Nov. 5, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has named Dayton senior Samantha Selsky and Duquesne sophomore Arielle Love its Co-Offensive Players of the Week, and senior Candace Silva-Martin of George Washington its Defensive Player of the Week. Duquesne freshman Mary Henry was also named Rookie of the Week. The A-10 announced the awards Monday for matches played Oct. 30 - Nov. 4.
Selsky led the Flyers with an 11.67 assist per set average and a .545 hitting percentage in Dayton's three victories last week. The setter totaled 36 assists and a .444 mark against non-conference foe Cincinnati on Wednesday, then followed that up with a 28-assist performance against Charlotte and a 41-assist performance against VCU over the weekend. Selsky also hit a season-high .857 percentage against the 49ers as well. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., her seven block assists were also second on the team over the three-game stretch as well, while chipping in 11 digs.
A middle hitter from Maple Heights, Ohio, Love recorded a .511 hitting percentage and compiled 3.86 kills per set in wins over Rhode Island and Fordham to help Duquesne to two crucial A-10 wins. She tallied 15 kills with just one error for a .609 hitting percentage versus Rhode Island, followed by a 12-kill performance while hitting .416 versus Fordham. She also had 11 blocks, averaging 1.57 per set in the two matches.
Silva-Martin became the Atlantic 10's career digs leader last weekend after totaling 54 digs across two matches. The libero, who entered the weekend needing 30 digs to pass La Salle's Carolyn Judge (2006), totaled 18 in Friday's 3-0 sweep of Fordham. On Sunday, the Freemont, Calif., native played one of the best matches of her career, totaling a career-high 36 digs to pass Judge and bring her career total to 2,105. For the week she averaged 6.75 digs per set in addition to six assists (0.75/set) and four service aces (0.50/set).
Henry averaged 11.71 assists in Duquesne's wins over Rhode Island and Fordham. She did not commit an attack error in the seven sets to post a .727 hitting percentage. The setter from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., collected 38 assists, six kills and seven digs against Rhody. She followed that with a 44-assist, 13-dig, double-double versus Fordham. She also tallied two kills and three blocks in that match.