Hillyer awarded Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week

Adam Williams

Colorado State volleyball again found themselves with a Mountain West Player of the Week.

Redshirt junior Kirstie Hillyer earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week. This follows on the heels of CSU junior Paulina Hougaard-Jensen winning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week.

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This is Hillyer’s third career Mountain West Conference Weekly award.

Hillyer’s efforts lead the Rams defensively to wins against the University of New Mexico and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hillyer’s efforts lead the Rams defensively to wins against the University of New Mexico and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hillyer accumulated 13 blocks between the two matches including four solo blocks. This means that the middle blocker was able to average nearly two blocks per set.

Hillyer was also effective on the scoring front. She tallied 20 kills for the week and was extremely efficient against New Mexico, in which she posted a team-high .533 hitting percentage.

The redshirt junior helped hold New Mexico to a .059 hitting percentage and UNLV to a .154 hitting percentage. These were the second lowest percentages for each team this season.

Kirstie Hillyer helped hold New Mexico to a .059 hitting percentage and UNLV to a .154 hitting percentage.

As a team, the Rams were so efficient that they only required one extra set against New Mexico and no additional sets against UNLV where the Rams took home a sweep.

The Rams have not lost a match in a week that one of the players has been awarded a Mountain West Weekly award and are currently on a five-game winning streak.

Hillyer and the Rams will look to build on their victories when they take on San Diego State at home this Thursday in the first game of a three-game homestand.

Sports reporter Adam Williams can be reached at sports@collegain.com or on Twitter @AdamJ_Williams