MEDFORD – Senior middle hitter Christina Nwankpa of the #17 Tufts University volleyball team has been named as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Co-Player of the Week following her performance during a 2-0 weekend for the Jumbos.
Nwankpa started in all six sets Tufts played during last week. In their NESCAC match-ups with Hamilton and Williams, she tallied 23 kills on 32 attacks for a kill percentage of .656. She also added eight blocks and four digs on the defensive side of the ball.
In the first match of the week, Tufts earned a 3-0 victory over Hamilton. Nwankpa led all players with 11 kills with a .588 kill percentage. She added two digs and five blocks, one solo and four assisted, to aid her 14 points in the match.
Then on Saturday against Williams, the Jumbos cruised to a 3-0 victory. The senior again finished with a match-high 12 kills on .733 hitting. This is the sixth time in her career that she has recorded 12 kills, which is her career-high.
This is the third time the Jumbos have earned the NESCAC Player of the Week honor this season. Classmates Maddie Stewart and Brigid Bell have received the honor earlier this year. This is Nwankpa's first Player of the Week honor of her career.
Through the first month of the season Nwankpa leads the NESCAC in blocks with 50 total while averaging 1.06 blocks per set. She also ranks in the top-20 in kills (114) and kills per set (2.43) in in the NESCAC.
Wesleyan's Phia Bellizzi joins Nwankpa as the volleyball Co-Player of the Week.
Nwankpa and the 14-0 Jumbos return to the floor on Friday at Clark University for a 6 pm start.