Sophomore outside hitter Chelsea Goodman averaged 5.14 kills per game last week while leading the Cougars to two wins. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU outside hitter Chelsea Goodman earned Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, marking her first career award.
"It felt really good to get out there and play the way I know I can," said Goodman. "I have to give most of the credit to our middles and setters; they make it easy. I'm looking forward to getting better and better as the season progresses."
Goodman, a 5-11 sophomore from Mesa, Ariz., helped the Cougars to victories over Idaho State and Utah State last week. Against the Bengals, she recorded a career high 16 kills and 10 digs on the way to her first double-double of the season. Goodman followed with another career-high kill total (20) vs. Utah State, tallying a season-best hitting efficiency of .438 (20-6-32) in the process. She also had nine digs, three total blocks, an assist and two service aces vs. the Aggies, including the match clincher in game four.
For the week, Goodman averaged 5.14 kills and 2.71 digs per game, while hitting .379 (36-11-66). She also had four blocks, two service aces and an assist. On the season, Goodman is tied for first on the team in kills (74, 3.89 per game) and third in digs (36, 1.89 per game). She has recorded double digit kills in every match so far this year.
MWC Volleyball Players of the Week
Aug. 29 Airial Salvo, Fr., OH, Utah
Sept. 6 Lindsy Hartsock, Jr., MB, BYU
Sept. 12 Chelsea Goodman, So., OH, BYU