DANBURY, Conn. – Freshman James Safley of the Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball team earned his first collegiate award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference on Wednesday afternoon. Safley garnered the honor of ECAC Division III South Rookie of the week, after leading the Saints to a 2-1 record in the previous week.
This is the first ECAC Rookie of the week Marymount has received since the program began in 2014.
The Saints toppled Marian (Wis.) University and Elmira College this past Friday, and fell in a five-set thriller to Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday. Throughout the weekend, Safley posted 25 kills and notched 30 points.
His most notable achievements came against Elmira College when the Santa Clarita, California native bolstered 11 kills on 15 attempts to rack up a .733 hitting percentage. Against Mount St. Joseph, Safley notched 14 kills and 15 points for the Saints.
Through the first seven matches, Safley currently sits third in kills with 31, second in kills per set with 2.58, and fourth in points with 36 for Marymount. In the four-year history of the program, this season also marks the first time Marymount has been nationally ranked, currently sitting No. 13 in the AVCA.
Safley and the Saints take the court again on Friday, February 17, as they open Continental Volleyball Conference play on the road at Thiel College. First serve is set for 7 p.m., in Greenville, Pennsylvania.