HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University junior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) has been named Molten/Northeast Conference Volleyball Co-Player of the Week after leading the Bobcats to a sweep of the league's two Western Pennsylvania teams, Robert Morris and Saint Francis (Pa.), this past weekend. Lawler is the first Bobcat to earn the award in nearly nine years, following Heather Wollyung's honor on Oct. 15, 2001. Lawler is just the third Quinnipiac player to earn the award since the Bobcats began play in the NEC in 1998, joining Wollyung and Shannon Dublin. The Bobcats' setter shares this week's award with Sacred Heart's Elise Sage.
Lawler was instrumental in the Bobcats' first weekend NEC sweep since 2005, compiling 78 assists, 28 digs, 10 kills and six service aces while hitting .364. She averaged 9.75 assists, 3.50 digs, 1.25 kills and 0.75 service aces per set on the weekend.
Included in her weekend totals were a pair of double-doubles, her fourth and fifth of the year and third in as many matches. Lawler had 42 assists and 11 digs to along with four service aces as the Bobcats knocked Robert Morris from the unbeaten ranks in NEC play. She then had 36 assists, a career-high 17 digs, six kills and two service aces against Saint Francis (Pa.).
Entering the week 28th in the nation in service aces per set at 0.46, Lawler improved her average to 0.49 service aces per set. Lawler's contributions helped the Bobcats' team service aces per set mark improve from 1.71 (30th-NCAA) to 1.79.
The Bobcats return to non-conference action Wednesday when they travel to Worcester, Mass., looking to avenge a season-opening 3-0 defeat at Holy Cross. First serve from Holy Cross Field House is scheduled for 7 p.m.