AMES, Iowa – For the fourth-straight week, Iowa State libero Hali Hillegas has been among the Big 12 weekly award winners. This week, Hillegas was named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week, sharing the award with Kansas middle blocker Tayler Soucie.
Hillegas earned her second Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award, Iowa State’s third of the season and the Cyclones’ 46th since the award’s inception in 2007. The next-largest collection in the Big 12 is Kansas’s 21. Hillegas had two Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards sandwiched around her Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards, becoming the first Big 12 student-athlete to win a weekly award for four-straight weeks since Oklahoma’s Sallie McLaurin won four-straight Offensive Player of the Week awards from 2012 into 2013.
In the Cyclones’ one match last week, a five-set loss at No. 4 Kansas, Hillegas had the best match of her career. The redshirt freshman set a career-high with 33 digs, while also dishing out a career-best seven assists. The 33 digs by the Charles City native are the second-most in any match by a Big 12 player in 2016, and tied for the most in a match during conference play. In the third set, Hillegas racked up 12 digs, her third time in 2016 recording at least 10 digs in a set.
Hillegas and the Cyclones are back in action on Wednesday at Baylor. First serve in Waco between the Cyclones and Bears will be at 6 p.m.