Kirstie Hillyer awarded for dominant performance

Tyler Meguire

The No. 14 nationally-ranked Colorado State women’s volleyball team just keeps winning, as a team and as individuals.

Senior Kirstie Hillyer has been a key contributor for the Rams this season. Hillyer is second on the team in kills with 154 and second on the team in blocks with 72. On Monday, Hillyer received Mountain West Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week for the first time since outside hitter Breana Runnels won the award in back-to-back weeks in mid-September. And surprise, the Rams went 2-0 this weekend in two sweeps.

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Kirstie Hillyer (13) calls for a touch against the University of New Mexico Lobos. (Luke Bourland | The Collegian)

In the matchup against Fresno State, Hillyer tallied a 0.636 hitting percentage. Against San Diego State, she racked up a 0.667 hitting percentage to finish the weekend with an impressive 0.655 hitting average with no hitting errors.

Some athletes rely on accuracy, and some rely on power. Hillyer displayed both last weekend. She had seven kills against Fresno State.

One of her kills marked a huge milestone for her: the 1000th kill of her Rams career. Hillyer’s milestone came the game after she recorded 500 career blocks in a win against the Air Force Academy. 

In the matchup against SDSU, Hillyer dominated with 12 kills, bringing her weekend total to 19 and an average of 3.17 kills per set. Even with all the activity on the net, Hillyer did not commit a single hitting error over the weekend.

The Rams are not new to awards. This marks CSU’s fourth Mountain West Peak Player of the Week award for the season. Hillyer’s Offensive Player of the Week is her first of the season and the sixth of her career. 

The Rams have a record of 16-1 (6-0 in conference), and that one loss came in their second match of the season. Since Aug. 31, the Rams have won 15 straight games, holding the opposition to a .105 hitting mark. 

CSU will look to continue its streak on the road this Thursday against Boise State. Then, they will travel to Logan to face off against Utah State on Oct. 19.

Tyler Meguire can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @TMeguire