PAWTUCKET, R.I. - In the first installment of the Little East Conference (LEC) Weekly Awards for the 2017-2018 school year, four student-athletes from Keene State earned honors. Senior Rachel Lamica and senior Riley Bunker from the volleyball team, as well as freshman Nina Bruno from the field hockey program and freshman Brandon Castor from the men's soccer program garnered awards for their impressive performances during opening weekend.
Senior Rachel Lamica, from Malone, N.Y., earned the title of LEC Offensive Player of the Week after hitting a .360 clip and tallying 54 kills in a perfect 3-0 weekend for the Owls at the Roger Williams Invitational. Against Bridgewater State, the outside hit .286 with 14 kills, adding five service aces, four digs, two service aces, and a block assist. Lamica continued to improve throughout the weekend, as the senior hit .348 with 22 kills, adding 10 digs, a block assist, and four service aces versus Framingham State. The senior saved the best for last by hitting her highest clip of the weekend against Emerson, as the senior hit .432 with 19 kills and six digs.
Junior Riley Bunker was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week, as the libero racked up a total of 43 digs across three matches. In the Owls' first win of the weekend versus Bridgewater State, Bunker, of Simi Valley, Calif., tallied 12 digs and an impressive five aces. In a comeback win against Framingham State, Bunker had a weekend-high 17 digs, before finishing off the day with 14 digs and one service ace against Emerson.
The Keene State College volleyball team is off to its best start since 2010.
Freshman Brandon Castor earned the title of LEC Rookie of the Week, as the forward was a key component of the Owls advancing and winning the Roger Williams Opening Weekend Tournament title. From Southwick, Mass., Castor scored the seventh and final goal of a penalty-kick shootout to give Keene State the ability to advance to the championship game after a 3-3 tie with Clark for a 4-3 edge. Just one day later, the rookie stepped up to take the fifth penalty-kick after a 1-1 tie with Roger Williams. Castor's converted chance gave the Owls a 5-4 advantage over the Hawks.
Freshman Nina Bruno has been named LEC Rookie of the Week, as the forward made the most of her first two collegiate games in a 1-1 weekend for Keene State. In the first game of her career, Bruno, from Agawam, Mass., scored both goals to lift the Owls to a 2-1 victory over Colby-Sawyer. The freshman then added an assist just a day later in a matchup against No. 17 University of New England.