OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Ari Linden (Lena, Ill.), Junior, Plymouth State
Linden led the Panters to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 3.00 kills and 1.08 blocks per set while hitting .362 for the week. The junior middle blocker had 13 kills and six blocks in a 3-2 win over Emmanuel, posted 13 kills and six blocks in the team’s 3-1 LEC -opening win at UMass Dartmouth, and capped the week with another 13 kills while hitting .524 in a 3-1 win over Curry.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.), Senior, UMass Boston
Chianco averaged 5.50 digs per set to lead the Beacons defense in a 2-0 week. The senior totaled 23 digs in a 3-1 victory at Brandies before notching 21 digs in a 3-1 LEC victory at Rhode Island College.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK - Bailey Wilson (Moorpark, Calif.), Freshman, Keene State
The freshman setter averaged 10.25 assists, 2.75 digs and 0.88 service aces per set in a 3-0 week for the Owls. She totaled 37 assists, 11 digs and two aces in a 3-0 win over Trinity (Conn.), 23 assists, 11 digs and two aces in a 3-0 LEC victory at Eastern Connecticut, and handed out 22 assists with three aces in a 3-0 win over Salve Regina.