Volleyball Snags Two SSC Player of the Week Awards

Volleyball Snags Two SSC Player of the Week Awards

Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University's volleyball team kicked off the 2018 campaign with a 3-1 showing at the Embry-Riddle Tournament this weekend and had its success rewarded with the announcement of the school year's first Sunshine State Conference Players of the Week, released Monday by the league office. Sonja Udovcic was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Week with Isadora Nicolai claiming Setter of the Week plaudits.

The selection marks the first career awards for each Fighting Knight.

Udovcic picked up right where she left off a year ago with a dominant all-around performance this weekend as she led the Fighting Knights to three wins over four matches at the Embry-Riddle Tournament. The Fighting Knights' only loss on the weekend came to Wayne St. (Neb.), who is just outside the Top-25 in the AVCA National Rankings.

Udovcic was explosive on the offensive front this weekend swinging from the outside, totaling 79 kills, which currently ranks her atop the SSC at 4.94 kills per set. Her volume also came with strong efficiency, posting a .360 hitting percentage. Udovcic's attack clip currently ranks her inside the top-10 of the SSC, with no other player in the top-10 having half as many kills as Udovcic.

In the 3-2 comeback victory over Shaw, Udovcic amassed 30 kills at a .397 attack percentage to go along with 15 digs. Udovcic's 30 kills ties for the second most in a five-set match and is tied for fourth overall for a single match in program history. The 30 kills are the most for the program in the past 17 years since Nov. 3, 2001, when Fernanda Campos logged 33 kills against Eckerd.

She also got the job done defensively this weekend, posting double-doubles in three of the four matches. She tallied a team-high 50 digs, ranking her 18th in the league at 3.13 per set.

Nicolai, a freshman setter, made a major splash in her collegiate debut this weekend, orchestrating the Lynn offense in all four matches. Nicolai earned the starting nod at setter in all four matches and did not disappoint, distributing 50+ assists in three of the four matches. She totaled a whopping 195 assists, ranking her atop the SSC at 12.19 per set.

In her very first collegiate match, a 3-1 victory over Valdosta State, she registered 57 assists and seven digs while also dumping for four kills on six attempts. Nicolai's 57 assists vs. VSU are the ninth-most-ever from a Fighting Knight in a four-set match in program history.

She followed it up with another big performance in the victory over Shaw, leading the offense with 59 assists and three aces but also showed stout defense with 14 digs and a match-high five block assists. Nicolai's 59 assists are the second-most by a freshman in program history and the most since Megan Bedner recorded 62 on Nov. 1, 2006. She also ranks fifth on the team in digs per set (2.50) and third in blocks per set (0.50).

The Blue and White look to build on the early-season success as they travel to Nova Southeastern this weekend for three matches at the annual Sharks Classic.