HONOLULU - (Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine outside hitter Emily Hartong has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. The honor, announced Tuesday by the AVCA, is Hartong's first, Hawai‘i's seventh overall, and the first since Jamie Houston won it for the week of Oct. 6, 2006.
Hartong had a monster two matches keeping the Rainbow Wahine at a perfect 12-0 in the Big West Conference and an overall record of 19-2. In the first match at Long Beach State on Friday, she reeled off a career-high 33 kills while hitting a sensational .329 and posting an additional 15 digs to help the ‘Bows recover from a first set loss.
Against UC Irvine one day later, the 2011 AVCA All-American spearheaded another Hawai‘i rally. She unleashed 29 kills including five in the deciding fifth set and recorded another career-high, this time in digs with 16, to help UH come back from a 2-1 deficit. The 29 kills and 16 digs also represented her sixth double-double of the season.
Hartong, also named Big West Player of the Week on Monday, averaged 6.89 kills per set over the two matches and hit just shy of .300 (.297).
Hartong and the ‘Bows are back in action this week against UC Santa Barbara (Thu., Nov. 1) and Cal Poly (Sat., Nov. 3). Both matches are set for 7:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.