13 Hayley Hills
13 Hayley Hills
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Quesnel, B.C.
High School: Correlieu Secondary '06
Position: OH
Experience: 3L

2008: Hills followed up an impressive season with Big Sky Conference Player of the Year accolades, becoming just the fifth Eagle to ever be named POY. She also laid claim to four Big Sky Player of the Week awards, marking the first time an Eagle has done so four times in one campaign since Kim Exner achieved the feat in 1998. In addition, Hills was named a CVU.com Top Performer of the Week three times and earned Stellar Spiker honorable mention accolades from that organization following her outstanding campaign. Her kills-per-set average of 4.58 ranked her eighth among NCAA Division I players, first among Big Sky players, and was the third-best in school history. She helped the Eagles as a team tally 13.82 kps, the 27th-best average nationally and tops in the Big Sky. Hills was named to the All-Hilton Classic and All-Idaho Volleyball Classic teams. In a 3-1 win over Idaho State on Oct. 23, she recorded 30 kills to achieve a 30-kill match for the second time in her career (her previous 30-kill performance also came against the Bengals, on Sept. 15, 2007). Hills now owns two of the three 30-kill matches in Eastern Washington history (the school record of 34 was set by Exner on Sept. 6, 1996). The kill total was also the highest by any Division I player in 2008 in a match less than five sets long. In a 3-1 win over Big Sky champion Portland State on Oct. 10, Hills recorded just the 18th 20-20 performance in EWU annals, tallying 20 kills and 21 digs. She was just the eighth Eagle to do so in a match fewer than five sets long. In a 3-1 road win over Sacramento State in the regular-season finale, a victory that clinched for Eastern the Big Sky’s regular-season title, Hills entered herself into the prestigious 1,000-kill club. Her milestone putaway earned EWU a 4-0 lead in the second set. In that match, she tallied 25 kills and hit .352 (25-6-54). She is now one of only eight Eagles to achieve that feat and will enter her senior season sixth on the all-time kills list in EWU history with 1,053. At the Big Sky Championship, she averaged 4.86 kps and 2.71 dps and earned All-Championship honors. Her current career kps average of 3.99 places her second on that record list.

2007: Hills had an outstanding season for the Eagles and was rewarded for her efforts with an appointment to the All-Big Sky Conference first team. Her 4.38 kills per set average was not only the third-highest among Big Sky Conference players and 70th-best nationally, but also placed her fifth in Eastern Washington annals. Her total number of kills (491) is fourth all-time. Additionally, Hills was second on the squad with 2.54 digs and 0.21 service aces per set. She led the Eagles in kills in 26-of-30 matches and posted 20+ kill totals 11 times, including in seven straight matches from Oct. 13-Nov. 3. Hills also contributed double-digit dig totals 14 times and set her then-career high in that category with 19 against Montana and Montana State on Oct. 25 and 27, respectively. The outside hitter got her season off to an impressive start, being named to the all-tournament team at each of the three pre-conference tournaments Eastern Washington participated in, the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic, the PowerAde/Asics Classic and the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Classic. In a 3-1 win over Idaho State on Sept. 15, she came within four of the school record for kills with 30 (Kim Exner had 34 versus Portland on Sept. 6, 1996). She had 20 putaways in a three-set contest with Sacramento State, the most in three sets since Lizzy Mellor had 21 in a sweep of Gonzaga on Oct. 18, 2005. Hills earned Co-Big Sky Player of the Week accolades on Oct. 22 after leading the Eagles to a pair of 3-1 road wins over Idaho State and Weber State. On Oct. 25, in Eastern Washington’s incredible 30-26, 35-37, 40-38, 22-30, 17-15 win over Montana in the second-highest scoring match in NCAA Division I history, she had two of EWU’s biggest kills of the season, turning around a match point and a 14-13 deficit in the fifth set into a 16-15 advantage with a pair of putaways.

2006: Hills finished the season with a .270 hitting percentage, the fourth-highest on the team, and averaged 1.60 kills per set, good for fifth-best on the squad. In an early-season four-set win over Texas-San Antonio, she contributed 14 kills, 13 digs and three service aces. All three totals would be season highs for Hills. She also hit .353 in that contest. That match allowed her to become one of just 45 Big Sky players in 2006 to attain a double-double. She had seven kills in a 3-0 sweep of Manhattan and tallied 13 in a sweep of St. Francis (N.Y.) two days later.

High School: Hills was selected by Sports B.C. as the High School Female Athlete of the Year in volleyball for the province of British Columbia. In 2006, she was named the MVP of the Provincial Volleyball Championships, as she led her team to a silver medal finish. She was a member of the British Columbia Provincial Team and the Quesnel Cobras club volleyball program. Her parents are Rock and Laura Hills, and she is a communications major.

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