Oct. 8, 2012
2012 Volleyball Weekly Report
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has named VCU senior Kristin Boyd its volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, Temple senior Chelsea Tupuola Defensive Player of the Week and Duquesne freshman Mary Henry Rookie of the Week. The league announced the awards Monday for matches played Oct. 1-7.
Boyd played a key role in a pair of 3-0 wins for VCU, collecting 21 total kills in 42 attacks for a .429 hitting percentage. The outside hitter registered 11 kills and one error, hitting .556 in a three-set non-conference drubbing of Liberty. A Wilmington, N.C., native, Boyd followed that with 10 kills and just two errors, hitting .333 in a three-set win over Charlotte.
Tupuola led all players with 19 digs (6.33 digs/set) in helping Temple sweep La Salle in the Owls' only match of the week. A libero, Tupuola served up a match-high three aces and also notched an assist in the win. The 6.33 digs per set average would rank fourth nationally if it were a season-long statistic. The Torrance, Calif., native ranks in the top 25 nationally and leads the A-10 with 5.4 digs per set.
Henry, who earned Rookie of the Week honors for the fifth time this season, helped Duquesne in a split week with 12 kills, a .417 hitting percentage and 8.89 assist per set. A Bloomfield Hills, Mich., native, Henry registered five kills (hitting .455), 29 assists and 11 digs for a double-double in a loss to George Washington. The setter followed that with 51 assists, seven kills (hitting .395) and eight digs in a five-set win over Big 12 opponent West Virginia. She also added two aces and five blocks for the Dukes last week.