MEDFORD - Junior Mackenzie Bright was recognized for her role in helping the Tufts University volleyball team open its conference season with two wins as she was named New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week today.
Head coach Cora Thompson's Jumbos opened NESCAC play at Cousens Gym on Friday night with a competitive 3-0 victory against Bates (23, 22, 25). Then on Saturday afternoon, Tufts rolled over Colby College in three sets 25-13, 25-13, 25-17. The Jumbos improved to 5-1 overall with the wins.
For the two matches, Bright played in all six sets and recorded 29 kills against eight errors in 59 attempts for an excellent .356 hitting percentage. She recorded 16 kills with just four errors in 34 attempts versus Bates for a .353 mark. Against Colby she hit .360 with 13 kills and four errors in 25 attempts. Bright also served two aces against the Mules.
Early in the conference season, Bright's 4.83 kills per set in conference matches is tops amongst league players. Her 3.14 kills per set overall is seventh in the NESCAC. She has a .280 hitting percentage overall and a .356 mark in NESCAC matches (fifth in the conference).
This is the first conference Player of the Week award for Bright. It's the first weekly honor received by a Jumbo since Elizabeth Ahrens was selected at the start of last season on September 12, 2016.
Bright was named MVP of the NCAA Division III Regional Tournament in Medford, Mass., last season, helping Tufts advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.