KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2018) – On Monday, the Skyline Conference announced its weekly honors for women's volleyball and a pair of USMMA student-athletes swept the awards, as junior Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) took Player of the Week honors and freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) was named Rookie of the Week. The accolades come after the pair's performances in the Mariners' 3-0 week last week with straight-set wins over Yeshiva on Thursday, and SUNY Maritime and Farmingdale State on Sunday.
This is the second time this season that Kappas has garnered Player of the Week praise, as she also earned it back on Oct. 1. Kappas averaged an incredible 11.43 assists over seven sets (80 total). She also added 12 digs on Saturday (five against the Privateers and seven against the Rams), finishing the week with 1.71 digs per set. The junior also put down four blocks against SUNY Maritime.
Gilbertson earned Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season, all in the last five weeks (Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 15). Over the three matches, she averaged 6.43 points per set and 5.00 kills per set on a .471 hitting percentage (35k-11e-51a), and had six service aces in the victory over the Maccabees on Thursday.
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
Gilbertson still ranks first in the Skyline with 4.37 kills per set and 5.24 points per set, while her .297 hitting percentage is good for third in the league and her 0.74 aces per set rank fifth. Kappas has not yet met the minimum sets played to be listed in the conference leaders, but if she did meet the minimum, she would be the Skyline leader with 11.00 assists per set.
Five other Mariners also rank among the Skyline leaders. They are listed below.
- Freshman Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) is the conference leader (with the minimum met) with 9.26 assist per set.
- Senior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) ranks second in the league with 3.94 kills per set and 4.60 points per set, while her .226 hitting percentage is good for ninth.
- Freshman Cadee From (Enid, Okla.) is third in the Skyline with 0.72 blocks per set and sixth with a .255 hitting percentage.
- Junior Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) ranks third in the conference with 4.20 digs per set.
- And freshman Juliet Vendl (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is 10th in the league with a .222 hitting percentage.
For the Skyline's complete statistical leaders, follow this link.
Gilbertson ranks very high among national leaders as well, as she is fifth in the country in points per set and eighth in kills per set. The rookie also ranks 22nd in the nation in aces per set. Lefler comes in at 25th among DIII players in points per set.
As a team, the Mariners rank second in the country in keeping opponents to a .057 hitting percentage and are 11th with 3.14 aces per set.
You can view Merchant Marine's complete NCAA Statistical Ranking at this link.
The Mariners conclude the regular season this Saturday, Oct. 27, with a Skyline Conference tri-match hosted by SUNY Purchase. USMMA will face the Old Westbury Panthers in a neutral-site match beginning at 1 p.m. before closing out the regular season with a match against the host Purchase Panthers at 3 p.m. Live stats of both matches will be available at this link.
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