CAA Volleyball Weekly Awards – September 19
RICHMOND, Virginia (September 19, 2022) –The Colonial Athletic Association announced its weekly volleyball honors following the conference’s first weekend of action. Lani Mason won CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row, while a pair of Hofstra student-athletes also received accolades. Chiara Cucco was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week and Izadora Stedile was named CAA Rookie of the Week.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lani Mason, Delaware
Senior | Outside hitter | Chester, Virginia / Matoaca
Mason led the way for Delaware en route to a 2-0 start in CAA play, hitting .310 with 6.75 kills per set and 2.25 digs per set. In the weekend finale, the senior outside hitter recorded a career-high 35 kills with 10 digs for her fourth double-double this season in a five-set victory to earn the series sweep over Northeastern. In Game 1 of the weekend, she had 19 kills with a .433 hit percentage, adding eight digs in a straight-set victory. His 35 kill performance is a new program record for Delaware and is a five-set high in the NCAA this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chiara Cucco, Hofstra
Second year | Libero | Buscate, Italy / Donato Bramante Scientific High School
Cucco put in a solid defensive effort, recording 6.13 digs per set to help Hofstra start the CAA game 2-0. In Saturday’s match, she had a season-high 27 digs, adding three service aces and two assists in a four-set win over Stony Brook. Cucco followed the performance with a match-high 22 digs while contributing eight assists as Pride earned a second victory in four sets against the Seawolves. The second-year Libero has topped 20 digs three times this fall and has recorded double-digit digs in nine straight games.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Izadora Stedile, Hofstra
Freshman | Outside hitter | Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil / Colégio Elite
In his first conference action, Stedile helped Hofstra go 2-0, tallying 3.75 kills per set and 3.63 digs per set over the weekend. She opened the weekend with a new season high of 17 kills while adding nine digs and three blocks in Saturday’s four-set victory over Stony Brook. On Sunday, the freshman outside hitter recorded her first double-double this season with a season-high 13 kills and 20 digs, adding five service aces to secure the series sweep against the Seawolves.
WINNERS OF THE 2022 CAA VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Week
August 29: Naiya Swatelle, North Carolina A&T
September 5: Nina Cajic, Towson
September 12: Lani Mason, Delaware
September 19: Lani Mason, Delaware
Defensive Player of the Week
August 29: Jordan Gower, Elon
September 5: Kayla Martin, northeast
September 12: Lydia Wiers, Towson
September 19: Chiara Cucco, Hofstra
rookie of the week
August 29: Kali Moore, Stony Stream
September 5: Sarah Callender, William and Mary
September 12: Ryann Love, William and Mary
September 19: Izadora Stedile, Hofstra
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