Oct. 22, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Rhode Island sophomore Catie Steffen Offensive Player of the Week, and sophomore Isolde Hannan of Dayton and senior Randi Ewing of Fordham Co-Defensive Players of the Week. VCU freshman Martina Samadan was also named Rookie of the Week. The A-10 announced the awards Monday for matches played Oct. 15-21.
Steffen kept Rhode Island in the playoff hunt by leading the Rams to a pair of A-10 wins over La Salle and Temple. Steffen set a career high with 28 kills against Temple Sunday. It was the fifth highest single-match total in school history. The outside hitter from Libertyville, Ill., also had 14 digs in the match, her team-leading eighth double-double of the season. The performance came on the heels of a 22-kill performance against La Salle on Friday, which had matched her previous career high. Steffen's 50 kills in the two matches accounted for 36 percent of Rhode Island's total kills (140) for the weekend. She hit .313 for the week, and also added five aces.
Hannan recorded 11 blocks in Dayton's two games last week, averaging 1.57 per set. The Flyers' leading blocker this season posted four blocks in a 3-0 sweep of Saint Louis Friday and seven blocks in a 3-1 win over Butler on Sunday. Hannan moved her total to 92 blocks on the year and chipped in on the offensive side of the ball as well.
Ewing became the fourth Fordham player to record 300 career blocks last weekend, posting 13 total blocks in two matches for a 1.30 average. The middle blocker from Demarest, N.J. helped Fordham to a split week. She seven blocks, including one solo, in a loss to Temple. Ewing followed that with six blocks and four digs against La Salle in a 3-2 win for the Rams.
Samadan earned the rookie award for the fourth time this season after leading VCU to a pair of 3-0 wins. A middle blocker from Split, Croatia, she averaged 3.0 kills, hit .378 and averaged 1.50 blocks per set in the wins. She had six kills and four blocks, hitting .385 against George Washington. Samadan, who also had two aces for the week, followed that with 12 kills and five blocks versus Duquesne, hitting .378.