Taylor and Williams Tabbed #A10VB Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Saint Louis’ Maya Taylor was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, while Fordham’s Morgan Williams was named Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. La Salle’s Rachel Hess earned Rookie of the Week accolades. The Awards, which are the first of the 2019 season, are for matches player Aug. 29 - Sept. 1.
Taylor carried SLU to three wins and a tournament victory over the weekend at home for the Billikens’ first 3-0 season start since 2008. The junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho was named tournament MVP with the match-high in kills (20, 17, 17) in each of the three games the Billikens played. In two of the games, Taylor had double-digit digs (15, 8, 11) to go with her kills. She also tallied five service aces.
Williams started all 13 sets as Fordham’s libero and enjoyed a record-setting weekend at the Georgia State Invitational. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif., totaled 86 total digs over three matches (6.62 per set) and made just three errors on 66 serve receptions (.955). In the season opener, Williams would've bested her own two-time, three-set record had the team not lost late in the third set, finishing with 24 over four frames. The next evening, however, Williams set the program's four-set record with 33 digs in a loss to Georgia State. In the morning, she totaled 30 digs, two shy of the old record, against Western Carolina. She also moved up to third all-time with 1,307 career digs.
Hess recorded 5.58 digs per set in a 1-2 week for the Explorers at the Golden Dome Invitational, playing in all 13 sets. In Her career debut against Notre Dame, the freshman from Breinigsville, Pa., recorded 19 digs - the most in a debut by a La Salle freshman since 2007. She continually improved her dig tally throughout the weekend going for 26 in a win against Bowling Green and 27 against Wright State. Over the three games, Hess recorded only one reception error on a conference-high 93 attempts, good for a reception percentage of .989.