Sept. 24, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the fourth time this season, the Molten Patriot League Player of the Week wears black and gold as Army senior outside hitter Ariana Mankus picked up her first weekly award of the season on Monday afternoon.
A three-time All-League pick, this marks Mankus' sixth career Patriot League Player of the Week nod. Army has dominated the Patriot League weekly awards this season, copping four out of the possible five Player of the Week certificates.
Mankus averaged 3.56 kills and 4.44 digs per set while hitting .250 to help the Black Knights to a 2-0 start to Patriot League play, including a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win at defending champion American Friday night. She led all players with 20 kills, including three with no errors in the decisive fifth set, which Army won 15-7. The Black Knights rallied from two sets down in the contest and won at Bender Arena for the second time ever. It also marked Army's first win over American since the 2009 Patriot League Championship match.
The Lisle, Ill., native kept delivering Saturday night with 12 kills on 31 swings with just one error as the Black Knights collected their 11th-straight "Star" against Navy, 3-1.
One of the most prolific offensive players in program history, Mankus passed Sunny Barse '95 to take over second place on Army's all-time kills list with 1,368. Deann Machlan holds the record with 1,718. Mankus is one of just three players in program history to reach the century mark in both kills (1,368) and digs (1,286).
The Black Knights look to extend their current four-match win streak with a pair of Patriot League tests this weekend at Gillis Field House. Army hosts Bucknell on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and Colgate on Saturday, Sept. 29, also at 7 p.m. Both matches will be webcast live on Knight Vision. Click here for more information.