BENNINGTON, Vt. — For the third time this season, Southern Vermont College senior Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) has been named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Volleyball Player of the Week, this time for the period ending March 29, 2015 as announced by the league on Monday.
Dighton had a strong two matches last week for the Mountaineers, helping them go 1-1 in NECC action. He hit .486 in the two contests, totaling 19 kills while recording just one attacking error in each match. Dighton added a service ace and four blocks on Senior Night in a tough defeat by Endicott and added two more block assists in a weekend win over Lesley.
In Saturday's victory, and his last home match in an SVC uniform, he notched a contest-high 12 kills with just the one hitting error on 18 swings for a .611 attack percentage. That helped the Mountaineers lock up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NECC playoff tournament and break the team's all-time wins record.
The senior middle was also chosen as the NECC Player of the Week on January 26 and February 23 of this season. With the three top honors picked up by classmate Scott Fitzgerald (Queensbury, N.Y.), Mountaineers have now been named the NECC Player of the Week six out of the 10 times it's been awarded this year.
Dighton and Southern Vermont return to action on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. NECC contest at Elms College.