NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Duquesne senior Abbie Trzeciak and VCU senior Alica Kandler were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week, while VCU junior Tori Baldwin earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. Davidson freshman Ellie Crosley was also selected as the league’s Rookie of the Week. All awards were for matches played Sept. 18-24.
Trzeciak led the Dukes hitting .429 for the weekend and averaging 3.38 kills per set in wins over conference foes George Mason and George Washington. The middle hitter from Cranberry, Pa., recorded 27 kills, nine blocks and eight digs over the two matches.
Kandler averaged 3.67 kills per set and had an attack percentage of .365 to help VCU extend its win streak to 12 matches on the season, the program’s longest since 1985. The outside hitter from Olfen, Germany, also averaged 1.67 digs and 0.67 blocks per set as the Rams swept both Fordham and Rhode Island this weekend.
Baldwin recorded 14.0 blocks and averaged 2.33 blocks per set for the Rams in wins over Fordham and Rhode Island. The middle blocker from Liberty, N.C., also had 11 kills and 18.0 points for the week.
Crosley had a strong debut in Atlantic 10 play, posting 14 total blocks across eight sets, averaging 1.75 blocks per set. The middle hitter from Austin, Texas, also added 14 kills in a split weekend for the Wildcats. Against Fordham on Friday, she tallied six kills without an attack error in a sweep of Fordham, and had an attack percentage of .857. Crosley recorded a career-best eight blocks in a thrilling five-set loss to Rhode Island Sunday.