Delaware's Chason Earns CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Week Honors
Noember 1, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. - - After leading the University of Delaware volleyball team to two impressive wins in the Colonial Athletic Conference this past weekend, senior setter Jess Chason (at right) was named a Co-Offensive Player of the Week, announced today by the conference office.
The reigning CAA Setter of the Year helped pace a Blue Hen offense to a straight set victory over James Madison and a five set thriller over George Mason. Both teams came into Newark with a 6-2 record, and left a full two games behind the leading Hens.
The Harrisburg, N.C. native kept on her pace of just over 10 assists per set, as she dished out 82 assists in eight games this weekend. Chason also totaled 27 digs, four block assists and two kills, keeping Delaware atop the CAA standings with a 9-1 conference record (20-5 overall).
Against James Madison, Chason handed out 33 assists in the straight set victory, averaging 11 per game. She also finished with six digs and three block assists, receiving high regards from her coach.
“I thought Jess Chason was phenomenal,” head coach Bonnie Kenny said after the JMU match. “She laid up balls that our hitters could do a lot of work with.”
The following night, the Blue Hens played host to the defending CAA Tournament Champions, and the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs, George Mason Patriots.
Against the Patriots, she recorded her team high 11th double-double of the season while dishing out 49 assists and tallying 21 digs. Chason also contributed two kills and one block assist in the 3-2 match victory.
On the year, she now averages 10.25 assists per frame, leading the CAA by over half an assist per game. She is also third on the team in digs, getting to 247 balls (2.68/set).
It is the first time this season that Chason has earned a conference weekly award, and the third time in her career (Offensive Player of the Week, Sept. 8, 2009; Oct. 19, 2009).
Northeastern’s Britney Brown was named the other Co-Offensive Player of the Week while VCU’s Kelsie Clegg was named Defensive Player of the Week. Lana Zonjic (George Mason) rounds out the weekly awards as she was named the Rookie of the Week.
Chason will lead Delaware this weekend as the team goes on the road for the final time in the regular season, playing at VCU on Friday, before going to William & Mary on Saturday. VCU sits in second place in the conference with an 8-3 record. Both games are slated to start at 7 p.m.