Junior captain leads Eagles to perfect 2-0 start in Big Sky
After helping the Eastern Washington University volleyball team capture back-to-back victories at home against Weber State and Idaho State, outside hitter Cora Kellerman was selected as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday (Sept. 19) by the league office.
This is the first POW award of Kellerman's career and the first student-athlete from Eastern to be honored in the 2011-12 campaign.
In the two matches played over the weekend, Kellerman averaged 3.75 kills per set on a stellar .310 attack percentage. She also averaged 2.00 digs per set and posted a flawless serve percentage with zero service errors on 32 total attempts. The La Conner, Wash., native scored a team-high 33 points for the Eagles in the two matches combined.
In Eastern's thrilling five-set victory over Idaho State on Saturday (Sept. 17), Kellerman registered a game-high 18 kills. But even more impressive than the total number was her efficiency in the marathon match, as she had zero errors on 44 total attack attempts.
Kellerman also tallied nine digs in the match and had two pivotal service aces in the fourth set that allowed Eastern to rally from a 24-19 deficit. Behind her consistent serving, the Eagles went on a 6-0 run to eventually earn their own set point at 25-24. Unfortunately, the team could not close it out, and ended up falling in the fourth set, 27-25. But then in the decisive fifth set, Kellerman had three kills and a dig to help EWU pull off its fourth five-set victory of the season.
In the 3-0 sweep of Weber State the night before, Kellerman had 12 kills, seven digs and one solo block.
The Eagle volleyball team will be back in action this weekend when it takes on Montana State on Friday (Sept. 23) in Bozeman, followed by Montana on Saturday (Sept. 24) in Missoula.