October 31, 2011

Kellerman Garners Second POW Honor of Season

Junior outside hitter has back-to-back double-doubles and posts two career highs in weekend sweep of the Montana schools

For the second time this season, Cora Kellerman of the Eastern Washington University volleyball team was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, announced Monday (Oct. 31) by the league office.

The junior from La Conner, Wash., led Eastern in two wins against Montana and Montana State, as the Eagles (12-11, 8-4 Big Sky) now sit comfortably in third place in the Big Sky standings. The victories this past weekend also kept alive two long-standing streaks, as EWU earned its 16th-straight win against the Grizzlies at Reese Court and the 11th-consecutive win at home versus MSU.

On the weekend, Kellerman averaged 4.89 kills per set on a stellar .384 attack percentage, and had 28 digs (3.11/set) and four blocks. She scored 46 points for her team in the two matches combined, which was 18 more than the next closest person.

In Eastern's thrilling five-set victory against Montana on Friday (Oct. 28), Kellerman posted a career-high 25 kills, and had only four errors on 63 total swings. She had five kills alone in the decisive fifth set, while hitting a .417 clip. She also had 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.

Kellerman's 25 kills in that match is the third-best offensive performance turned in by any player in the Big Sky this season. The win against the Grizzlies also gave Eastern its first regular-season series sweep of UM since 2007.

The following night against Montana State, Kellerman picked up right where she left off on Friday, tallying 19 kills, 17 digs and four blocks. She had just two errors on 36 total attempts for a career-best .472 attack percentage.

On the season, Kellerman averages a team-leading 3.16 kills per set, which ranks fifth overall in the Big Sky Conference. Her 2.66 digs per set average is third on the team behind Eastern's liberos. She is in the top 10 in the league in points per set, averaging 3.42.

Including the two last weekend, Kellerman has registered seven double-doubles on the year, and has had three outings with 20+ kills.

The Eagles will play their final two road matches of the Big Sky season this weekend, starting with Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on Thursday (Nov. 3). Eastern then takes on Northern Colorado on Saturday (Nov. 5) in Greeley. The four teams with the best record at the end of the regular season will advance to the Big Sky Conference Tournament, held Nov. 25-26 in Portland, Ore.

Portland State is currently leads the league race with a 9-3 record, while Northern Colorado is in second at 8-3. Behind Eastern in fourth is Sacramento State at 6-4, and Northern Arizona is a half-game back from there at 6-5.

View: Mobile | Desktop