KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 7, 2019) – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy freshman outside hitter Paige Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.) was selected as the Skyline Women's Volleyball Player of the Week for the second-straight week and the third time this season, while senior setter Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) earned a spot on the weekly honor roll also for the second-straight week and third time this season.
The praise comes after the duo helped the Mariners to a 2-0 week with sweeps over Skyline opponents Mount St. Mary (at home on Tuesday) and Farmingdale State (on the road on Thursday).
Smith put down an incredible 39 total kills over the six sets (6.5 per set) in the two victories. In the win over the Rams on Thursday, the rookie set a new Academy record with 8.33 kills per set (career-best 25 total kills over three sets), as part of a double-double effort as she tied for the match-high with 11 digs. She hit at a .308 clip for the week.
Kappas dished out 69 total assists over two matches for an average of 11.5 assists per set. She had 40 assists on Thursday in a road Skyline win at Farmingdale State. The senior also picked up 2.67 digs per set on the week.
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
Smith has moved up to eighth in the nation among all Division III volleyball players in points per set with 5.06, while her 4.33 kills per set are now 12th-best in the country. Kappas ranks 37th in DIII with 9.62 assists per set.
As a team, the Mariners are fourth-best in the nation in holding their opponents to just a .077 hitting percentage, and rank 26th in the country with 2.91 service aces per set.
To view the Mariners' full updated NCAA Statistical Rankings, follow this link. (Note: Team rankings are on page 1 and individual rankings are on page 2.)
The Mariners (12-5, 5-0 Skyline) are back in action tonight when they host Skyline Conference opponent Mount St. Vincent (10-5, 4-0 Skyline) in a battle of first place beginning at 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gym. Live stats and live video feed of the match will be available with a link on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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