Freshman sensation Alanis Alvarado has claimed two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) weekly awards in the opening week of the season. Alvarado picked up both the MAAC Player of the Week honor and MAAC Rookie of the Week award.
An outside hitter, Alvarado had a stellar collegiate debut for the Peacocks this week, leading the team to two wins in the opening frame, the first wins for the team since 2015. Alvarado, a 5-11 Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, led the Peacocks with 69 kills and 3.63 kills per set, 25 more kills than the next Peacock and over 1.3 mores kills per set than the next closest teammate. She also ranked second on the team in digs (74) and digs per set (3.89). Out of five matches, Alvarado recorded double figure kills in four matches, registered double digit digs in three matches, posted two double-doubles, and recorded a 20-20 match. She became the first Peacock to post a 20-20 match since 2015.
Alvarado’s stellar offense led the Peacocks to a victory over NJIT (3-2) in the Bucknell Invitational, placing her on the All-Tournament team. Then on Monday night, she guided the team to a road win over Lafayette (3-1) to conclude the week.
Alvarado becomes the league’s first freshman to earn both player and rookie weekly awards in the same week. She claims Saint Peter’s first conference weekly award since Lauren Behren was named Player of the Week back on September 16, 2014.