Olivia Fairfield Named Rookie Of The Week

Freshman Middle Blocker Olivia Fairfield

Freshman Middle Blocker Olivia Fairfield

Oct. 21, 2013

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – Freshman middle blocker Olivia Fairfield earned her third straight Molten Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor for her efforts on the volleyball court helping Army to a pair of conference wins over Holy Cross last week.

The Iowa City, Iowa, native helped the Black Knights capture two Patriot League sweeps over Holy Cross on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 19. Army has improved its record to 11-8 overall and 8-1 in the conference with a first-place mark in the Patriot League standings. Fairfield is the only rookie player to start and compete in every match of the season thus far.

Fairfield managed a season-best five service aces the first meeting with the Crusaders and added seven kills. The plebe middle blocker also had an average hitting percentage of .545 and contributed two blocks and six kills when the Black Knights traveled to Holy Cross on Saturday.

Since being moved to middle blocker from outside hitter, Fairfield has been unstoppable at the ranking among the league leaders in a trio of categories. Fairfield ranks second in the league with an average hitting percentage of .364. The Black Knight also holds the seventh-place spot with 214 kills and comes in ninth with 58 blocks. This is Fairfield’s third straight Rookie of the Week honor and fourth recognition of the 2013 season.

Along with Fairfield’s citation, senior middle blocker Megan Wilton earned Patriot League Honorable Mention laurels. Wilton averaged 3.33 kills per frame and hit .400 in Army’s two league wins over Holy Cross. Wilton tallied five blocks, including four in Saturday’s 3-0 victory in Worcester, Mass.

Army will resume play in Pennsylvania this weekend for two Patriot League matches. The Black Knights will travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for the match against Bucknell on Friday, Oct. 25, and will compete with Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Bethlehem, Pa. Live stats and video will be available for both matches on the schedule pages of www.bucknellbison.com and www.lehighsports.com.

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