Notebook: Tritons Top CCAA Foes
ENJOYING THE TOP: Top-ranked Truman State continued its stellar play as the Bulldogs downed Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association competition last week.
The Bulldogs have compiled a 16-1 this season with eight victories over nationally-ranked opponents. Truman owns a No. 1 ranking (CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association poll) for the first time in school history.
Kelsey Wackerman is playing a dual role as a setter and a hitter, and has posted eight triple-doubles in the process. With 12 kills, 32 assists and 11 digs against Missouri Western, Wackerman recorded her fifth straight triple-double. The streak came to an end against Northwest Missouri as she posted 11 kills, 16 assists, and nine digs, falling short by just one dig.
TOP 10: UC San Diego's Nicole Courtney averaged 4.63 kills and 2.63 digs per game as she led the Tritons to a pair of road wins against California Collegiate Athletic Association foes Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus on Sept. 23 and 24.
Courtney, a junior from Spring Valley, Calif., tallied a match-high 20 kills while contributing 13 digs and three aces against the Wildcats for her sixth double-double of the season as she earned Molten CCAA Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors.
The Tritons have won four straight matches since losing to second-ranked Cal State Bernardino on Sept. 10, and are currently ranked No. 10 in the CSTV/AVCA poll.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: The reigning players of the week from the North Central and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conferences will go head-to-head this week in a match featuring No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth and No. 6 Concordia-St. Paul on Sept. 27.
UMD's Rachel Langseth helped the Bulldogs improve their winning streak to 12 games as they defeated Augustana and Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend to earn NCC Player of the Week honors. Langseth won her first weekly award by averaging 3.89 kills and 1.11 blocks per game. She recorded a .400 hitting percentage and 24 kills against the Vikings.
Jessica Lucia of Concordia-St. Paul garnered NSIC Offensive Player of the week for the third time this year after leading the Golden Bears to a trio of sweeps last week. The junior from Plymouth, Minn., posted 6.0 kills per game and a .405 hitting percentage while contributing 28 digs. The Golden Bears have won seven straight matches.
NOTABLE: Sophomore libero Daryl Baby earned Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for leading the Moccasins in digs against Rollins and Florida Tech. Baby averaged 6.5 digs per game as FSC won its fourth straight match ¦ Setter Andi Moran shined last week as she led Washburn University to three MIAA sweeps. The freshman averaged 12.78 assists, 3.67 digs and 2.72 points per game as she was named the league's Specialist of the Week. The Lady Blues moved up to No. 9 in the national rankings with the three victories ¦ No. 24 Lock Haven won its sixth straight match as the Lady Eagles went 3-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Crossovers. Junior Li YiZhi from Shanghai, China, recorded 33 kills and a .422 hitting percentage in the competition. YiZhi leads the squad with 3.89 kills per game and a .389 hitting percentage.