NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—George Washington junior Kelsey Newman was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week while freshman teammate Emily Clemens earned Rookie of the Week honors. The awards, which also included Dayton senior Megan Campbell claiming Defensive Player of the Week, were announced Monday and were for matches played Oct. 28 – Nov. 3.
Newman hit .309 with 37 kills and 24 digs during GW’s 2-0 weekend. In Friday’s win over Dayton, GW’s first over the Flyers since 2002, Newman led all players with 21 kills and added 17 digs for her 10th career double-double. An outside hitter from Charlotte, N.C., she hit .395 on the night with just six attack errors. Her hot hitting continued into Saturday night as she led four Colonials in double-digit kills with a team-high 16. She added seven digs and a block assist as the Colonials won their third straight match. For the week she averaged 4.62 kills and 3.00 digs per set.
Campbell averaged a team-best 1.86 blocks/set, which would lead the nation if it was a season-long stat. She recorded eight blocks to go with nine kills, two digs and a service ace in a loss at George Washington on Friday in the Flyers’ 3-1 loss. On Saturday, Campbell, a middle blocker, tallied five blocks to go with a team-high-tying 10 kills, three digs and two service aces in UD’s straight-set sweep of George Mason. The Versailles, Ohio, native served up three aces in 30 attempts to two errors for a .933 serving percentage.
Clemens, a setter from Lindenhurst, N.Y. averaged 12.12 assists and 3.25 digs per set and posted a pair of double-doubles to lead GW to a perfect 2-0 weekend. In Friday’s win over Dayton, Clemens posted a season-high 52 assists and registered 14 digs and three kills as the Colonials defeated the Flyers for the first time since 2002. In Saturday’s win over Duquesne, she posted another double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs while adding three kills and two block assists.