Thatcher, Falcusan Earn Weekly Conference Awards
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior right-side hitter Morgan Thatcher (Brockton, Mass.) and senior setter Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich.) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team earned America East's Player and Setter of the Week awards, respectively, announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
Thatcher earned her third Player of the Week honor this season and second in as many weeks, after leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 weekend with road wins over UMBC and Binghamton. She totaled 35 kills and averaged 3.89 kills per set (ranking third in the conference) with a .351 hitting percentage (fifth in the conference) last week. Thatcher also added nine digs and seven blocks. In the five-set win over UMBC, Thatcher led the Wildcats with 18 kills and a .405 hitting percentage. She only had three attack errors in the entire five-set match. The junior also led the team with 17 kills in the four-set win over Binghamton. Thatcher has led UNH in kills in every match during the team's six-match winning streak, averaging 4.24 kills per set and a .307 hitting percentage in that span. She leads the Wildcats in kills (269) and kills per set (3.54) this season, racking up double-digit kills in all but three of the team's 19 matches.
Falcusan quarterbacked UNH to a league-best .274 hitting percentage, averaging 11.44 assists per set. She logged 50-plus assists in both wins, posting 51 against UMBC before racking up 52 at Binghamton in four sets. Falcusan has recorded at least 30 assists in the last six matches since she missed the first three weeks of the season due to injury. UNH is on a six-match winning streak since Falcusan returned to the starting lineup as the setter has averaged 10.80 assists per set in that span, leading her team to a .252 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats look to keep it going on Friday, Oct. 5 when they play host to Stony Brook at 7 p.m.