Senior Courtney Kidd-Kadlubek (Santa Barbara, CA) earned Molten/NEC player of the week accolades for the first time this season while freshman Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) took home a sixth Molten/NEC rookie of the week honor after the Pioneers perfect 3-0 week. Kidd-Kadlubek now ranks 12th in the NCAA averaging 11.58 assists per set, tops in the NEC. Mercado places second in the league with 245 kills and posted a pair of double-doubles last week.
Kidd-Kadlubek was productive yet again as she led the top ranked offense in the conference to three straight set victories last week. The setter racked up 113 total assists over the three-match weekend to boost her season average from 11.36 to 11.58. Kadlubek tallied 35 assists against NJIT, 38 versus Bryant and chipped in a weekend high of 40 in the Pioneers' defeat of Central Connecticut State. Kidd-Kadlubek has picked up right where she left off last season, carrying on the dominant ways that earned her 2009 NEC Setter of the Year honors. She already tops the league's assists category with 892 this season, more than 100 ahead of second place.
Mercado, now a fixture on molten/NEC Rookie of the Week slate, turned out another weekend of impressive performances for the Red and White. She fired a career-high 17 kills and added 11 digs versus NJIT. In a sweep of Bryant, Mercado smacked 14 kills and seven digs. To cap off the weekend, she dropped in 13 kills and 14 digs in the win over the Blue Devils.
The women's volleyball team takes to the road this weekend for matches with Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant.