CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore outside hitter Tori Forrest (Powder Springs, Ga.) and junior setter Taylor Dunklau (Mukwonago, Wis.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team have been selected America East Player of the Week and Setter of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.
This marks the third time the tandem has garnered weekly awards this season.
Forrest paced the Wildcats on both sides of the ball by posting 28 kills (4.67 kills per set) and 26 digs (4.33 digs per set) in a pair of three set conference wins. Against the University of Hartford, Forrest led the 'Cats offensively with 16 kills and constructed a .367 hitting percentage. Furthermore, she scooped eight digs to curb Hartford's attack to a .190 clip. In the match against Providence College, Forrest tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 12 kills and a game-high 18 digs. Currently, Forrest leads the team in kills (271) and ranks second in digs (238).
Dunklau orchestrated the Wildcats to a .276 hitting percentage by dishing out 79 assists (13.1 assists per set) in an undefeated week. The setter quarterbacked the offense to its second highest hitting percentage of the season (.324) and accumulated 40 assists in a three set sweep over the Hawks. In the following match against the Friars, the setter registered 39 assists and seven digs to power UNH to a 3-0 win. Currently, Dunklau ranks fourth in America East by compiling 9.50 aps. In addition, she has quarterbacked UNH to a league best .201 hitting percentage.
The first place Wildcats (14-12 overall, 8-2 America East) close their regular season with four games at Lundholm Gymnasium. New Hampshire hosts a pair of second place teams this weekend against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Stony Brook University. UNH welcomes the Retrievers on Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 p.m. The Seawolves will clash against the 'Cats on Sunday, Nov. 10, beginning at 1 p.m. For more information about UNH volleyball, be sure to visit www.unhwildcats.com.