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Messiah Junior Lauren Rees Named Commonwealth POW
Posted: 10/3/2011
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Messiah junior Lauren Rees (12) was named Commonwealth Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, 2011.

Grantham, PA – Messiah College junior Lauren Rees was named Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week for women’s volleyball on Monday, recognition for her outstanding play last week. Rees led the Falcons to a record of 2-1 in their last three matches, including a thrilling four-set victory of Commonwealth rival Lebanon Valley College (LVC).

In Messiah’s win over the Dutchmen, Rees hit an impressive .396 while collecting 19 kills against zero errors. She also added 15 digs for the Falcons as they moved to 3-0 in the Commonwealth, good for first place.

In the win, the Falcons overcame a 25-23 first-set loss to roll to a four-set win, earning a dramatic 25-23 win in the fourth set after trailing 7-0. Ress, with her 19 kills, was a difference-maker for the Falcons that evening.

“Lauren really rose to the occasion against LVC,” said Messiah head coach Judi Tobias. “She was very motivated for that match, and she knew what we needed from her. She stepped up and really performed.”

Over the weekend, Messiah (12-5, 3-0) went 1-1 in the annual MAC Crossover, defeating Misericordia in four sets while dropping a three-set match to DeSales University. Rees, an outside hitter from Oakdale, NY, collected an additional 27 kills and 15 digs across the two matches.

“This recognition speaks to Lauren’s solid play,” said Tobias. “We know we can count on her to be a leader and to be a leading hitter for us. In the league, she is one of the best.”

Tobias’ comments are not unwarranted as Rees leads the Falcons with 199 kills across 61 sets, good for a team-leading 3.26 kills/set.

“She’s very driven, and very focused,” added Tobias. “She’s also very coachable and has been an encouragement to her teammates. She’s obviously a big part of what we’re trying to do, which is be the best team in our conference.”

Messiah will continue toward that goal this week when they travel to Elizabethtown College on Tuesday, October 4. Their match-up with the Blue Jays (4-12, 1-2) is set for 7:00 p.m.