KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2018) – The Skyline Conference recently announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy senior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) was named the league's women's volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 7. The accolade comes after Lefler's performances in the Mariners' two home victories last week - 3-0 over Skyline opponent Mount St. Mary on Wednesday and 3-0 over Medgar Evers on Thursday.
Lefler put down 6.5 kills per set while hitting .571 (26k-2e-42a). She led all players Wednesday night against MSMC with 22 kills on a .556 percentage (22k-2e-36a). The senior added four kills on six error-free attempts in one set of play on Thursday night.
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
Lefler currently ranks second in Skyline (and on team) with 3.71 kills and 4.35 points per set on the season, while also ranking eight with 0.51 blocks per set and ninth with a .200 hitting percentage.
She is one of five Mariners that rank in the top-10 in the league in a statistical category – freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) is first in the Skyline with 4.34 kills per set and 5.02 points per set, while also ranking fourth with a .265 hitting percentage; classmate Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) remains the conference leader with 9.14 assists per set; junior Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) ranks second in the Skyline with 4.30 digs per set; and freshman Cadee Fromm (Enid, Okla.) is second in the league with 0.82 blocks per set and fourth with a .275 hitting percentage.
As a team, the Mariners are first in the Skyline in four categories – hitting percentage (.197), opponent hitting percentage (.080), assists (10.96 per set) and kills (11.66 per set) – while ranking second with 1.39 blocks per set. To view the full Skyline stat rankings, follow this link.
On the national stage, Gilbertson is in the top-25 in two categories – seventh with 5.02 points per set and 11th with 4.34 kills per set – while the Mariners rank fourth in the nation in holding opponents to a .080 hitting percentage. The Mariners full NCAA statistical rankings can be viewed at this link.
The Mariners return to the court Thursday night, Oct. 11, when they host non-conference opponent Lehman. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium. Live stats and a live video stream of the game will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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