Oct. 22, 2007
Eastern Washington University sophomore outside hitter Hayley Hills was named Co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week following two outstanding performances in 3-1 comeback road wins over Idaho State and Weber State on Thursday and Saturday (Oct. 18 and 20).
Hills averaged 5.38 kills and 3.38 digs per game in the two contests; her kills average was by far the highest on the team, while her digs average was second on the Eagle squad. She also had a pair of service aces and three blocks.
The Quesnel, B.C., native set the team pace in kills in both of Eastern's victories, while she led the team in digs in one and was second on the Eagle squad in the other.
"Hayley had a really good weekend, and we're very excited she got Co-Big Sky Player of the Week," interim head coach Irene Matlock said. "She's been leading for us in the outside hitter position and to be able to do that as a sophomore is very exciting.
"She couldn't have done it without our middles being productive; it doesn't open up the outside unless Alli (Reinstein) and Chenoa (Coviare) are doing their jobs. It's definitely a team effort when anything like this happens."
For the season, she has 4.17 kills per game, which ranks her third among all Big Sky players. She is second on the team in digs per game with 2.38 and in service aces per game with 0.23. Hills is also fifth in blocks per game with 0.48.
Hills is the first Eastern player to be named league POW since Brittney Page earned honors on Oct. 16, 2006. She shared this week's accolades with Northern Arizona's Kim Babcock.
Hills and the Eagles return home this week to start a stretch of 5-of-7 matches to be played in the friendly confines of Reese Court. First up are the Montana schools, as EWU takes on Montana and Montana State on Thursday and Saturday (Oct. 25 and 27), respectively. First serve for both matches is slated for 7 p.m.