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Kappas Selected As ECAC DIII Metro Volleyball Rookie Of The Week

Kappas Selected As ECAC DIII Metro Volleyball Rookie Of The Week

KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 28, 2016) – On Wednesday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference selected USMMA freshman setter Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) as its Division III Metro Volleyball Rookie of the Week for her performances in the Mariners' three matches last week (Monday-Sunday, Sept. 19-25). This is the second straight week Kappas has earned a Rookie of the Week accolade, as she was named the Skyline's ROW back on Sept. 19.
 
Kappas recorded a team-high 72 assists and 18 service aces for the Mariners in three matches last week. She had 34 assists at Hunter on Tuesday night in a five-set loss. 12 of her aces came during Saturday's tri-match at Old Westbury where the Mariners swept the host Panthers in the first match before doing the same to Purchase College in the second match.
 
The rookie is currently the Skyline Conference leader in assists with 8.00 assists per set and ranks fifth in the league with 0.72 service aces per set. Kappas' 0.72 aces per set is also 34th among all Division III volleyball players. Junior Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, Md.), senior Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) also rank in the top 10 in the Skyline. Pope is third in the conference with 2.76 kills per set, Marionakis is tied for seventh with 3.41 digs per set and Lefler's .196 hitting percentage ranks 10th in the Skyline.
 
As a team, the Mariners currently rank first in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.047) and their .053 mark through matches played on Sept. 25 ranked third in the nation. The squad is also second in the conference with 9.59 kills per set, third with a .123 hitting percentage and 8.76 assists per set, fourth with 3.14 aces per set and fifth with 0.97 blocks per set. Through Sept. 25, the Mariners' 3.21 aces per set were good for ninth in the country.
 
For the complete release from the ECAC, click here. For the statistical breakdown of the Skyline Conference, including category leaders, follow this link. You can find the weekly NCAA Statistical Ranking – through matches played on Sept. 25 – at this link (under the "Ranking Summary" tab search for "Merchant Marine" when asked to "Select Team").
 
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