We’re big fans of McCutchan … so is the Patriot League

Got this press release from Lehigh University, which announced today that former La Caada volleyball star Courtney McCutchan was selected Rookie of the Week in the Patriot League.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman Courtney McCutchan of the Lehigh volleyball team was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday, as announced by the league office.

McCutchan was instrumental in the Mountain Hawks’ three victories over the weekend, posting two double-doubles and 11 or more digs in each of her last three matches at the Courtyard by Marriott Invitational in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Courtney got off to the start that we expected from her,” Lehigh coach Jenny Maurer said. “She is a solid all-around player and her stats are indicative of that. She helped from the service line, she had key blocks and the double-doubles speak to her offensive and defensive skills as well.”

The La Canada, Calif. native tallied eight kills and 16 digs against St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday as the Mountain Hawks won their first game of the 2010 season. McCutchan followed the performance with a 13-kill, 11-dig outing against Robert Morris and an 11-kill, 12-dig line vs. Radford on Saturday. McCutchan also chipped in with six block assists and six service aces over the weekend as the Brown and White completed the tournament with a 3-1 record.

Lehigh has not opened a season with three wins in the first four matches since the 1995 campaign when the squad started 4-0.

The Mountain Hawks will look to continue their fast start on Friday, September 3 in the Sacred Heart Invitational in Fairfield, Conn. Lehigh opens the tournament against hosts Sacred Heart at 4 p.m., before taking on Jacksonville and Dartmouth the following afternoon.

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