NORTH BOSTON, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona setter Connor Baker (Red Lion, Pennsylvania/Red Lion) was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Week in men’s volleyball on March 21.
Baker had a great week setting the Lions’ offense while also providing strong defense, helping Penn State Altoona go 3-0 in AMCC matches against Saint Vincent, Thiel, and Medaille Colleges.
In Wednesday night’s 3-1 win at St. Vincent, Baker totaled 44 assists to go along with 13 digs, two kills, and one block assist. In Saturday’s 3-2 victory in the AMCC Match of the Week at Thiel, he recorded 49 assists — a total which ranks as the fourth-most assists in a single match in Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball history — while adding nine digs, three block assists, one service ace, and one kill. Later that day, in the Lions’ 3-1 win over Medaille, Baker recorded 33 assists, 10 digs, two kills, and one block assist.
In three matches last week, Baker totaled 126 assists (9.69 assists per set), 32 digs (2.46 digs per set), five block assists (0.38 blocks per set), and five kills (0.38 kills per set). He currently leads the AMCC this season in assists per set (8.79).
This is Baker’s first collegiate AMCC Player of the Week award.
Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball is 12-7 overall, including 9-2 in the AMCC. The Lions’ next matches are in Hamburg, New York, on Saturday, March 26, when the team will face Hilbert College at noon and Hiram College at 2:30 p.m.