VOLLEYBALL VOTE: Who is the Top Freshman to watch this Fall?

With the first couple weeks of the Women’s Volleyball season in the books, there are a fleet of freshman making an impact on the court.

Take a look at who had one what, and cast your VOTE for your pick in the poll at the bottom of the page for this season’s Freshman to watch? (Voting closes at 10pm central time, 9/22)

(statistics are current through 9/14/17)

Yana Shaposhnikova – City College of New York

The City University of New York Athletics Conference announced the first weekly award winners of the 2017 Women’s Volleyball season selecting CCNY freshman Yana Shaposhnikova as the Rookie of the Week.

CCNY’s Anna Shaposhnikova (CCNY Athletics photo)

In her first two collegiate matches, Shaposhnikova combined to register nine kills, 10 service aces, and 28 digs. She collected five kills and 16 digs against Farmingdale on Friday, before amassing seven aces and 12 digs at Yeshiva on Sunday.

During their recent CUNYAC Tri-match with York and Hunter, Shaposhnikova collected six kills, 12 aces and a total 18 points in the match against York, following with three kills and eight digs versus Hunter.

Shaposhnikova is averaging 1.50 aces per set, which is tied for the best in the nation in that category.

Caroline Shelby – Eastern

Eastern outside hitter Caroline Shelby earned MAC Freedom Volleyball Player of the Week Honors for the opening week of the season.

Eastern’s Caroline Shelby (Eastern Athletics photo)

Shelby pounded out 69 kills and picked up 32 digs, seven blocks, and four aces while earning all-tournament honors at the Haverford College Invitational.

Recently, Shelby has been leading the way for the Eagles, posting a match-high 14 kills vs. Washington & Lee. She followed with 36 kills on 77 swings, hitting .363 in the two matches against Meredith and Maryville. She reached 100 kills on her first kill of the match in the opening game against Meredith. Against Wilkes she posted a match-high 19 kills in the opening set.

Currently Shelby is 3rd in all of D3 with 154 kills. Her average of 5.10 points per set is 12th and her 4.3 kills per set and 12.1 attacks per set are 13th in both categories.

Tiffany Garcia-Lawson – St. Joeseph’s Brooklyn

St. Joeseph’s Brooklyn hitter Tiffany Garcia-Lawson shined in her first collegiate match, sharing match-high honors with seven kills and her first career block, hitting an effective .375 in the Bears’ 3-0 sweep of Megar Evers.

St. Joseph’s Brooklyn hitter Garcia-Lawson (St. Joseph’s Brooklyn Athletics photo)

Garcia-Lawson had another strong showing against William Paterson, notching a team-high six points with a trio of kills, a pair of blocks and an ace.

Kate Meltsin – Brooklyn

Bulldog freshman setter Kate Meltsin opened here collegiate career recording 29 assists during the opening match against Rosemont, followed by 13 against Bryn Athyn – beginning her career at Brooklyn with a 42-assist day.

Keeping the momentum, Meltsin recorded 11 assists during the Bulldogs’ 3-0 win over SUNY-Purchase and followed up during a Tri-Match contest with Medgar Evers with match-highs of 12 aces and 11 assists – including five-straight aces to close out the final game with the Cougars.

Currently averaging 1.25 aces per set, Meltsin ranks 5th in all of D3 in that category.

Amanda Wetmore – WPI

WPI’s Amanda Wetmore (WPI Athletics photo)

Worcester Polytechnic freshman Amanda Wetmore has been on a run since opening the season with 14 kills and eight blocks for WPI in the opener with Wentworth, and then went on to pace the Engineers with 10 kills on 18 swings with just one error (.500) to go along with four blocks in the WPI three-set sweep of Mount Ida.

Wetmore added 14 move kills and eight blocks in the Engineer’s loss to Babson, and then tallied 13 kills on the night in a five-set victory over Western New England.

She is currently leading all of D3 with a .548 hitting percentage.

Lauren Smith – Elmira

The Empire 8 Conference honored Lauren Smith of the Elmira College women’s volleyball team as the conference’s Rookie of the Week for week 1 of the 2017 season.

Smith made her presence felt in the first week of her collegiate career. Over the first four matches of 2017, the 5-foot-6-inch outside hitter finished second on the team in kills (23), kills per set (2.30) and digs (26). She followed that showing with three kills to go along with a season-high 10 digs in a loss to Morrisville.

Jenna Scott – Bethany

Bethany’s Jenna Scott (Bethany Athleitcs/Martin Santek Photography)

Bethany’s Jenna Scott totaled 147 assists to go along with 33 digs, 17 kills, seven service aces and seven blocks for the Bison during their 4-1 run during the season’s opening week. In their five-set victory over Alfred, she registered a season-high 39 assists and followed up posting a 38-assist, 18-dig double double in a 3-1 win over Wooster.

Caitlin Meyer – Illinois Wesleyan

IWU freshman setter Caitlin Meyer averaged 10.53 assists per set for a total of 179 assists over four matches during the first week of the 2017 season. She had 32 assists against WashingtonU, 48 versus Ohio Northern, 57 against Aurora and 42 versus DePauw. The 57 assists against Aurora tied for 10th most in a match in school history.

Meyer followed up the performance pacing the Titans with 41 assists in a three-game sweep of Chicago.


Andie Maloney – MIT

In a 4-0 opening week for MIT, freshman Andie Maloney tallied 110 assists, 34 digs, and five blocks. She posted 31 assists, nine digs, and four kills in a sweep of Gordon on Wednesday. Maloney then registered 21 assists, eight digs, three blocks, and three aces in two sets of a 3-0 win over Roger Williams to start the MIT Invitational. She dished out seven assists in one set of a sweep of Endicott before compiling 51 assists, 17 digs, and two blocks in a 3-2 victory over No. 15 University of La Verne, helping the Engineers win the MIT Invitational.

In a battle between two nationally ranked teams, Maloney totaled 44 assists, seven digs, and five blocks in a five-set win over Springfield.



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