CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - A pair of freshmen, Molly Werts and Haley Puddy, picked up Patriot League Player and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, to help the Loyola University Maryland volleyball team sweep the League's weekly awards for the first time in program history.
The individual honors are the first weekly awards for Loyola since joining the Patriot League for the 2013 season. Puddy also becomes the first Greyhound to pick up rookie of the week honors since Tina Catanach was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Rookie of the Week on November 11, 2011 and Werts is the first conference player of the week since Janet Pressler was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 11, 2011.
The duo led Loyola (5-6) to a 3-1 week, where they knocked off Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-0, in a midweek contest at Reitz Arena, before traveling to the Eastern Shore for the UMES Fall Fling sponsored by Courtyard. There, Loyola beat Manhattan, 3-1, and NC Central, 3-2, but fell to Maryland Eastern Shore, 15-11, in the fifth set.
Werts, a setter from Lewisville, Texas, became the first Greyhound to record a triple-double since at least the turn of the century Friday night. In Loyola's four-set victory over the Jaspers, Werts knocked down 10 kills and added 31 assists and 15 digs to join the elusive club.
For the week, she averaged 1.53 kills per set, posting at least four per match, and only committed three errors for a .500 hitting percentage. She also dished out 8.35 assists per set and was second on the team with 2.41 digs per game.
Puddy posted a .440 hitting percentage this week, while tying for the team lead with 48 kills, an average of 2.82 per set. The middle blocker from Dallas, Texas, also led the Greyhounds in blocking, with 18 total, and set a career-high with seven blocks in the four-set win over Manhattan.
Against UMES, Puddy knocked down a personal-best 17 kills to go with a .448 hitting percentage.
The Greyhounds will travel to Newark, Delaware, for one final tournament this season. They will take on Sacred Heart (11 a.m.) and Delaware (7 p.m.) on Friday, before concluding the Delaware Invitational against Morgan State on Saturday at 10 a.m.