February 29 2016
After a 5-0 week, including a five-set thriller over No. 7 Stevenson University, a pair of Elmira College men's volleyball players earned EC Athlete of the Week honors for the week of February 22-28.
Senior Erik Griffin '16 and junior Mark Kawecki '17 earned the weekly honors after leading the No. 11 Soaring Eagles to wins over Penn State-Behrend, Wells College, Rivier College, Stevenson, and SUNY Poly.
Griffin, a reigning AVCA Second-Team All-American, paced the Purple and Gold with 56 kills and 4.00 kills per set. He recorded a .714 attack percentage, his second-highest mark of the season, against Penn State-Behrend with 11 kills and only one error in 14 total attempts. He also served a season-high five aces against the Lions.
The Victor, NY, native followed that up with 11 kills against Wells and 10 against Rivier, before turning in his second double-double performance of the year with 24 kills and 10 digs against the seventh-ranked Mustangs. The five-set victory against Stevenson was EC's third over a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
Griffin leads the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) with a tremendous 4.51 kills per set, nearly a full kill better than second place. Although he hasn't played enough sets to qualify for the NCAA statistical leaderboard, his current kills-per-set average would rank nearly a half-kill higher than the current national leader.
Kawecki finished second in kills (47), kills per set (3.13), and total blocks (9), while ranking third in aces (7) and digs (24) for the Soaring Eagles last week. He registered double-digit kills in three of the five matches and tied his season high with 10 digs against the Mustangs.
The product of Bangor, PA, recorded a season-high .353 attack percentage with10 kills against the Lions. He then reset his personal season best by hitting at a rate of .458 – the second-highest of his EC career - with a match-high 14 kills against Rivier.
Kawecki then earned his second double-double of the year in the home match versus No. 7 Stevenson with 10 kills and a season high-tying 10 digs. He capped off the week one kill shy of his ninth double-digit outing of the year, adding six digs and three block assists against SUNY Poly.
On the season, Kawecki is third on the Soaring Eagles with 156 kills, 2.79 kills per game and 19 aces. He needs only two more kills to establish a career high.
The No. 11 Soaring Eagles will look to extend their eight-match win streak this weekend against Bard College and Stevens Institute of Technology at a UVC Tri-Match, hosted by the Raptors in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. EC kicks off the weekend against Bard on Saturday, March 5th, at 11:00 a.m.