Sep 2, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Ryan Price of men's soccer and Alessia Pizzoccheri of volleyball have earned Florida Atlantic University's student-athlete of the week honors for their performances over the weekend.
Price led the Owls to a 3-1 victory over the University of Massachusetts Lowell Sunday afternoon. Price assisted Deniz Bozkurt in the first goal of the match in the 35th minute. One minute later, Price, assisted by Ronald Garcia, gained possession of the ball and beat UMass-Lowell's keeper with a low shot to the left side of the net. FAU earned their first win of the season bringing its record to 1-0-1 as the team prepares to host in-state rival FGCU on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
Junior outside hitter Alessia Pizzoccheri led the Owls to a winning record at the FAU Invitational over the weekend. The Cesena, Italy native had a double-double in the final match of the weekend, narrowly missing recording the feat in all three FAU matches. Pizzoccheri has always been a versatile player, and that came through in the tournament. As she led the team in kills, was second in digs and added five blocks for the weekend.
In FAU's sweep of Southeastern Louisiana, she recorded seven kills, 11 digs and two blocks. She followed that up with an 11 kill, nine dig, two block effort vs. Jacksonville, before finishing up with 11 kills and 18 digs vs. Bethune-Cookman. She averaged a team best 2.9 kills and was second on the team with 3.8 digs per set. For her efforts, she was named to the All-Tournament Team. FAU will travel to Jacksonville on Friday, Sept. 6 to face Mississippi Valley State at 10 a.m. followed by North Florida at 7 p.m.