Courtney Kidd-Kadluebek (Santa Barbara, CA) picked up her second Molten/Northeast Conference player of the week award while freshman Dianis Mercado (Vega Baja, Puerto Rico) took home a fifth rookie of the week honor in 2010. The pair was instrumental in the SHU women's volleyball team's 2-0 week that led to the program's first regular season championship as well as the #1 seed in next weekend's Northeast Conference tournament.
Kidd-Kadlubek wrapped up her illustrious regular-season career by setting up the Pioneer offense with 107 assists, 14 digs and three block assists over the course of a 3-2 win against Central Connecticut State and a 3-0 sweep of Long Island. She leads the league with 11.88 assists per set and entered the week eighth in the nation with 11.75 assists per set. The 2009 NEC Setter of the Year owns Sacred Heart's all-time assists record with 4,510.
Mercado was given her fifth nod as rookie of the week after averaging a double-double for the week. The powerful outside hitter compiled 31 kills and 35 digs, notching a double-double in each match as well. Against Central Connecticut State, she smacked 14 kills and snagged 20 digs, and versus Long Island she brought 17 kills and completed 15 digs. Mercado leads her the Pioneers in 2010 with a kills per set average of 3.51.
The Sacred Heart women's volleyball team will begin its drive for the program's first NEC tournament title and inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Pioneers will take on the fourth seeded Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the William H. Pitt Center.