FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sacred Heart University women's volleyball had numerous players earn NEC weekly awards as freshman Sarah Ciszek was named the Molten/NEC Rookie of the Week and red-shirt junior Liisel Nelis was named the Molten/NEC Co-Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday afternoon.
It is the second time this season where the Pioneers had multiple players earn NEC honors in the same week and it is also the second time Nelis was named the Player of the Week this season. It was the fifth time Ciszek earned Rookie of the Week honors and the sixth overall award for her this season.
Nelis registered 4.86 kills and 3.43 digs per set to lead the Pioneers past Saint Francis U and Robert Morris on back-to-back days. Nelis recorded 15 kills, nine digs and three blocks in just three sets as SHU swept SFU on Friday night. She responded on Saturday with 19 kills and 15 digs to push the Pioneers past the Colonials in four sets. Nelis ended the regular season leading the Conference by a wide margin with 3.82 kills per set.
Ciszek wrapped her regular season averaging 11.29 assists per set and averaged 3.57 digs and 1.29 kills per set to help the Pioneers dispatch SFU and RMU. Against the Red Flash on Friday, she posted 35 assists, 17 digs, four kills and two blocks in a straight set victory. Ciszek followed on Saturday, totaling another 44 assists while also recording five kills, eight digs, a block and an ace in the four-set win over the Colonials. Ciszek is currently the NEC leader in hitting percentage (.336) and assists (9.27).
The return to action Friday, Nov. 16, when they take on top-seeded LIU Brooklyn on the road in the semifinals of the NEC Tournament.