RICHMOND, VA -- The red-hot University of Delaware volleyball squad,
which ran its win streak to five matches with a perfect 3-0 record last
week, was honored by the Colonial Athletic Association this week as
senior Chelsea Lawrence was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week
and Ariel Shonk was tabbed the CAA Rookie of the Week.
The Blue Hens (8-11, 3-1 CAA) moved into sole possession of third place
in the CAA standings thanks to victories of 3-0 over Delaware State, 3-2
over UNCW, and 3-0 over William & Mary that were spearheaded by Lawrence
Lawrence, a 6-1 middle hitter from Evanston, Ill. (Evanston Township
HS), had an outstanding week at the net as she totaled 24 total blocks
for the week, an average of 2.2 per set. Lawrence had a season-high nine
blocks in the win over Delaware State Tuesday night, but bettered that
in the next match when she had 13 in the five-set victory over UNCW,
just two shy of the UD match record and the most by a UD blocker since
Lawrence, who added two more blocks Sunday in the Hens' 3-0 victory at
William & Mary, collected 21 kills and hit a team-best .283 for the
week. She reached two milestones during the week, surpassing the
500-kill and 250-block marks for her career.
Shonk, a 5-9 libero from Atlanta, Ga. (Riverwood International Charter
HS) was honored for the second straight week as she earned CAA Defensive
Player of the Week laurels a week ago.
Shonk recorded 63 digs last week to lead the CAA. She began the week
with 13 digs on Tuesday against Delaware State to go along with three
assist and three aces. Over the weekend she recorded match-high digs in
wins at UNCW and William & Mary with 29 and 21 respectively. Shonk ranks
second in the CAA in total digs with 356 and leads the Blue Hens with
5.48 digs per set.
Delaware will return to action this week with CAA road matches at James
Madison on Friday night at 7 p.m. and at George Mason Saturday night at