HADLEY, Mass. – Freshman outside hitter Harper Graves of the Wesleyan University volleyball team was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her stellar play during a 3-0 stretch for the Cardinals, which included a Little Three Championship for the first time since 1992.
Graves played an instrumental role in Wesleyan's 3-0 sweeps over Trinity and Amherst. The freshman was incredibly efficient in the win against the Bantams as she recorded 10 kills on 15 attempts, which is good for a .667 hitting percentage. The following day, she totaled seven kills on 22 attempts with just one error for a .273 attack mark, and also recorded two blocks and two digs. In the two NESCAC victories, which kept Wesleyan undefeated in conference play (5-0), Graves averaged a .423 hitting percentage.
Additionally, the freshman's strong play carried over into the Cardinals' last match of the week as they defeated Stevens in four sets. She totaled eight kills, nine digs and four assists. For the week, Graves averaged 2.50 kills, 1.20 digs and 0.70 blocks per set.
Wesleyan is off to a terrific start in 2017, as it boasts a 12-1 overall record with wins over archrivals Amherst and Williams, and then-No. 24 Christopher Newport. Graves has played a huge factor in the team's early success, as she ranks third on the squad with 2.50 kills per set.