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Canto-Ponce Named Patriot League Volleyball Player of the Week

Oct. 2, 2006

EASTON, Pa. ( - Following a 3-0 week in which the Lafayette volleyball team extended its win streak to four matches, the Patriot League named right side hitter Veronica Canto-Ponce (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) its Baden Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 30. The senior has been the focus of Lafayette's attack all season, leading the Leopards to wins in nine of their last ten matches to improve to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in the league.

Canto-Ponce hit for a .410 percentage with 37 kills and only five errors in 10 games played. She managed a season-high .625 attack percentage in the Leopards' dominating victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and hit over .375 in a pair of key Patriot League victories over Colgate and Bucknell on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, respectively. Canto-Ponce recorded double-doubles (kills, digs) in both weekend matches, bringing her season total to five.

The tri-captain utilized her bullet jump serve to amass 14 aces on the week, including a season-high seven in the Leopards' 3-1 triumph over Colgate. She added 16 kills, 12 digs and a pair of blocks in arguably her best all-around match of the season. Canto-Ponce also added to her Lafayette aces record, which now includes 218 in her career. She moved into fourth place on the Patriot League's career aces list and is one of just two active players to rank in the league's career record books.

In the Leopards' first win over Bucknell since Oct. 1, 2004, Canto-Ponce averaged five kills a game, totaling 15 in the 3-0 win. She matched that mark with 15 digs to go with three blocks, two assists and four aces.

The Golden State native ranks fifth in the league with 174 kills for 3.62 per game. She also ranks second in service aces (32; 0.67 per game) and fifth in points (221.5; 4.61 per game). The Leopards are third in the current Patriot League standings, trailing American (11-6, 4-0) and Army (13-3, 4-1).

Three Lafayette players garnered honorable mention accolades for their standout efforts last week. The league honored freshman libero Kari Horn, sophomore setter Megan Carter and junior middle Maura Kelly.

Lafayette returns to the court for a non-league contest against NJIT on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at Kirby Sports Center.