Sept. 28, 2010
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –
Senior Amanda Cowdrey earned her first Atlantic 10 weekly honor on Tuesday.
After beginning the conference season with two wins over Saint Louis and Duquesne, the University of Dayton volleyball team picked up two Atlantic 10 Player of the Week awards on Tuesday, the Conference office announced. Senior Lindsay Fletemier was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and senior Amanda Cowdrey was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Fletemier led No. 20 Dayton to a 2-0 start in A-10 play with 2.75 kills per set on a .457 hitting percentage. Coming into the weekend as the nation’s blocks per set leader (1.78), Fletemier began the weekend with six blocks, 12 kills and no attacking errors for a .545 hitting percentage in five sets against 2009 regular season co-champions Saint Louis. She followed her stellar performance with 10 kills on a .375 hitting percentage with six blocks and 16 points in three sets against Duquesne.
It is the third Atlantic 10 weekly honor this season for Fletemier, who earned Offensive Player of the Week last week and Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 7. Fletemier was the A-10 co-Player of the Year and six-time Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week in 2009.
Cowdrey earns her first Atlantic 10 weekly award after leading Dayton in digs over the weekend, averaging 6.00 per set – totaling 48 in two matches – while tying her career-high with 27 digs in a five-set win over Saint Louis on Friday. The Brampton, Ontario native also added 12 kills and three blocks against the Billikens, helping the Flyers defeat SLU for the first time on the road since 2007. Cowdrey went on to record a three-set team season-high of 21 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Duquesne to mark the Flyers’ sixth straight win. Behind Cowdrey’s defensive efforts, Dayton limited Saint Louis and Duquesne to mere .166 and .055 hitting percentages, respectively.
Rhode Island’s Britta Baarstad was recognized as Conference’s Rookie of the Week.
Dayton returns home to the Frericks Center this weekend for the first time in over a month, hosting Rhode Island on Friday at 7 p.m., and Fordham on Saturday at 7 p.m.
|Flyer Volleyball Notes
-Head Coach Kelly Sheffield and wife Cathy gave birth to their first child early Tuesday morning -- daughter Alexa Grace.
-The Flyers (11-3, 2-0 A-10) were ranked No. 20 in the most recent AVCA Top-25, released on Monday. Dayton has been ranked for nine consecutive weeks in the top 25 and have spent four of those weeks at No. 20.
-Saturday marks the return of ‘Chalk Talk’ with Head Coach Kelly Sheffield at 5:15 p.m., in the Frericks Center PAC room 201-B. Admission is free and open to the public. Email Dayton Athletics to ensure your spot for an in-depth look at the game of volleyball and Flyers’ strategy for Saturday’s match.
-Also on Saturday, volleyball will host the second Free Kids Clinic of the season at noon in the Frericks Center. Admission is free. No pre-registration is required.
-Free University of Dayton Silly Bands will be given away at Friday’s match.