SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State freshman middle blocker Courtney Dietrich was named the Big Sky Conference Volleyball Player of the Week after helping the Hornets to a 2-0 record which included home wins over Portland State and Eastern Washington.
A true freshman, Dietrich helped the Hornets offensively, defensively, and with the serve after posting averages of 2.25 kills, 1.88 blocks, 3.69 points and 0.38 aces per set while hitting a robust .382. The Chelan, Wash., native had at least seven blocks and eight kills, and hit for a high percentage in both matches.
The two wins for Sacramento State (12-11, 7-5) were huge as the team sits in fifth place in the league standings with eight matches remaining in the regular season. The top six teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament on Nov. 29-30 in Portland.
Dietrich also becomes the first Hornet freshman to garner Big Sky Player of the Week honors since teammate Kayla Beal accomplished the feat in 2010, and just the second Hornet in the last 13 years.
Dietrich had season highs in both kills (10) and blocks (8) while hitting .444 against Portland State. That included a block on match point to close a tightly fought win over the Vikings. She followed up that effort 24 hours later against Eastern Washington where she posted season highs in aces (3) and digs (6) to go along with eight kills, seven blocks and a .312 hitting percentage.
Dietrich committed just five errors in 34 attacks over the two matches, and combined to accumulate 29.5 points. During her two-match run, she posted season highs in kills, digs, aces and blocks, and her .444 hitting percentage against Portland State wasn't far off her season-best mark of .500.
The Hornets begin a four-match road trip this week with matchups on Halloween night at Southern Utah and Saturday evening at Northern Arizona.