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CAA Volleyball Weekly Report - Nov. 12

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          Release: 11/12/2012
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CAA Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Week:

Katy Buck, Jr., OH, Towson

Buck had a big weekend to help the Tigers win the CAA regular-season championship with a perfect 12-0 record in CAA play. Buck posted a pair of "double-doubles" and averaged 4.88 kills per set and 2.88 digs per set. On Friday night against UNCW, she posted 16 kills and 13 digs for her ninth "double-double" of the year in the 3-1 victory. On Saturday against William & Mary, Buck had a huge night with a career-high 23 kills. She hit .375 in the contest while adding 10 digs for her 10th "double-double" of the year to lead the Tigers to their 18th win in a row.

 

CAA Volleyball Co-Offensive Player of the Week:

Kelsie Wills, So., OH, Hofstra

Wills led Hofstra to two crucial CAA victories last weekend to help the Pride earn the No. 4 seed in the CAA Championship.  The New Zealand native led Hofstra in kills in both matches, starting with 16 in the Pride's 3-0 sweep of George Mason Friday night. Wills picked up her team-best 13th double-double of the season in a 3-1 win over James Madison Saturday with 18 kills and 10 digs. She finished the week with a team-leading 34 kills (4.86 kpg), and a .250 hitting percentage.

 

CAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week:

Alysha McCreary, Sr., MB, Towson

McCreary had a huge weekend at the block to help the Tigers finish out the CAA regular season with a perfect 12-0 record. She averaged 1.57 blocks per set while adding 2.00 kills per set. McCreary posted four kills and four blocks in the win over UNCW on Friday night. She followed that up with 10 kills and seven blocks in the win over William & Mary on Saturday night.

 

CAA Volleyball Rookie of the Week:

Meghan Niski, Fr., OH, James Madison

Niski helped JMU clinch a berth in the CAA Championship after averaging 3.71 kills and 2.43 digs per set over the weekend. In JMU's 3-0 win over Northeastern on Friday night, Niski had a career-high 17 kills on .361 hitting, adding eight digs and a block. The rookie had nine kills, nine digs and two blocks in a four-set match against Hofstra Saturday night. Overall she hit .265 for the weekend and did not commit a receiving error in 29 attempts.

 

Conference Notes

Towson's Katy Buck tallied a career-high 23 kills in the Tigers' 3-1 win over William & Mary Saturday night.

Hofstra's Kelsie Wills earned her 13th double-double of the season with 18 kills and 10 digs in the Pride's 3-1 win over JMU Saturday night.

Delaware clinched its seventh straight winning season Saturday after its 3-0 victory over UNCW.

JMU freshman Meghan Niski recorded a career-high 17 kills in the Dukes' 3-0 win over Northeastern Friday night.

Following its 12-0 record in conference play, Towson has earned the CAA regular-season title along with the No. 1 seed in this weekend's CAA Championship. The Tigers are riding an 18-match winning streak and are one win shy of the school record. The CAA Championship will be hosted on the Tigers' home court inside the Towson Center Arena Nov. 16-18. Towson will face the winner of the Hofstra/William & Mary quarterfinal in Saturday's second semifinal at 7:00 p.m.

Delaware clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAA Championship after finishing conference play with a 9-3 record. The Blue Hens enter the championship as winners of seven of their last eight matches including two 3-0 sweeps of UNCW and William & Mary to close out the regular season. Delaware will face the winner of the Northeastern/James Madison quarterfinal in Saturday's opening semifinal match at 4:00 p.m.

Northeastern finished the CAA regular season with a 9-3 record and enters the CAA Championship as the No. 3 seed. The Huskies have won three of their last four matches including a 3-0 sweep of George Mason in their regular season finale Saturday night. Northeastern will face sixth-seeded James Madison in Friday's opening quarterfinal at 4:00 p.m. in a rematch from last Friday night which the Dukes won 3-0.

Hofstra will enter the CAA Championship as the No. 4 seed after finishing the season on a four-match winning streak. The Pride will take on fifth-seeded William & Mary in Friday's second semifinal at 7:00 p.m. The Tribe finished the season with a 5-7 record in CAA play and won the season series against Hofstra after a 3-2 victory on Sept. 28 in Hempstead.

Fans can watch all five games of this weekend's CAA Championship live at caasports.com. For additional information on the CAA Volleyball Championship please visit the Championship Page.

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