Jan. 29, 2009
The Eastern Washington University volleyball team recently
announced the recipients of its team awards for the 2008
Senior libero Mandy Daniels and junior outside hitter Hayley Hills were named Co-Most Valuable Players after their outstanding seasons.
The two also received plaques commemorating their entrance into the 1,000-dig and 1,000-kill clubs, respectively. Only seven players in Eagle history have ever attained 1,000 career digs, and eight have reached 1,000 kills.
This is the second-straight year Hills has been honored as a team MVP. Daniels had previously earned the Eagle Award in 2007 and was named Most Improved in 2006.
After improving her blocking and defensive play throughout the year, sophomore middle blocker Allison Reinstein was named the Most Improved.
The Most Inspirational honors went to junior setter Amanda Yausie, an energetic player who showed a high level of enthusiasm every time she stepped on the court.
Earning the Eagle Award was junior setter Ashley Hamilton. That honor is earned by the player who exemplifies the qualities that are valued by the team as a whole – leadership, commitment and work ethic.
The Teammate of the Year was senior outside hitter Chelsea Ross. This award is voted on by the players and is a reflection of that student-athlete’s impact on her teammates. It is the first of its kind at Eastern. Ross was also previously named the squad’s Most Inspirational in 2006.
Also, the team was presented the trophy for claiming the Big Sky Conference regular-season title, which was accepted by Ross, Daniels and Hills. The crown was Eastern’s first since 2004 and fourth in the past seven campaigns.
The Eagles were also recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. The team combined for a 3.55 grade point average in fall quarter 2008.