HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. -- For the second consecutive week, Hopewell Junction's Megan Theiller has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week. She earned the honor for the conference-best third time this season after helping guide the Fairfield University volleyball team to an unbeaten week of MAAC action.
Theiller, a graduate of John Jay, led the Fairfield attack in a pair of conference road wins as the Stags officially clinched a berth in the MAAC Championship for the 21st consecutive season. She averaged 5.00 kills per set on .354 hitting and aided the defensive effort with 2.57 digs per outing as Fairfield swept Iona, 3-0, and topped Manhattan, 3-1. She added four aces, three blocks and three assists to the victories. Theiller recorded her team-leading 10th double-double with 14 kills on .275 hitting and 12 digs in the win at Iona. At Manhattan, she totaled 21 kills on .436 hitting with six digs in the four-set victory.
On the season, Theiller has helped lead the Stags as a co-captain to a 20-5 overall record and a 13-0 MAAC mark. Fairfield is currently in the midst of a 14-match winning streak – the third-longest active streak in the nation and the Stags’ longest winning streak since taking 20 in a row during the 2006 campaign. Theiller ranks second in the MAAC – trailing only teammate Skyler Day – with 4.02 kills and 4.51 points per set. She slots seventh in the conference with a .276 hitting percentage and adds 2.71 digs per frame to the Fairfield defensive effort. Theiller rounds out her statline with 28 blocks and a team-leading 23 service aces.
Theiller is MAAC’s only three-time Player of the Week this season and has now won the award on four occasions in her career. She was also a five-time MAAC Rookie of the Week in 2014 en route to Rookie of the Year laurels.
For her career with the Stags, Theiller has racked up 967 kills and 922 digs to date. She is in striking distance of becoming the seventh member of Fairfield’s 1,000-kill and 1,000 dig club. Theiller would be just the third Stag to do so while playing entirely in the rallying scoring era (since 2001) and could also become only the third Stag to reach the milestone in her junior season.
Fairfield is back in action this weekend as Rider and Saint Peter’s come to Alumni Hall on Oct. 29-30.
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