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Robert Morris Illinois' Kristin Acciavatti
Robert Morris Illinois' Kristin Acciavatti
Volleyball - Tue, Aug. 29, 2017

CHICAGO --- Leading their respective teams to four wins on the week, Robert Morris University Illinois' Kristin Acciavatti (Wheaton, Ill.) and Saint Xavier University's Mariana Ayala (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) and Courtney Joyce (Chicago, Ill.) have gained the nod as the first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Players of the Week for the 2017 season, the league office announced Tuesday morning.

Acciavatti, a senior outside hitter, averaged 4.36 kills and boasted a .321 attack percentage in a perfect 4-0 week to land CCAC Attacker of the Week recognition for the seven-day period ending August 27.  She also averaged 3.43 digs per contest. 

Acciavatti's biggest match came in a come-from-behind victory over Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) on Friday.  Down 2-0, she rallied the Eagles to a five-set win with her 20 kills and 18 digs.

Acciavatti also produced double-digit kill totals in each of the Eagles' other three matches and 10-plus digs in three of four contests.  Her other numbers over the seven-day period included a total of eight blocks (seven assist blocks).

Robert Morris evened out its record at 4-4 with the four victories on the week.

Ayala, a junior libero, turned in no less than 22 digs in three of her five matches on the week to gain CCAC Defender of the Week honors.  Topping the list of performances was her 25-dig output in a three-set win over Mount Mercy University (Iowa) on Saturday.  She had another 22 digs in a pair of matches on Friday, including one in a three-set loss to No. 4-ranked Midland University (Neb.).

Ayala finished the week averaging 5.53 digs per set over her 17 sets.

Joyce, a senior, tallied a solid all-around week in being named the CCAC Setter of the Week.  Not only did she average 10.47 assists per set, but also 2.94 digs and 1.12 kills in the Cougars' 4-1 week. 

Joyce's best single-match effort of the week came on Friday when she totaled 49 assists, 19 digs and four kills in a five-set win over Marian University (Ind.).  She added another 40-plus assist match the next day with her 43 assists in a straight three-set win opposite Bethel College (Ind.).  In that same match, she also turned in 10 digs and four kills.

Saint Xavier's 4-1 week put the Cougars at 6-1 on the season.

Other Attacker Nominees: Sarah Allison (Indiana South Bend), Ashley Pickert (Governors State), Kate Bontrager (Saint Xavier), Kacie Stoll (Trinity Christian), Jeslyn Roat (Olivet Nazarene), JoAnna Nowicki (St. Francis), Kenzie Ebert (Judson), Madeline Decker (Trinity International).

Other Defender Nominees: Erika Halverson (Governors State), Alex Ewalt (Olivet Nazarene), Janelle Rehlander (Indiana South Bend), Brianna Figueroa (Trinity Christian), Wendy Garcia (Robert Morris Illinois), Leah Alles (St. Francis).

Other Setter Nominees: Lindsey Veersma (Robert Morris Illinois), Jadalyn Tindall (Indiana South Bend), Lizette Gonzalez (Governors State), Dani VanLaten (Trinity Christian), Kayleigh Kastelein (Olivet Nazarene), Makenna Bartecki (St. Francis).