Emily Hartong Named Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week

IRVINE, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai'i outside hitter Emily Hartong captured the first Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week award for the 2012 season.

Hartong earned the honor after a stellar performance over the weekend where she was named the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational Most Outstanding Player. UH topped sixth-ranked Stanford in the championship match, also beating Albany and Saint Mary's for its fifth straight Chevron Tourney title.

For the tournament, Hartong averaged 4.36 kills, 2.73 digs and 0.73 blocks per set while hitting .286 to lead the 'Bows to victories over Albany, Saint Mary's and No. 6 Stanford. She led UH with 14 kills against Albany and 17 against Saint Mary's, and added 13 digs against the Gaels to secure her first double-double of the season.

Against the nationally-ranked Cardinal, Hartong put forth another 17-kill effort and hit .256 with eight digs and one service ace. In the season opener against the Great Danes, she hit at a .455 (14-4-22) clip adding nine digs and a pair of blocks.

Hartong, a 2011 AVCA Second Team All-American, will lead the No. 8 Rainbow Wahine into action this week against San Francisco, Baylor and California in the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic.