MEDFORD – Senior outside hitter and tri-captain Brigid Bell of the Tufts University volleyball team has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week following her performance during the Jumbos' 3-0 week.
Bell started in all 11 sets Tufts played over the weekend at the MIT Invitational. During matches against Endicott, RIT, and Wellesley, Bell racked up 35 kills (3.18 kills per set) with a .420 hitting percentage. The senior also served six aces and added 24 digs on the defensive side of the floor. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
In the opening match of the weekend, Bell finished with a match-high 15 kills in the four-set Jumbo victory at Endicott. Like Tufts, the Gulls were receiving votes in last week's national poll. Defensively, Bell added 11 digs and one assisted block which made her responsible for a total of 15.5 points in favor of the Jumbos.
Tufts opened Saturday by earning a 3-0 victory over RIT in their second match of the weekend. This was aided by Bell's 10 kills and two service aces. Her 10 kills were tied for the team-high and come on 20 swings with just two errors for a .400 percentage.
Bell's .556 hitting percentage (10 kills, 0 errors, 18 attempts) against Wellesley was the second-highest of her career. Bell was responsible for 15.0 points for the Jumbos with the 10 kills, four service aces, and two assisted blocks. She also added seven digs in the four-set match.
The Jumbos have earned the NESCAC Player of the Week for consecutive weeks as senior tri-captain Maddie Stewart received the honor last week. The last time Tufts went back-to-back on volleyball Player of the Week honors was in October 2014. This is Bell's first Player of the Week honor of her career.
Through two weeks of the 2019 season, Bell ranks eighth in NESCAC with 82 points scored. She's also top 10 in total kills (67) and service aces (11).
Bell and the 7-0 Jumbos return to action on Friday when they head to Connecticut College for their NESCAC opener. They are scheduled to start at 7 pm.