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Paige VanderWall Nets First Player of the Week Honor of 2018

Paige VanderWall Nets First Player of the Week Honor of 2018

More than half the time the ball was set to Paige VanderWall last week, it resulted in a point for the Hillsdale College volleyball team. Pulling off that feat in one match is noteworthy. Doing it across a three-match week is award-worthy.

VanderWall, a senior right-side hitter for Hillsdale College, was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference West Division Player of the Week Monday afternoon. She's the first Charger to win a weekly conference award this year, and surely won't be the last.

In matches versus Ohio Valley, Ashland and Missouri-St. Louis, VanderWall was a dominant force on offense, compiling 45 kills, averaging five per set for the week. Her 20 kills against Ashland were the second-most in a match in her career. In her home season debut Thursday against the Fighting Scots, she needed only two sets to put down 9 kills in leading Hillsdale to a 3-0 win.

She put on a show in Saturday afternoon's 3-0 win over Missouri-St. Louis, leading Hillsdale with 16 kills against just one hitting error. 

For the week, she had a .519 hitting percentage, an absurdly good number in a three-match stretch. She had 45 kills and 5 errors in 77 total attempts. On defense, she had 18 digs, 2 total blocks and picked up 6 assists for Hillsdale. This is the second time the reigning G-MAC Player of the Year has won conference player of the week honors. She is originally from East Kentwood, Michigan.