LEXINGTON, Ky. – Augustana senior middle blocker Holly Hafemeyer was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II National Player of the Week the organization announced on Tuesday. Hafemeyer was also named the NSIC's Offensive Player of the Week yesterday, as she matched her career-high in kills in back-to-back matches last weekend.
Hafemeyer, a native of Faribault, Minn., is the third player in Augustana history to earn AVCA National Player of the Week honors. Hafemeyer is the first player to earn the award since Angie Hummel was tabbed the AVCA National Player of the Week on Oct. 6, 2003. Lindsay Voss also earned the award on Sept. 4, 2000.
Hafemeyer's back-to-back nights of 24 kills each helped the Vikings, who opened the NCAA Central Region rankings at eighth, close the gap on Northern State in the NSIC standings. On the weekend, Hafemeyer totaled 48 kills (6.0 kills/set), a .462 attack percentage (48-6-91), 54 points, and seven total blocks.
Saturday's offensive output from Hafemeyer was one of the greatest performances in Augustana volleyball history. With 26.5 points from 24 kills and three blocks (one solo, three assists), Hafemeyer set a new high in the Augustana record books for points in a three-set match. In the third set against No. 20 Northern State, Hafemeyer drilled 11 kills and tallied two blocks which included scoring five of the seven consecutive points that buried the Wolves.
Hafemeyer has now amassed 1,139 kills in her career while maintaining a .330 attack percentage -- the highest attack percentage of the 21 Augustana volleyball players who have at least 1,000 kills.
Hafemeyer earned her first NSIC player of the week honors by grabbing defensive POW on Sept. 16 after totaling a career-best 11 blocks. Then, Hafemeyer collected her first offensive accolades on Oct. 7 after leading the Vikings over MSU Moorhead and Northern State on the road.
The Vikings close out their regular season with a three-match road trip, heading to Southwest Minnesota State tonight for a 7 p.m. match, before heading North to Minot State and U-Mary on Nov. 15 and 16, respectively.