Hills Earns Big Sky Player of the Week Accolades

After earning the award four times a year ago, the senior is named POW for first time in 2009

Eastern Washington University senior outside hitter Hayley Hills was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after helping lead the Eagles to a pair of league victories over the weekend.

Hills had an especially impressive performance on Saturday (Sept. 19), recording 21 kills in just three sets in a 3-0 win over Montana State. That total ties for the eighth-highest in the Big Sky this year in a match of any length and is the most in a three-set contest. She had an especially impressive third set against the Bobcats with 11 putaways in that stanza alone.

In a 3-1 victory over Montana the previous evening, Hills tallied 12 kills, one off the team high for that contest. For the week, Hills averaged 4.71 kills per set (33 total). She also played at a high level defensively, averaging 3.14 digs per set for the week (22 total). Hills contributed five blocks and had two service aces, as well.

Hills recorded her third and fourth double-doubles of the season against the Grizzlies and MSU (with 11 digs both evenings to go with her double-digit kill totals).

After earning Big Sky POW accolades four times last year (a first for an Eagle since Kim Exner earned the honors four times in 1998), she has now attained the award for the first time in 2009.

Hills and the Eagles (6-5, 2-0 BSC) embark on their first league road trip of the season this week. Eastern will face Idaho State on Friday (Sept. 25) and Weber State on Saturday (Sept. 26). Both matches will see a 6 p.m. Pacific Time first serve.


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