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CAA Volleyball Weekly Report - Oct. 15

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          Release: 10/15/2012
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CAA Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week:

Marta Machos, Sr., OPP, Towson

Machos had a big weekend to lead the Tigers to victories over George Mason and James Madison. She led the team with 32 kills, while averaging 3.56 per set over the weekend. Machos hit .258 with six digs and four blocks. On Friday at George Mason, Machos tied for the team lead in kills with 15. She added two digs and two blocks in the match to help lead the Tigers to the 3-1 victory. In Sunday's thrilling five-set win over James Madison, Machos matched her career-high with 17 kills while hitting .294. Six of Machos' kills came in the crucial fourth set win, which allowed the Tigers to tie the match at 2-2 and force a fifth set. She added four digs, two blocks and an assist in the contest.


CAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week:

Katie Daorai, Jr., L, James Madison

Daorai averaged 4.88 digs per set to help JMU split a pair of CAA matches over the weekend. Daorai had 16 digs in a three-set sweep over Delaware, making her just the 10th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career digs. She now sits in sixth-place in school history with 1,035 career digs as just a junior. Daorai followed up her performance against the Blue Hens with a match-high 23 digs in a five-set loss to Towson. Daorai leads the Dukes with 293 digs and 4.65 digs per set this season.


CAA Volleyball Rookie of the Week:

Katie Hillman, Fr., UTL, Delaware

Hillman led Delaware to a 1-1 record last weekend with a thrilling 3-2 win over George Mason Saturday night. Hillman posted a career and season-high 20 kills in the win over the Patriots and added nine digs. She led team with 30 kills (3.75 pg) for the week and a .296 hitting pct and has double-figure kills in four of the last five matches. Hillman ranks second on the team with 178 kills and 2.47 kills per set.


Conference Notes

UNCW junior libero Haley Collins moved into sole possession of sixth place on the school's all-time career digs list Saturday afternoon against Georgia State. Collins has amassed 1,069 career digs following 23 against the Panthers, and is just six digs shy of fifth place. 

Towson extended its win streak to 12 straight matches following road wins over George Mason and James Madison last weekend. The 12 straight victories is the longest win streak during Coach Bruce Atkinson's three year tenure at Towson and is the longest win streak in the CAA this season.

George Mason's Lana Zonjic set a new career high with 23 kills Friday night against Towson.

Georgia State's Jamiee Freeman recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 25 digs to lead GSU to its first conference win over UNCW Saturday afternoon.

Delaware's Alissa Alker moved into ninth all-time on the UD career blocks list with 356.

Northeastern posted its 10th 3-0 sweep of the season Saturday night against Hofstra.

William & Mary's Shaylin O'Connell's four blocks Sunday at Georgia State marked her 10th match this season where she averaged at least one block per set. 

Towson junior Katy Buck recorded her 1,000th career kill Sunday afternoon in the Tigers' 3-2 victory over James Madison. Buck is the 13th player in program history to reach the mark.   

James Madison junior libero Katie Daorai became the third Duke this season to reach the 1,000 career digs Friday night in the Dukes' 3-0 sweep of Delaware. Daorai ranks sixth in school history with 1,035 total digs.