Setter leads Eastern Washington to pair of Big Sky road wins over the weekend
Eastern Washington University senior setter Ashley Hamilton 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.
Hamilton was an all-around offensive force for the Eagles this week. She helped lead the team to its best hitting percentage of the season (and second-best by any Big Sky team so far in 2009), .390, in a 3-0 sweep of Weber State after setting the team to a dramatic comeback from 2-0 down at Idaho State in a 3-2 win.
Individually, the Alpine, Utah, native averaged 12.25 assists per set, but also was an intimidating offensive threat herself, as she hit at a .600 clip in the two road matches (14-2-20). Defensively, she was solid, averaging 2.50 digs and 0.62 blocks per set in the two contests.
In the five-set win in Pocatello, Hamilton had 55 assists, her highest total of the season and the fifth-highest total by a Big Sky player in 2009. Hamilton hit .500 (8-2-12) that night. She also did the job defensively, as her 14 digs that night was a career high for the setter.
Hamilton had 43 assists in the sweep of the Wildcats, which is a very impressive number for a match just three sets long. It actually comes out to a higher assists-per-set ratio then she achieved the night before (14.33 versus 11.00). She also hit at a .750 clip (6-0-8) in that WSU match.
The award is the first for Hamilton.
She and the Eagles (8-5, 5-0 BSC) will open a four-match homestand on Wednesday (Sept. 30), as Idaho will pay a visit for a 7 p.m. match. Eastern Washington will then return to league play on Friday (Oct. 2) with a 7 p.m. contest versus Sacramento State.