Written By: WAC Media Relations
DENVER, CO - New Mexico State sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 20-26. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Hays.
The Hereford, Texas native tallied 63 kills, 29 digs, five assists and five blocks over three matches en route to earning MVP honors at the Northern Illinois Invitational last week. Hays averaged 5.25 kills on .348 hitting, 2.42 digs, 0.42 assists and 0.42 blocks as she led New Mexico State to the tournament title with wins over Wichita State, North Dakota State and Northern Illinois. She opened the week with 20 kills, eight digs and two blocks in a win over Wichita State, which received votes in the AVCA preseason poll. Against North Dakota State, Hays posted a double-double of 25 kills on .400 hitting and 10 digs. She closed out the tournament with 18 kills, 11 digs and three blocks at Northern Illinois for her 14th career double-double. She posted the match-high in kills in all three matches.
Other nominees included: Denver’s Faimie Kingsley was named to the Rams Volleyball Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 2.22 kills and 1.89 blocks per set ... Allison (Walker) Baker of Idaho was named to the all-tournament team at the Idaho Nike Invitational after averaging 4.93 kills, 3.29 digs and 0.79 blocks over three matches ... Louisiana Tech’s Maria Coelho was named to the all-tournament team at the Southern Miss Invitational after averaging 8.20 assists, 1.90 digs and 0.80 blocks over the three matches ... Hanah Blume of San Jose State posted three double-doubles and was named to the UB Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 3.58 kills and 3.92 digs per set ... Seattle U’s Katylyn Dill averaged 3.67 kills and 2.27 digs and was named to the all-tournament team at the Wyoming Invitational as the Redhawks went 2-2 ... Shelby Dickson of UT Arlington posted three double-doubles and averaged 4.30 kills and 4.00 digs per set en route to all-tournament team honors at the UTA Invitational ... UTSA’s McKenzie Adams was named to the Blue Raider Bash all-tournament team after posting a pair of double-doubles and averaging 4.17 kills and 3.25 digs per set ... Ashlee Hilbun of Texas State was named to the Texas A&M Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 3.30 kills and 1.40 digs per set ... Utah State’s Josselyn White was named to the all-tournament team at the Utah State Invitational after averaging 2.90 kills and 2.30 digs per set as the Aggies went 3-1.