Player of the Week: October 7, 2013

Each Monday during the indoor and sand seasons, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

Week #7: Kelsie Wills

Hofstra University
Junior, Outside Hitter
Home: Walton, New Zealand.
Reported by AVSR Global in 2010.
See Kelsie Wills’s bio at the Hofstra University web site.

Last Week’s Action:

• The Colonial Athletic Association’s top hitter thumped Delaware and Towson on the road.
• Wills scored 36 kills at .299 efficiency in the two wins, lifting Hofstra to a 12-6 record.
• She’s leading the CAA this year with 4.6 kills per set.
• Wills powered Hofstra to last year’s CAA title and its first NCAA tourney bid since 2006.

Excerpt from 2010 AVSR Global report:

“Exciting but unrefined player with a lively body and sharp instincts. … Especially dangerous at terminating off-target sets. … Can play six rotations in the top third of Division I.”

Other Notables Last Week:

Erika Gelzinyte

Columbus State University, Freshman, Outside Hitter.
Home: Siauliai, Lithuania.
Led CSU to two more wins in the school’s stunning first year of volleyball since 1981.

Laura Avena

Macalester College, Senior, Opposite/Outside Hitter.
Home: Cesis, Latvia.
Won the MIAC league’s Player of the Week award, then drilled 44 kills at .306 efficiency.

Kiriana Hirini

University of Alabama-Birmingham, Junior, Middle Blocker.
Home: Tauranga, New Zealand.
Hit .403 on a C-USA road trip, rolling on as one of the league’s top hitters and blockers.