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Smolinski Tabbed NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week

Smolinski Tabbed NEWMAC Women's Volleyball Player of the Week Wellesley, Mass. - October 15, 2012 - Tessa Smolinski was tabbed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball Player of the Week following a standout week for Springfield in which the Pride went 4-1.

This marks the second time this season that the Hebron, Conn. native has been chosen as the conference's player of the week.

In five matches, Smolinski totaled 77 kills, averaging 4.05 per set at a .317 clip while also recording 80 digs, averaging 4.21 per set.

She opened the weekend with 12 kills, hitting .385, to go along with 25 digs in a sweep of conference-foe Babson. Over the weekend, Springfield went 3-1 at the Salisbury Invitational and she earned All-Tournament team honors. She opened play with 15 kills and eight digs in a four-set win over Richard Stockton before tallying seven kills and eight digs in a loss to host Salisbury.

She then dominated in a five-set win over New Paltz, racking up 27 kills and 23 digs, before turning in 16 kills and 16 digs in a victory against Mary Washington.

Smolinski and Pride will host Smith on Tuesday evening in conference action.

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