Top LEC honors for PSU Volleyball players
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Two standouts on the Plymouth State University women's volleyball team were recognized Monday with top weekly honors from the Little East Conference.
Senior Eliza Badeau (Foster, R.I./Ponaganset) was named LEC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, and sophomore Alex Avery (Milton, N.H./Nute) was selected LEC Defensive Player of the Week. Badeau received an LEC weekly honor for the fourth time this season, while Avery was on the receiving end for the first time in her career. They were key players in helping PSU to a 5-0 week, including the championship of the Tom Hay Invitational at Springfield College and a 3-1 victory over rival Keene State in the only LEC match of the week.
A 6'0" middle hitter, Badeau (right) averaged 4.67 kills per game for the week with an attack percentage of .441 while also adding six service aces. After matching a career high with 27 kills in the win at Keene State on Tuesday, Badeau was named MVP of the Springfield Tournament after hitting .408 with 71 kills in the four matches over the weekend. She made 22 kills in Friday night's five-set win over Springfield, which was ranked fourth in New England, and she also made 22 kills (with just one error) in Saturday's victory over Westfield State.
A three-time All-LEC Second Team selection, Badeau leads the LEC and ranks among the NCAA Division 111 leaders in attack percentage (.496) and kills (4.58 per set).
A 5'3" defensive specialist, Avery (left) was outstanding in the backcourt, averaging 4.29 digs per set for the week. After making 16 digs in the win at Keene State on Tuesday, Avery made 74 digs in the four matches at the Springfield Tournament. She made 21 digs in Friday night's five-set win over Springfield, which was ranked fourth in New England, and she also made 23 digs in Saturday's victory over Westfield State.
A first-year starter, Avery is ranked fourth in the LEC is digs with 4.02 per set.
PSU, which at 22-1 is enjoying one of the best seasons in the program's 14-year history, returns home to host Norwich University Wednesday at Foley Gymnasium (6:00 p.m.)
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