Duke of the Week: Arielle Love


Following maybe the most important win in program history and the regular season championship clinching game on Saturday, it stands to reason that we choose a volleyball player for Duke of the Week. One woman distinguished herself above the rest, Arielle Love.

Love finished the weekend with 25 kills and only 3 errors including an mishit free afternoon in Philadelphia against LaSalle. She also came up with eight blocks. In the final set against VCU on Friday, Love had 3 kills and 1 block.

On the season, Love led the Dukes in total kills, and hit percentage in spite of missing five games to injury. She also finished third in blocks. The A-10 all conference team comes out later today and I would expect Love to have a place on it.

The Dukes will face St. Louis or Dayton as the one seed in the Atlantic 10 tournament this weekend in the championship semi – finals. A win would mark the program’s first trip to the conference finals in volleyball. A victory in the finals would earn Duquesne its first team NCAA bid since 1977.

 

UPDATE:

The league awards are out and Love was in fact named first team all conference. She’s joined by Alison Foschia and Mary Henry. Marah Farage was second team while Lacey Levers and Maddie Burnham made the all freshman team. The league awarded Henry with Setter of the Year and Steve Opperman with coach of the year.

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