NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Duquesne junior Arielle Love and Dayton senior Megan Campbell were named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Volleyball Player and Defensive Player of the Week respectively. Saint Louis freshman Mallory Dillon also was named the league’s Rookie of the Week. All three awards, the final weekly awards of the season, were announced Monday for matches played Nov. 12-17.
Love recorded 25 kills and hit .622 to lead Duquense to a pair of wins that clinched the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship. In a first-place showdown against VCU, the middle hitter from Maple Heights, Ohio, tallied 13 kills with a hitting percentage of .458. She followed that with a career-high .923 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 13 swings at La Salle. It was the Dukes’ best hitting performance since Sept. 12, 1997. Love has had 14 matches hitting over .300 this season and 11 matches hitting in double-figure kills.
The league’s leading blocker, Campbell averaged 1.57 blocks/set in two wins for the Flyers over the weekend. The middle blocker from Versailles, Ohio, had five blocks and nine kills while committing only one error in 14 attempts for a .571 percentage in Friday’s sweep over George Mason. In Sunday’s 3-1 win over George Washington on her senior day, Campbell recorded six blocks, including one solo, to go with 16 kills (16-1-32) while hitting .469 for the match. She scored 4.86 points per set, averaged 3.57 kills per set and tallied three service aces on the weekend.
Dillon dominated the net over the weekend, recording 41 kills in seven sets (5.86 per set). She also was efficient, with just 15 errors in 83 attacks for a .313 attack percentage. Against George Mason, Dillon recorded a match-high 20 kills and 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the season, third-best in the A-10 and fifth among all freshmen in the NCAA. In A-10 matches this season, Dillon tallies 3.86 kills per set, second-best in the conference.
Duquesne is the top seed for the A-10 Championship, which begins Friday at George Washington’s Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The winner of the six-team championship will receive the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tickets to the championship are available at the Smith Center box office. Every match of the 2013 Volleyball Championship will be streamed live for free on the Atlantic 10 Digital Network.