RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 17, 2012 – James Madison volleyball junior libero Katie Daorai (Tampa, Fla./Plant) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. She is the third JMU player to garner a conference honor this season, and this is her fifth conference recognition overall.
Daorai helped lead her team to a 3-1 record last week. She helped limit opponents to a .150 hitting percentage for the week, collecting 64 digs in just 11 sets played. She was named to the USF Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament team and averaged 5.82 digs per set, including tying her career-high with 31 digs in a four-set win over FIU.
The Dukes’ junior libero is averaging 4.50 digs per set this season. She has collected 171 digs in 38 sets played and has already set a new career-high for service aces in a season with 15. Her previous high for a season was 14.
Daorai joins sophomore middle blocker Lizzy Briones (Siloam Springs, Ark./Siloam Springs) and freshman outside hitter Meghan Niski (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) as conference award winners this season. Briones was the CAA Player of the Week last week while Niski earned Rookie of the Week accolades during the opening week of play.
Daorai twice was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Week as a sophomore while winning CAA Rookie of the Week twice in 2010.
JMU returns to play this weekend as it opens up CAA play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Georgia State. First serve is schedule for 7 p.m. at Sinclair Gymnasium/Godwin Hall.
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