HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Lees-McRae College's Luana Rocha (20-5-0 overall, 11-1-0 conf.) has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas women's volleyball Player of the Week during week number nine in the 2009 season.
The freshman defensive specialist had a career weekend and historical week as the Lady Bobcats went 4-1 overall and 1-0 in Conference Carolinas play.
Rocha started the week off with a 14-dig performance against Belmont Abbey with no reception errors in 25 attempts. Lees-McRae won 3-0.
At Lander's Dig Pink Tournament Rocha was the first Lees-McRae volleyball player to record three 30-dig matches in two days and the first person in Conference Carolinas history. In the first match against Lander she recorded 34 digs in the five set match where Lees-McRae fell 3-2. She had 39 reception attempts and only two errors. In the second match of the day, she had another 34-dig match in a five set win over Francis Marion. She also had 28 receptions with no errors. In the first match on day two of the tournament Rocha set a new career high and Lees-McRae school record with 39 digs in the five set win over UNC-Pembroke. She had 35 receptions with three errors in the match and recorded eight service aces. In the team's final match Rocha had 21 digs in three sets.
Rocha averaged 6.90 digs per set throughout the week. She averages 6.57 digs per set on the season to lead Conference Carolinas.