Cochran Earns Third NEC Honor of the Season
Freshman Emily Cochran earned Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors after leading CCSU to a 2-0 week, with home wins over Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson. The outside hitter led CCSU with 19 kills and 18 digs in the 3-1 win over Sacred Heart on Friday and recorded a team-high 14 digs in the Blue Devils' sweep of FDU on Saturday. The Adel, IA native finished with 3.57 kills and 4.57 digs per set on the week and recorded a hitting percentage of .222.
This week's accolade marks the third for Cochran this season. She is the third Blue Devil in the past four years to collect three NEC Rookie of the Week honors in a single season. Current junior Amanda Bayer received the award five times in 2007, while senior Jamie Baumert garnered four Rookie of the Week accolades in 2006.
Cochran and the Blue Devils are now 16-13 overall and 10-3 in the NEC. CCSU is third in the conference and have clinched a berth into the league tournament to be held at top seed Long Island on November 21 and 22. It marks the seventh straight season Central will be competing in the Northeast Conference playoffs. CCSU finishes out the regular season with a home match against Bryant on Wednesday, followed by two road matches with LIU and St. Francis (NY) on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.