FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Christopher Newport junior Josie Lucernoni and Southern Virginia senior Penny Gwynn were named the CAC Volleyball Co-Players of the Week for Oct. 2, 2017.
Co-Player of the Week
Josie Lucernoni | Christopher Newport | Jr. | DS
Ashburn, Va. | Briar Woods
Christopher Newport junior Josie Lucernoni was named the CAC Co-Player of the Week after averaging 6.11 digs per set in leading the Captains to three straight sweeps while anchoring the back-row defense. She converted 29 of her 31 reception attempts for the week. On Tuesday, she posted 18 digs against Virginia Wesleyan, which equaled the most by a Captain in a three-set match since 2014. Four days later, she topped that effort after pocketing 22 digs in a 3-0 win over Marymount. That marked the highest total by a Captain in a three-set contest since four-time All-American Abby Hogge had 25 against UMass Boston on October 13, 2012. In between her historic efforts, she also secured 15 digs against St. Mary's (Md.) in the CAC opener on Friday. Along with her work on the defensive end, Lucernoni added at least one ace in all three of her appearances, including a pair against the Seahawks. She also dished out four assists against Virginia Wesleyan. Guided by Lucernoni's work on the back row, the Captains held the opposition to a combined .048 hitting percentage during the week.
Co-Player of the Week
Penny Gwynn | Southern Virginia | Sr. | OH
Hamilton, Mont. | North Idaho College
Southern Virginia senior Penny Gwynn was tabbed as the CAC Co-Player of the Week after averaging 5.27 kills and 6.5 points per set while leading the Knights to a 3-0 week. Gwynn opened the week with 18 kills, three service aces and four digs in a 3-0 sweep over Roanoke. She followed that up with 15 kills, three service aces and four digs in a 3-1 CAC-opening win against Salisbury. Gwynn then closed out the week with career-highs of 25 kills and five service aces along with nine digs and three blocks in a 3-1 triumph against Wesley.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL (10/2)
FROSTBURG STATE: Zoe Harris, Sr., MH, Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro
MARY WASHINGTON: Leslie Walters, Jr., MH, Palmyra, Va./Fluvanna County
MARYMOUNT: Myah Cordrey, Fr., MH, Gilbertsville, Pa./Pope John Paul II,
PENN STATE HARRISBURG: Casey Stump, Sr., S, Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin
SALISBURY: Nicole Venturelli, Jr., OH, Eldersburg, Md./Liberty
ST. MARY'S: Meghan Kelley, Jr., OH, Ellicott City, Md./Centennial
WESLEY: Lindsay Burg, So., S, Wilmington, Del./
YORK: Madyson Whitcomb, So., MH, East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs
NOTES AROUND THE CONFERENCE
Christopher Newport is No. 22 in the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Sept. 26 National Rankings, while Mary Washington is receiving votes ... Frostburg State's Zoe Harris hit .224 with 23 kills, 22 digs and two blocks as the Bobcats opened CAC action at 1-1 ... Mary Washington junior Leslie Walters hit .421 on the week, averaging nine kills per match, as UMW opened the CAC slate with 3-0 wins over Marymount and St. Mary's. She had eight kills against two errors with four total blocks in a win over Marymount on Wednesday, and added 10 kills without an error with two blocks in a win over the Seahawks ... St. Mary's Meghan Kelley paced St. Mary's last week with 18 kills while adding five digs, three service aces, and three block assists ... Nicole Venturelli helped Salisbury to a 1-1 opening weekend in CAC play with a thrilling five-set victory over Frostburg State. Venturellis totaled a season-high 31 kills in the win over the Bobcats on another season-high 97 attacks. For the weekend she posted 50 kills, 13 digs, and a hitting percentage of .231 while averaging 5.56 kills per set ... Wesley sophomore Lindsay Burg tallied 60 assists and 23 digs on the week, including picking up a double-double against Frostburg State ... York's Madyson Whitcomb led the Spartans to a pair of 3-0 wins as York has won four straight and seven of their last eight. In Wednesday's non-conference win over Dickinson, Whitcomb had seven kills, a solo block, two block assists and one dig as she hit .429 for the match. In the win over Penn State Harrisburg, Whitcomb had six kills, three solo blocks and three block assists for 10.5 points for the Spartans. For the week, Whitcomb hit .400 with 13 kills in six sets. She also had four solo blocks and five block assists as she totaled 19.5 points for the week.
2017 CAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
|9/6||Caroline Hanson, MU|
|9/12||Tionne Graves-Brown, WES|
|9/18||Nicole Venturelli, SAL|
|9/25||Hannah Allred, SVU|
|10/2||Josie Lucernoni, CNU &
Penny Gwynn, SVU