NEW HAVEN, Conn. (October 1, 2012) - Dominican College senior Courtney Heard (Ventura, Calif.) has been tabbed as the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Volleyball Player of the Week, for the period ending September 30. Dominican also garnered the CACC Volleyball Rookie of Week award, as freshman Tori Dexter (Selah, Washington) was honored.
CACC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
COURTNEY HEARD, DOMINICAN (Sr., OH, 5-9, Ventura, Calif.) - Hit .342 (3-9-79) over three matches last week. Tallied a total of 36 kills, 11 digs and even blocks while leading the first-place Chargers to three straight CACC victories for the week. Posted 12 kills and a .647 hitting percentage in win over Felician (9/28). Followed with 15 kills in win over Philadelphia (9/29).
CACC VOLLEYBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
TORI DEXTER, DOMINICAN (Fr., OH, 5-8, Selah, Wash.) - Posted two double-doubles while helping guide Chargers to a 3-0 week. Registered 13 kills and 10 digs at Philadelphia (9/29) and 13 in victory over Post (9/25). Hit .226 (31-10-93) over the week while adding 32 digs and four blocks.
CACC VOLLEYBALL HONORABLE MENTION
Sarah Ambach, Holy Family (Jr., MB, 6-2, Springboro, Ohio)
Hit .452 (34-6-62) over three matches last week, leading Tigers to a pair of wins.
Katie Shorter, Wilmington (Jr., MH, 6-2, Pasadena, Md.)
Posted 17 blocks and a .386 (21-4-44) hitting percentage while leading Wildcats to a perfect 3-0 week.
Chelsea Zurcher, Concordia (Sr., MB, 6-2, Crofton, Md.)
Hit . 356 for the week while hitting .350 or better in all three matches last week. Currently leads Clippers in hitting percentage and blocks.
CACC VOLLEYBALL TEAM NOTES
BLOOMFIELD - Junior Dominic Spivey (Newark, N.J.) led the Lady Deacons in kills in two of the club's tthree matches this week, totaling six in a setback against CACC North Division rival Concordia College and eight kills against South Division opponent Wilmington University Saturday afternoon. Senior Allison Hart (Pagosa Springs, Co.) continued her solid all-around senior campaign by totaling a game-high 13 digs in the loss to Wilmington Saturday afternoon.
CALDWELL - The Cougars went 2-1 in conference matches last week, losing at Nyack on Tuesday before beating Concordia on Friday and Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Freshman outside hitter Rachael DiLeonardo led Caldwell with eight kills against Nyack and 11 vs. Chestnut Hill, while seniors Amber Mosher and Susan McDonough had eight kills apiece against Concordia. Caldwell plays at Post on Wednesday and hosts Philadelphia on Saturday as a part of Caldwell's Homecoming celebration.
CHESTNUT HILL - A rough 0-3 week for the Griffins included losses to Philadelphia University, 3-0, the University of the Sciences, 3-2, and Caldwell College, 3-1. The Griffins were led by Alexandra DePalma (Shillington, Pa.) and Rachel Biro (Nazareth, Pa.), Biro provided 2.96 points/set with 27 kills and 12 blocks.
CONCORDIA - Concordia picked up a 3-0 win over Bloomfield on Tuesday evening as the team recorded their highest hitting percentage of the season (.267). The Clippers fell in their two other matches against Caldwell and Georgian Court as the team is now 2-4 in CACC play. Concordia will play in three matches this week with road contests against Nyack and Wilmington (Del.) and a home contest against Post.
DOMINICAN - DC went 3-0 this week to extend their winning streak to five straight matches and improve to 11-7 overall and 7-0 in conference play. The Lady Chargers defeated Post University, 3-1, Felician College, 3-0 and Philadelphia University, 3-2. Freshman Tori Dexter posted two double-doubles for the week, while Courtney Heard had a .342 attack percentage.
FELICIAN - With 808 career kills, senior OH Jenna Matesic is five away from tying Amber Doran '11 for the all-time school record. Felician's next two matches are on the road, Oct. 3 at Bloomfield and Oct. 5 at Nyack.
GEORGIAN COURT - The Lions finally return home (after a five-match road trip) and host University of the Sciences Wednesday evening at 7pm. GCU then again packs their bags for away contests at Philadelphia University (Thursday) and Nyack College (Saturday).
GOLDEY-BEACOM - The Lightning dropped a pair of CACC matches last week, extending their losing streak to seven straight matches. After suffering a four-set decision against Holy Family on Friday night, the Lightning lost to Nyack in three sets on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore outside hitter Kadi McCoy led the Lightning with 21 kills and 15 digs last week, including a 15-kill performance against Nyack. Meanwhile, senior setter/opposite Monica Dempsey posted a "double double" against Nyack with 15 assists and 13 digs. The Lightning will host Philadelphia University on Wednesday before facing USciences on Friday night.
PHILADELPHIA - The Lady Rams (8-5, 4-2 CACC) capped off a busy week with a 1-2 record against CACC competition. Philadelphia defeated Chestnut Hill (Sept. 25) 3-0 and suffered a 3-0 loss to Wilmington (Sept. 28) and a 3-2 setback to Dominican (Sept. 29). Brittany Olson led the Lady Rams with 28 kills and 40 digs. Chelsea Hughes had 22 kills, a .260 hitting percentage, and 13 block assists. The Lady Rams head to Goldey-Beacom on Oct. 3 and Caldwell on Oct. 6.
USCIENCES - Sophomore Kaileen Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded her 1000th career assist on Friday against Chestnut Hill College, becoming the fourth player in school history to reach that plateau...Bevenour is also the third fastest to reach 1,000 career assists, achieving the goal in 153 sets played..Amanda DeAngelo (Vestal, N.Y.) moved into 11th place on the Devils all-time kills list with 37 this week to give her 443 for her career..The Devils have doubled their win total from 2011 after going 2-2 this past week to even their record at 8-8 on the season...Seven of the Devils eight wins have come in either four or five set matches and Sciences is 7-5 in such contests...Three CACC matches are on the docket for the Devils this week as they take on Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College and Felician College.
WILMINGTON - Wilmington extended its winning streak to five straight matches by not dropping a set last week, going 3-0 overall. The Wildcats did not allow an opponent to score 20 points in any of the three matches, holding Bloomfield to a week’s low seven points in the first set on Saturday. The team hit .222 for the week while holding USciences, Philadelphia and Bloomfield to a combined .028 attack percentage. Katie Shorter added 17 more blocks to her CACC lead, averaging 1.89 for the week. She collected seven solo blocks and 10 block assists and now holds Wilmington’s career records in all blocking categories as a junior. Nicole Wiechecki jumped up to third in the CACC in aces per set by picking up eight in eight sets last week. Shorter is now third in the CACC with a .314 hitting percentage and leads in blocks with 1.37 per game. The Wildcats head to Holy Family on Friday before welcoming Concordia on Saturday. Wilmington defeated Holy Family, 3-1, earlier this year.