Rachel Dyer posted 2.14 blocks per game last week, earning MWC Player of the Week honors. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS -- ? BYU junior middle blocker Rachel Dyer has been named Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
"This is an exciting honor," said Dyer. "I think it's a good reflection on the way our team has been playing lately. We played really well last weekend. Our passing and setting was awesome and kept us in system, which helps all of us."
Dyer, from Encinitas, Calif., led the Cougars to a 2-0 record in conference play with victories at TCU and New Mexico. She began the week with 13 kills, seven blocks, five digs and a .346 hitting percentage in BYU's sweep of TCU last Thursday night. Against New Mexico, Dyer had a team-high tying 12 kills on .625 hitting (12-2-16), while recording eight blocks and two assists in the Cougars' four-game win. Her .625 hitting efficiency is a season-high when she posted 10 or more kills. On the week, Dyer averaged 3.57 kills, 2.14 blocks, 0.71 digs, 0.43 assists and 5.00 points per game while hitting .452 (25-6-42). Dyer's 2.14 blocks per game helped the Cougars post 4.07 rejections per game as a team on the week.
The victories also put distance between the Cougars, now 9-4 in the MWC, and the Lobos and Horned Frogs, who were both just one match behind BYU heading into the week. Dyer has now posted double-digit kills in 17 of 23 matches and hit above .500 nine times while leading BYU in blocks 12 times this season. On the year, Dyer leads the MWC and ranks among the top 10 in the nation in hitting percentage at .425 while ranking among the top 10 in the league in blocks with 1.30.