Kennedy, Giles Garner America East Weekly Awards
Junior Kira Giles averaged 10.86 assists in two conference matches last week.
, Mass.—Freshman Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) has been named America East Volleyball Rookie of the Week and junior Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) was named Setter of the Week for the week ending Nov. 16. With these two honors, the Retrievers earned 12 weekly awards during the 12-week regular season.
Kennedy led the Retrievers to two conference wins this past week to launch UMBC into the third spot entering the America East Championship. Kennedy hit an outstanding .643 in conference action, and .390 overall with only three errors on 41 attacks. In the two league matches, the rookie recorded 18 kills (2.57 kps) and 11 total blocks (1.57 bps) against Stony Brook and Hartford. For the week, Kennedy finished fifth in the conference with 1.44 bps.
Giles directed the Retriever offense with 90 assists this past week, including averaging 10.86 assists per set in conference wins over Stony Brook and Hartford. Overall, the junior setter averaged 10.00 assists, 2.0 digs and 1.56 blocks per set. In a win against Stony Brook, which clinched a postseason berth for UMBC, Giles recorded 29 assists, an ace, five digs and five blocks. On Sunday against Hartford, Giles posted 47 assists, nine digs, an ace and five blocks in a four-set win. This is the first weekly award of the season from the conference for Giles and her sixth overall.