KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 2, 2018) - The Skyline Conference announced its weekly honors for women's volleyball on Monday and USMMA junior Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) and freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) swept the accolades, with Kappas earning Player of the Week honors and Gilbertson being named Rookie of the Week. The recognitions come after their performances in the Mariners' four victories this past week.
In her first week of the season, Kappas picked up right where she left off last season, dishing out 11.1 digs per set (134 total) in the Mariners' four victories. She also averaged 2.17 digs per set and had six aces and two blocks. She had a double-double (37a-10d) in USMMA's road Skyline win at St. Joseph's-L.I. on Tuesday and recorded 44 assists in three sets in the road conference victory at Mount St. Vincent on Thursday.
Gilbertson, the conference leader in kills and points per set, had a remarkable 5.25 kills per set over the four matches last week, including two with 20-or-more - with a career-high 21 in a home non-conference win over Brooklyn on Saturday. Gilbertson recorded three-straight double-doubles on the week (20k-16d Tuesday @ SJC-LI, 16k-15d Thursday @ MSMC and 21k-12d Saturday vs. Brooklyn).
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
Gilbertson still ranks high among all Division III players, as her 4.41 kills per set are good for sixth in the nation and her 5.08 points per set rank seventh. As a team, the Mariners rank 31st in opponent hitting percentage, holding the opposition to a .106 clip. For the Mariners' complete NCAA ranking summary, follow this link.
Among Skyline opponents, Gilbertson is the leader in kills per set and points per set and also ranks sixth with a .271 hitting percentage. She is one of five Mariners to rank in the top-10 in the Skyline in a statistical category – senior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) is second with 4.07 points per set and third with 3.41 kills per set, freshman Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) is the Skyline leader with 9.07 assists per set, junior libero Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) ranks second with 4.31 digs per set and freshman Cadee Fromm (Enid, Okla.) is third in two categories with a .282 hitting percentage and 0.89 blocks per set.
As a team, the Mariners are first in the Skyline with a .187 hitting percentage, 11.51 kills per set and 10.76 assists per set. Their 1.45 blocks per set rank second, while they're third in opponent hitting percentage (.106) and fourth in digs (13.71 per set). You can view the Skyline's complete statistical leaders at this link.
Merchant Marine returns to action tomorrow night – Wednesday, Oct. 3 – when they host Skyline opponent Mount St. Mary. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game with play-by-play by John Kelly Jr. will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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