NEAC Announces Student-Athlete of the Week Selections in Men's Volleyball for 02-17-15

NEAC Announces Student-Athlete of the Week Selections in Men's Volleyball for 02-17-15

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in men’s volleyball for the period running from Monday, February 9 through Sunday, February 15.


Connor Hinman (Lethbridge, Alberta) has been named the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week after an excellent set of performances for the Keuka College Wolfpack.  The junior led the Wolfpack to a pair of conference wins after posting back-to-back double-digit kill totals during NEAC Crossover play Saturday.  He began the day with a match-most 11 kills to go along with three digs and an ace during a 3-0 sweep over weekend host Lancaster Bible, before smashing a match-high 16 kills alongside five digs in a 3-1 win over Penn State Altoona.  He also recorded the match’s only solo block while assisting on another in the latter win, which marked the seventh straight victory for the Wolfpack (9-2, 2-0 NEAC).  Hinman now leads the NEAC in kills (115), aces (18) and points (139.5).  



Chris Busha (Hamburg, N.Y.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after a terrific week for the D’Youville College Spartans.  The junior helped lead the Spartans to a pair of sweeps during NEAC Crossover play, which was hosted by Medaille College last Friday and Saturday.  Busha tallied eight digs and assisted on two blocks during a 3-0 win over SUNY Poly Friday night, before recording a match-high 11 digs and adding another assisted block in a 3-0 win over Wells Saturday, leaving him with an average of 3.17 digs per set.  Busha also helped pace the offense with 59 assists and three kills for the Spartans, who are now 2-0 in the NEAC and 4-4 overall.    




The Rest of the Week’s Highlights

Men’s Volleyball: D’Youville College junior Brett Cawthorn (West Seneca, N.Y.) registered 22 kills and 12 digs across a pair of conference wins for the Spartans during NEAC Crossover play this weekend … Medaille College junior Nate Schneider (Lockport, N.Y.) totaled 14 kills and 12 digs for the Mavericks during a pair of sweeps in conference action Saturday … Penn State Altoona sophomore Jacob Byers (Level Green, Pa.) had a pair of 15-kill outings during a split in conference play Saturday, while junior teammate Brandon Stitt (Altoona, Pa.) totaled 17 digs for the Nittany Lions … Wells College junior John Farruggia (West Winfield, N.Y.) tallied 19 kills and 11 digs while freshman Jack Battumur (Denver, Colo.) added 15 digs in the Express’ 3-1 conference win over Hilbert College Friday … SUNY Poly junior A.J. Davids (Hilton, N.Y.) finished with 18 kills, 13 digs and seven block assists in a thrilling 3-2 conference win over Hilbert College Saturday, while senior teammate Justin Rich (Franklin, N.Y.) notched 22 digs for the Wildcats … Hilbert College junior Korey Schwab (Lockport, N.Y.) finished with 32 kills and sophomore Adam Heftka (Grand Island, N.Y.) amassed 22 digs across those two aforementioned matches to lead the Hawks. 

The North Eastern Athletic Conference has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.