Oct. 19, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT - Sophomore Jessica Colberg (Long Beach, CA) was named the Northeast Conference Women's Volleyball Player of the Week today, while freshman Elise Sage (Greenwood Village, CO) was named the NEC Rookie of the Week.
Colberg wins the award after making a switch from her normal libero position last week to outside hitter, filling in for injured teammate Maile Hetherington. It was the first time in her collegiate career she had played anywhere besides libero and she responded in a big way, collecting 32 kills in a perfect 3-0 week for the Pioneers. She hit an impressive .421 and also compiled 31 digs, two solo blocks and a pair of service aces.
In a 3-0 win over Hartford, Colberg had 17 kills and just one error - hitting .667 - with 12 digs and a service ace. In a 3-0 win at Robert Morris - the first time the Pioneers had ever beaten the Colonials - she had nine kills and hit .316 with seven digs, an ace and a service error. She closed out the week with six kills and 12 digs in a 3-0 win at Saint Francis (PA). She leads the Pioneers in digs this season with 319.
Sage collected 18 kills, 13 digs, four assists, two block assists, and five service aces en route to her second NEC Rookie of the Week accolade. She made just two attack errors all week hitting an impressive .533. On Saturday against RMU, Sage had seven kills, four digs and an assist. She followed that up with six kills, five digs, four aces and an assist in the win at Saint Francis (PA).
Sage leads the Pioneers in hitting this season at .313.