Player of the Week: October 3, 2011

Each Monday in the fall, one collegiate player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR is named AVSR Player of the Week for her performance in the past week and current season.

Player of the Week:Kelsie Wills

Hofstra University
Freshman; 6'1"Outside Hitter
Home:Walton, New Zealand
Reported by AVSR:October 2010
See Kelsie Wills's bio at the Hofstra University web site.

Last week’s action:
• Led Hofstra, the Colonial league’s most improved team, with 36 kills, 24 digs and a .346 hitting rate as the Pride swept Delaware 3-0 and fell to Towson 3-1.
• Scored her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the year, collecting double-digit kills and digs in both matches. Averaged 5.1 kills and 3.4 digs per set.
• Has boosted Hofstra to an 11-8 mark in her first season. The Pride finished last year at 10-24.

Excerpt from original AVSR report (2010):
“Exciting but unrefined player with a lively body and sharp instincts everywhere on the court. .... Has big moments as an athletic, aggressive swinger. Especially dangerous at terminating off-target sets. .... Can transition swiftly from passing to attacking.”

Special Mention:Asia Stawicka

Georgia Institute of Technology
Senior; 6'1½"Middle Blocker
Home:Warsaw, Poland
Reported by AVSR:April 2007
See Asia Stawicka's bio at the Georgia Tech web site.

Last week’s action:
• Posted 13 blocks (1.6/set) and hit at .579 precision as Georgia Tech lost to North Carolina and North Carolina State. Drilled 23 kills with one error in 38 swings.
• Ranks fifth among Atlantic Coast Conference blockers this year, scoring 1.16 blocks per set.
• An ACC star since freshman year, Stawicka ranks fourth in Georgia Tech history in career hitting percentage (.343) and sixth in career blocks (1.10 per set).

Excerpt from original AVSR report (2007):
"Swift, springy athlete and a rangy, experienced middle. .... Approach footwork is backwards, although she jumps from evenly-planted feet. .... Outstanding blocking range. .... Sees the court well and makes sharp decisions as a poised, even-keel competitor."