Sept. 29, 2008
Eastern Washington University junior outside hitter Hayley Hills was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after an outstanding pair of matches. Last week, she helped lead the Eagles to 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Montana State and Montana, respectively.
On Saturday, Hills contributed 28 kills in the win over the Grizzlies, the most by a Big Sky player in 2008. She also hit at a .458 clip (28-6-48) in that contest, the 17th-best by a league player this year (and the second-most by someone with 30 or more attacks in that contest). Defensively, she contributed 15 digs, tied for her personal season high.
Two days earlier, Hills made the most of the few opportunities she had in the quick win over Montana State, hitting .375 (13-4-24) and contributing 13 kills.
For the week, she averaged an incredible 5.86 kills per set and she also hit at a very high percentage, .431 (41-10-72).
On the season, her average of 4.26 kills per set leads the Big Sky and ranks her 19th among all NCAA Division I players. In a 3-2 win at Weber State on Sept. 18, Hills had 26 kills, the second-most by a league player so far this year.
The pair of wins helped the Eagles to sole possession of second place in the Big Sky Conference with a 3-1 record (Portland State leads the league with a 4-0 mark).
Eastern Washington will next play at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday (Oct. 2) at Northern Colorado.