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UNCW's Owney digs her way to CAA defensive honors

Morgan Owney (Source: uncwsports.com) Morgan Owney (Source: uncwsports.com)

UNCW Press Release:

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After setting a career-high with 34 digs versus Campbell and averaging 5.73 digs per set for the week, UNCW's Morgan Owney was named Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player-of-the-Week on Monday.

Owney helped the Seahawks to a 3-1 week with wins over Campbell, Davidson and High Point as UNCW has bolted out to a 9-2 record to start the season. 

"Morgan is gaining more and more confidence with each match and her aggressive effort on the court certainly enhances our speed of play and energy on the court," said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. 

Against Campbell, Owney collected 12 digs in the first set alone, and finished with her career-high of 34. That total ranks amongst the top-10 in the nation this season and is second all-time on UNCW's single match records list. 

Owney, a sophomore from Elizabeth City, N.C., committed just three reception errors and fielded 96.7 percent of her receptions cleanly. 

In addition to her solid defensive efforts, Owney also handed out a career-high six assists against Campbell and doled out 19 assists for the week. 

Owney moved up to fourth in the CAA averaging 4.10 digs per set on the season while the Seahawks top the conference at 16.48 digs per set. 

Owney joins teammate Meredith Peacock as Seahawks to earn the league's Defensive Player-of-the-Week honor. 

UNCW closes out its in-season tournament schedule this weekend when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hokie Invitational. The Seahawks will open with the host Hokies on Friday at 7 p.m. and close out their appearance with matches against Marshall and Radford on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. Please note, Saturday's match with Marshall was changed to 12:30 p.m. because of a football game on the Virginia Tech campus.

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