DANBURY, Conn. - The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) again recognized two Little East volleyball players for their efforts on the court this week, with Jessica Williamson of Southern Maine earning her third-straight Division III New England Rookie of the Week nod and UMass Dartmouth's Brianna Perry securing her first regional accolade this season as Division III New England Libero of the Week.
In three non-conference matches last week (Sept. 8-14), the 5-foot-7 outside hitter had 43 kills (4.30 per set) and hit for a .295 percentage (43-15-95). Williamson also added 25 digs and had four service aces. Williamson was also named the LEC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.
Williamson helped the Huskies equal the school record for consecutive wins (8 set in 1970 and 1976) with their 3-0 win (25-15, 25-17, 25-3) over Husson University by hitting for 14 kills with a .545 hitting percentage and digging up 15 balls. She also had three service aces. Williamson recorded double figures for kills in the Huskies two weekend matches against Framingham State University and Newbury College extending her streak of matches with 10 or more kills to 10.
On the season, Williamson has recorded 149 kills (4.66 per set) with a .361 hitting percentage (149-41-299), and leads the team with 90 digs. She leads the LEC in hitting percentage and kills per set, and is 10th in digs.
Perry led the Corsairs and the conference last week defensively, averaging 8.46 digs per set in a 2-2 week for UMD. The junior recorded 110 digs, including 42 in Sept. 10's win over Eastern Nazarene. Currently, she leads all of Division III in digs per set, averaging 7.72 on the year and is tied for 14th nationally with 247 total digs.
As a unit, UMass Darmouth sits second in the country with its 21.34 digs per set average and fourth with 40.72 team attacks per set. The Corsairs look to improve upon their 4-5 record against Bridgewater State tonight, and will open conference play along with the rest of the Little East programs this Saturday as they travel to Western Connecticut.