Cincinnati, Syracuse Split Week Three Volleyball Awards

Week 3 Volleyball Release PDF

, R.I. - Cincinnati earned its second straight BIG EAST volleyball Player of the Week award, as senior Stephanie Niemer earned her third such career honor, the conference office announced on Monday. Niemer joins teammate Missy Harpenau, who was named Player of the Week last week. Syracuse freshman Lindsay McCabe was named Freshman of the Week.

Niemer earns BIG EAST Player of the Week honors after helping the Bearcats to a 2-2 record last week, including a 3-2 victory over No. 16 Kentucky on Sept. 7. The win was the first victory for a BIG EAST team over a ranked opponent this season. Niemer had 18 kills and 11 digs against the Wildcats. The senior was named to the Charleston Riverview Classic all-tournament team, notching a 25-kill performance along with a conference-best 30-kill outing in a 3-1 win over Auburn on Sept. 11. The Erlanger, Ky. native had double-doubles in all four matches last week and led the conference with a 5.35 kills-per-set average. She also had a 3.29 digs per set and a 1.03 blocks per set average.

McCabe earns BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 2.67 kills per set as she helped the Orange to a 5-0 record last week. The freshman was named to the Rose Hill Classic all-tournament team, her second all-tournament selection this year. McCabe ranked sixth overall in the conference and tops among freshman last week with a .478 hitting percentage over the team's five matches. The Georgetown, Ontario native had 10-plus kill performances against both Stony Brook and Rider as the Orange won the Rose Hill Classic tournament title. It marks the first time that Syracuse has ever won three tournament titles in one season, while the 12-0 record is the best start to a season in program history.

BIG EAST teams went a combined 31-19 last week, good for a .620 winning percentage and the best one-week conference record of the year, as Georgetown, Louisville, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Villanova all posted undefeated records.

Weekly Honor Roll:

Noemie Lefebvre, Syracuse, Jr., OH

Named Rose Hill Classic tournament MVP, averaging 3.64 kills and 2.43 digs per set to help the Orange to 5-0 record.
Maggie Mergen, Villanova, Jr., MB
MVP of the Islanders Classic tournament, averaging 3.33 kills per set to go along with a .430 hitting percentage to help the Wildcats to a 4-0 record.
Caitlin Saxton, Rutgers, Sr., OH
Recorded four double-doubles in all four of the Scarlet Knights' matches, averaging 4.12 kills and 2.88 digs per set. Named to Rutgers Invite all-tournament team.
Kellie Sciacca, Notre Dame, Sr., MB
Led the conference with a .582 hitting percentage for the week, while being named to Pioneer Classic all-tournament team.
Lindsay Wise, Georgetown, So., MB
Had three double-digit kill performances while being named to Blackbird Invite all-tournament team.