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CAA Volleyball Weekly Report - September 17

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          Release: 09/17/2012
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CAA Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Week:

Kelly Bacon, Jr., OH, Northeastern

Bacon recorded her third and fourth double-double of the season, posting a career-best 21 kills alongside 15 digs in the 3-1 win over Boston College. Bacon hit for .357 on 42 attempts against the Eagles. After an eight kill, six dig performance against Harvard, Bacon's second double-double came in the form of 12 kills and 10 digs in the tournament-winning performance against UConn.

CAA Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Week:

Aubrey Kirven, Sr., S, Towson

Kirven was named the MVP of the Hilton University 49er Invitational after averaging 14.10 assists per set, which was above her season and CAA leading average she entered the week (11.78 per set). Kirven recorded 43 assists and seven digs in the win over UNC Asheville. She followed that up with 46 assists, four digs and two kills in the win over Kennesaw State. Kirven wrapped up the weekend with her fourth "double-double" of the season. She posted 52 assists and 13 digs against the 49ers.

CAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week:

Katie Daorai, Sr., L, James Madison

Daorai helped lead James Madison to a 3-1 record last week with her play at the libero position. Daorai helped the Dukes limit their opponents to a .150 attack percentage for the week, collecting 64 digs in just 11 sets played as she was named to the USF Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament team. She averaged 5.82 digs per set, including tying her career-high with 31 digs in a four-set win against FIU.

CAA Volleyball Rookie of the Week:

Dessi Koleva, Fr., MB, William & Mary

Koleva was named MVP of the Colonial Challenge after averaging 2.89 kills and capping her weekend with 14 kills on a .500 attack against Hampton. She led W&M and ranked fourth in the tournament with a .321 attack over the Tribe's three wins. In addition to her outstanding effort against Hampton, Koleva also had seven kills (hitting .312) in two sets against Howard.

Conference Notes

Hofsra's Nikki Kinnier and Kelsie Wills earned all-tournament honors at the Columbia Invitational. It is the third all-tournament accolade of the season for Wills and the second for Kinnier.

Hofstra played three straight five set matches over the weekend.  It marked the first time since September 27-October 4, 2008 that the Pride have had three straight matches go five sets.

George Mason's Lana Zonjic was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Penn Invitational.

Georgia State's Sydney Hunsley was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Georgia Tech Classic.

UNCW sophomore McKenzie Keightley was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Spartan Spiketacular. Keightley averaged 2.17 kills and turned in a .382 hitting percentage.

William & Mary has already matched last season's win total just halfway through the regular season.

CAA conference play begins Friday night (Sept. 21) with all nine teams in action over the weekend.

Towson stretched their current win streak to four matches as they went 3-0 and captured the Hilton University 49er Invitational this weekend. It was the third tournament title won by the Tigers this season. Senior Aubrey Kirven was named the tournament MVP after averaging 14.10 assists per set. Katy Buck and I'ishah Keliikoa were also named to the all-tournament team.

Northeastern continues to roll through the first half and closed out the non-conference portion of the schedule by sweeping the New England Classic tournament last weekend with triumphs over Boston College (3-1), Harvard (3-0), and Connecticut (3-0). Junior hitter Kelly Bacon registered a double-double in two of three contests this past weekend and attained a career-best 21 kills against Boston College on Friday night.

William & Mary defended their home court and captured the Colonial Challenge this past weekend. The Tribe picked up victories over Elon (3-1), Howard (3-0), and Hampton (3-0).