October 27, 2008

Hills Rides 30-Kill Output to Big Sky Player of the Week Honors

Oct. 27, 2008

Eastern Washington University junior outside hitter Hayley Hills was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday (Oct. 27) after she had an impressive week in leading the Eagles to three successive home wins, two in league play.

Most notable of her three performances was a 30-kill output in a 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 win over Idaho State on Thursday (Oct. 23). That sum is the most by an NCAA Division I player this year in a four-set match and is the highest kill total by a Big Sky player in a contest of any length in 2008.

In fact, Hills now holds the four highest kill totals posted by any Big Sky player this year after earlier contributing 28, 26 and 26 putaways in separate matches.

For the week's three matches, she averaged 5.73 kills per set and hit .310 (63-18-145), while also averaging 2.55 digs per set, second on the team in that category behind libero Mandy Daniels.

Her impressive efforts helped lead the Eagles to a perfect 3-0 week with a sweep of Seattle University in addition to a pair of 3-1 wins over Idaho State and Weber State. The league wins kept Eastern in a second-place tie in the league standings with Portland State at 7-3, just behind 8-2 Northern Colorado.

The award is her third of the season, and she is now the first Eagle to do so three times in one campaign since Janelle Ruen was honored thrice in 2002.

Hills and the Eagles play at Montana at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 30) in their next match.

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