best 25 kills to lead UNH to a 3-2 win over Central Connecticut State Saturday.
  • Jackie Tamburri racked up 44 assists and 19 digs in Hartford's 3-2 win over Holy Cross Saturday.

Weekly Awards
Sept. 2 - Player of the Week: Sherrele Walker, UMBC; Setter of the Week: Taylor Dunklau, New Hampshire; Rookie of the Week: Abbie Mirabella, UMBC