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Monday, Sept. 25, 2006


Four recognized with weekly honors by the Little East Conference


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – In leading women’s volleyball to two Little East Conference wins Saturday, middle blocker Emma Sousa (Jr./Coventry) repeated honors as the conference’s weekly Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

Sousa  was one of four Eastern athletes recognized by the conference with a weekly award. She was joined by teammate Marianna Capomolla (Sr./Stamford), named Defensive Player-of-the-Week and first-year soccer players Dean Perri (Fr./Commack,NY) and Kim Church (Fr/Farmington). A defender, Perri was selected men’s soccer Rookie-of-the-Week and Church earned the honor on the women’s side. It was the first conference honor in the brief careers of the freshmen. Church is a keeper.

The 5-foot-10 inch Sousa, who was honored with the award for the first time in her career last week, continued her impressive play this past week as Eastern (9-5) posted an overall record of 2-1, including a 2-0 mark in the conference circuit. A winner of six of their last seven, the Warriors swept Keene State Saturday in a re-match of last year’s conference playoff final, won by Eastern. With three LEC regular-season matches remaining, Eastern (4-0) holds a one-game lead over Keene State (3-1).

In 11 games last week, Sousa recorded a .368 hitting percentage and 57 kills, while serving at a .895 percentage. On Saturday in a four-game conference win over UMass Boston, Sousa registered a career-high 25 kills and attacked at a rate of .452, her fourth match of season with at least a .452 percentage. She leads the conference with 193 kills, 3.71 kills per game, and 242.5 points, and is second in attack percentage (.293) and points per game (4.66). Points are calculated by adding the total number of kills, service aces and blocks.

A tri-captain and the team’s libero this year, the 5-foot-5 inch Capomolla averaged 6.09 digs and had a .970 reception percentage in 11 games . In two conference victories, she averaged 5.29 digs and handled 57 receptions without an error. Earlier in the week, Capomolla collected a season-high 30 digs in a four-game loss to Trinity College. Her 207 digs are third-best in the conference.

Capomolla received the identical honor once last year, when she was named the LEC’s Defensive Player-of-the-Year and a first-team all-conference selection.

Perri played all 180 minutes in a 1-1 week for the men’s soccer team, which limited opponents to one goal in a 1-1 week.  One of five first-year starters for Eastern (2-4-2 overall/0-1-1 LEC), the 5-foot-7 inch, 140-pounder is one of two players to have played every minute of every match this year.

In a 1-1 week, Church allowed only one goal in 90 minutes, sharing a shutout as the starter against Plymouth State in a 1-0 win Saturday. She made five saves against Plymouth, one shy of her season/career high. In 405 minutes this year, the 5-foot-3 inch first-year player has faced 22 shots and given up only one goal and has shared in four shutouts. She leads all conference players with a a 0.22 GAA and .955 save percentage for Eastern (5-4, 2-0 LEC).