NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Fordham sophomore Olivia Fairchild and VCU junior Tori Baldwin were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, while VCU sophomore Jasmin Sneed earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. La Salle freshman Samantha Graver was also selected as the league’s Rookie of the Week. All awards were for matches played Aug. 28 – Sept. 3.
Fairchild, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, recorded three straight double-doubles, a total of 42 kills and 32 digs, plus five blocks, while helping Fordham to a 2-1 record for the week. In a win at Manhattan in midweek, Fairchild recorded 11 kills and 10 digs, adding an ace and a block. In a loss to Cleveland State on Friday, Fairchild produced a game-high 16 kills at a .300 clip to go with 11 digs. The sophomore outside hitter from Phoenix, Ariz., pushed the Rams to a four-set win over Rider on Saturday with a game-high 15 kills at a very efficient .407 clip, adding a season-high three blocks.
Baldwin had an attack percentage of .456 and averaged 2.5 kills per set along with 1.57 blocks per set to lead VCU. The Rams went 3-1 for the week with wins over William & Mary, Toledo and SE Louisiana. The middle blocker from Liberty, N.C., had 35 kills and 22.0 blocks, and 47.5 points for the week.
Sneed recorded 22.0 blocks and averaged 1.69 blocks per set during a 3-1 weekend for the Rams. The middle blocker from San Antonio, Texas, recorded six blocks in each match against William & Mary, Notre Dame and Toledo. She also totaled 21 kills and 32.5 points for the weekend.
Graver led La Salle to a 4-0 weekend, including the tournament title at the Akron Invitational. The freshman from Allentown, Pa., tallied 64 kills over four matches, including a 22-kill performance against Akron. She also added two double-doubles, four aces and 37 digs for 70.5 points over the week. Graver was named tournament MVP at the Akron Invitational.