Volleyball Sweeps Weekly Conference Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire volleyball team swept the weekly America East awards, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. Junior Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) won her fourth Player of the Week award, while sophomore Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) and freshman Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) were named the Setter and Rookie of the Week, respectively.
Thatcher earned her fourth Player of the Week honor after leading New Hampshire to a 3-0 sweep at Providence in the team's lone match of the week, racking up a match-high 15 kills and an impressive .387 hitting clip. She led the conference in kills per set (5.00) and was fourth in hitting percentage. She also added seven digs and three blocks. Thatcher leads the Wildcats in both kills (331) and kills per set (3.60), posting double-digit kills in each of the last 10 matches and all but three matches this season.
Dunklau stepped in for the injured Jansan Falcusan and quarterbacked the Wildcats to a conference-best .314 team hitting percentage. She also ranked second in the conference with a 12.67 assist per set average. The four-time America East Setter of the Week led all players with 38 assists and has now posted at least 30 assists in 12 matches this season.
Forrest posted 10 kills with a .292 hitting percentage to pair with 12 digs for her third-straight double-double of the season. She ranks second on the team in both kills (232) and kills per set (2.67), ranking eighth in the conference in that category. Forrest has racked up double-digit kills in seven-straight matches, including every conference match.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Oct. 26 when they host Binghamton in the annual Dig Pink match at 7 p.m.