HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Volleyball Head Coach Robin Sparks has announced the team's yearly awards, as voted on by team members. Junior setter Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) earned Team MVP, while freshman Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and graduate student Amanda Armstrong (Waukesha, Wis.) were named Most Improved and Most Inspirational, respectively.
Lawler ran the Bobcats' offense with aplomb as a junior. She finished with 992 assists and compiled a team-best 10 double-doubles. Her 0.47 service aces per set ranked 14th in the nation and her 53 total service aces were easily a team high. Lawler also finished fourth on the team with 239 digs. She was named Quinnipiac's first NEC Player of the Week in nearly nine years on Oct. 11, after leading the Bobcats to a weekend sweep of Saint Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris.
Wright was one of five Bobcats to see action in every set Quinnipiac played in 2010. The freshman defensive specialist finished third on the team in digs (304) and assists (29), while also contributing 16 service aces. Her improvement was evident in the last few matches of the season, as she established a season high with 24 digs on Nov. 10 against Bryant, before again eclipsing the mark with 25 digs on Nov. 14 against Central Connecticut.
Armstrong was an immediate contributor for the Bobcats after transferring from the University of Maine. The middle hitter led the Bobcats with 255 kills and a 2.28 kills per set average. She also had a team-best 70 blocks, including 10 solo blocks and a 0.62 blocks per set average. She also contributed 104 digs and 25 service aces.