Nov. 12, 2007
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola sophomore middle blocker Karlee Woodward was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week today, the conference office announced.
Woodward helped the Greyhounds (22-11 overall, 13-5 MAAC) earn their highest seed to the MAAC Championships since the 1997 season with three-game sweeps of Rider and Iona. Loyola enters the Championships as the third seed and will play host Fairfield, the No. 2 seed, in the first semifinal on Sunday, November 18, 2007, at 11 a.m.
Last weekend against Rider and Iona, Woodward posted averages of 4.67 kills and 1.83 blocks per game, leading the Greyhounds with an average of 5.75 points in the six games.
In the Iona match, Woodward led all players with 17 kills and only two errors in 24 swings to post a career-best .625 hitting percentage. She also tied for the team lead with seven total blocks, one solo, in the match.
Woodward also had a match-high 11 kills versus Rider, posting a .476 hitting percentage with only one error in 21 swings.
This season, Woodward is second in the MAAC in blocks per game (1.29), less than one one-hundredth of a point behind the leader. She is also fourth in hitting percentage (.313) and leads the league in blocks per game in conference matches (1.40).
Loyola leads the MAAC with an average of 2.46 blocks per game and holds opponents to a league low .145 hitting percentage.
The Greyhounds' 22 wins this season are the most for the program since 2002 when the team posted a school record 25 victories.
Woodward's award is the first of her career and marks the sixth time this season that a Loyola player has been tabbed for a MAAC weekly award. Nina Camaioni has earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors four times, and Brittany Born earned the same award once.