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UMBC Volleyball Freshmen Duo Take Two Of Three Weekly Conference Honors
Kira Giles recorded 50-plus assists twice last week, en route to earning conference Setter of the Week.
Baltimore, Md. - UMBC volleyball freshmen Ashley Oscars (
Oscars earns the award for the conference's top rookie for the second-straight week as she garnered a spot on the Villanova Classic All-Tournament team last weekend after leading UMBC with 4.00 kills per game and 4.61 points per game. Oscars, who has double figure kills in her last seven matches, recorded 13 kills against Sacred Heart, 14 against Holy Cross and 13 against Villanova. Oscars had three service aces and two assisted blocks for 17.0 points in the UMBC win over Sacred Heart. Against Villanova, Oscars hit .281 with four errors on 32 attacks.
Oscars opened the week by recording her first career double-double, tallying 16 kills and 11 digs against Loyola (
Giles continued to run the UMBC offense effectively last week as UMBC went 3-1 on the week, en route to winning her first-ever Setter of the Week award. Giles averaged 11.86 assists per game with 166 total assists on the week. Giles recorded 53 assists for her first 50-plus assist performance in UMBCís 3-1 win over Loyola (
Giles in the Retrieversí three-set win over Sacred Heart handed out 32 assists to go with nine digs before setting a new career high against Holy Cross, handing out 54 assists to top her 53 mark earlier in the week. With 13 digs to go with her 54 assists, Giles tallied her seventh double-double of the year. Giles finished the week with 27 assists and eight digs against Villanova. For the season, Giles is averaging 10.91 apg, a pace that will place her third on UMBCís single-season assists per game chart. She is adding 3.05 digs per game as well.
Giles and Oscars have combined to capture all three of the conferences rookie of the week awards to date this season with Giles winning week one and Oscars winning the last two weeks.