CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy's Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) has been named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Volleyball Player of the Week and teammate Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) has been named the NAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
D'Auria tallied 28 kills (2.80 k/s), 18 digs (1.80 d/s), and seven aces in the Mariners 1-2 week against a trio of challenging non-conference opponents. D'Auria tallied a match-high 13 kills in the Mariners first straight-set victory over Bates College since 2011, and added seven digs and an ace. Against No. 24 Tufts, the junior outside hitter tallied five kills, five digs, and four aces. In the team's 3-1 loss to Bowdoin College, D'Auria tallied 10 kills, six digs and two aces.
Perez was impressive in the Mariners' 1-2 week, totaling 40 digs (4.00 d/s), four assists and three aces. The senior libero tallied 11 digs in the team's first straight-set victory over Bates College since 2011, and also contributed an ace and an assist. In a tough 3-0 loss to No. 24 Tufts, Perez recorded a match-high 15 digs (5.00 d/s) and an assist, and followed that up with 14 digs, two aces and two assists against a tough Bowdoin College team.
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