Jessica Goncalves Earns LEC Honors

Sept. 14, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman setter Jessica Goncalves (New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth volleyball team has been honored by the Little East Conference.

Goncalves has been named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week.

Goncalves was honored for her play last week, helping lead the Corsairs to a 5-0 week and a perfect 4-0 record at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational Tournament, at which they finished first. For the week, she averaged 10.09 assists per game, 0.82 service aces per game and 2.27 digs per game, and was named MVP of the tournament.

"Jessica deserves the honor, base on her play in the tournament, where she pretty much got everyone's vote as the MVP," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve DeRossi. "She has met all of our expectations when we recruited her, and she plays like she's not a freshman. She leads and takes charge like a player with more experience."

UMass Dartmouth is undefeated at 7-0 and will return to action Saturday when they play Keene State and Western Connecticut State.

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