Wilmington’s Shorter and DiGiacinto Sweep Weekly CACC Volleyball Honors
Monday, September 17, 2012 - New Haven, Conn.
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Junior Katie Shorter earned her second career CACC Player of the Week award
Freshman Kaitlin DiGiacinto picked up her first CACC weekly honor, helping the team to a 2-2 record
A pair of Wilmington University volleyball student-athletes swept the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Weekly Honors as junior Katie Shorter earned Player of the Week honors and freshman Kaitlin DiGiacinto was named Rookie of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday.
Both Shorter and DiGiacinto were named to the Bentley Invitational All-Tournament Team this past weekend and helped lead the Wildcats (10-4, 2-0 CACC) to a 2-2 week. They opened the week by defeating Chestnut Hill, 3-0, last Tuesday and came back to defeat Queens (N.Y.) on Saturday, 3-1.
Shorter led the Wildcats attack by hitting a team best .356 (29-8-59) in the four matches. The Pasadena, Md. native hit a season’s best .556 (6-1-9) against Atlantic Region power California (Pa.) on Friday and hit .500 (10-1-18) against Chestnut Hill. The middle hitter also picked up seven solo blocks and added seven block assists, keeping her at the top among the CACC leaderboard. Shorter is now averaging 1.29 blocks per set for the season.
DiGiacinto posted career bests with 15 kills and 17 digs against Stonehill in the finale of the Bentley Invitational on Saturday. She only committed three errors in the match, hitting .323 on 37 swings to cap the four match week. She also collected 12 kills against Queens and 11 digs against Chestnut Hill. The Glen Burnie, Md. native helped herself behind the service line as well, picking up seven aces on the week. The freshman averaged 3.43 points per set during the four matches.
Concordia’s Chelsea Zurcher, Caldwell’s Susan McDonough and Nyack’s Samantha Garza rounded out the CACC Weekly Report by earned Honorable Mention for their efforts in last week’s matches.
It is the second time Shorter has been named CACC Player of the Week in her career, as she earned the accolade on October 3, 2011, and it is the first weekly honor for DiGiacinto for her young career.
Wilmington returns to CACC action this week as the Wildcats take to the road for the first time in the conference playing at Georgian Court on Wednesday before returning home for a match against Nyack on Saturday.