The FrogJump Team of the Week is our weekly honor roll, recognizing some of the top performances at each of the seven positions from the last week. Honorees are nominated by their SID/Coaches and selected by a committee of FrogJump staff.
James Haag – Outside Hitter – NYU
James Haag showed everyone why they need to fear the NYU Violets this year. The Outside Hitter had 12 kills, 2 errors, on 19 attempts (.516 %) and 3 aces in NYU’s shocking upset of reigning National Champions Carthage. Haag showed the skillset of a dominant OH1, and will look to keep the show going as the Violets take on the preeminent D3VB power Springfield on Tuesday.
Jacob Labouliere – Outside Hitter – Wentworth Institute of Technology
A Pepperjack breakout pick, Labouliere was key in the Leopards perfect start this weekend (highlighted by their signature win over Nazareth). Jacob had a combined 31 kills with a .404 hitting percentage throughout the weekend, adding six total blocks alongside the offensive proficiency. His best game came against Baruch, where he went 10-0-12 (.833%).
Kevin Duffy – Middle Hitter – Juniata
You couldn’t have asked for more from Kevin Duffy this weekend, who continues to make a claim to be called the best Middle in D3VB. A unanimous pre-season All-American selection, Duffy was a force on both offense and defense throughout the Juniata Invitational; finishing with 28 kills (2.55/set) on a .550% hitting percentage while ending the weekend with 14 total blocks (1.27 blocks/set).
Zane Martin – Middle Hitter – Misericordia
“Lego Man” had an incredibly efficient weekend for the Cougars. In 4 matches, Zane totaled 22 kills (2.2 kills/set) on a .600 hitting percentage, 12 total blocks (1.2 blocks/set), and 4 aces as the Cougars finished 3-1.
Raymond Tarasi – Opposite Hitter – Marymount
Tarasi continues to play like the best Opposite in D3. A team of the week honoree last week, Tarasi’s torrid pace has only continued as Maymount remains undefeated through the first two weeks of the season. Raymond ended last week with 21 kills on a .548 hitting percentage as Marymount defeated two MAC heavyweights in #6 Messiah and Arcadia. He’s currently averaging 3.5 kills/set and .476 hitting percentage for the season.
Jack “Old Man” McGuire – Setter – Dominican
The Dominican Stars finished their East Coast trip 4-0 behind the stellar play of Captain Jack. McGuire displayed the skillsets that make him one of the best setters in the country, using his 6’5 frame to be an aggressive presence at the net while dishing dimes to his teammates. McGuire ended the weekend with 20 kills (1.5/set) on a .545 hitting percentage, 100 assists (7.69 / set) and 11 total blocks (.85 per set). His best match was the Stars 5-set victory over Stevenson, where he finished 9-0-11 with 39 assists and 3 blocks.
Michael Dougherty – Libero – Stevenson
Dougherty stepped up admirably into the libero role this weekend, solidfying the defense for the Mustangs as they took on #7 Southern Virginia and # 3 Dominican during the Juniata Invitational. Dougherty ended the Juniata invitational averaging 2.82 digs/set while posting a season high 12 digs against Dominican in their thrilling 5-set match last Saturday.
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