Hartsock Wins National Award

BYU's Lindsy Hartsock was named the National Player of the Week for her career weekend to open up MWC play. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Cougar middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock has been named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week after a career weekend to open up Mountain West Conference Play. This is the first such award for Hartsock, who was already been named the MWC Player of the Week twice this season.

"It's obviously really exciting to win this award, especially since it's the first time I've won it," said Hartsock. "But every honor I get has to be attributed to my team. I wouldn't be where I am without them."

A 6-4 junior from Inkom, Idaho, Hartsock led the No. 20 Cougars to two five-game league victories over the weekend. Additionally, she helped BYU remain perfect on the season. The reigning CVU.com National Blocker of the Year, Hartsock not only was steady at the net, averaging 1.0 blocks per game, but also was on fire swinging.

Against New Mexico, Hartsock had only one error on 25 attempts, tallying 19 kills to hit a season-high .720. She also added three service aces and five blocks in the win. Then, against Air Force, the junior slammed a career-high 21 kills, hitting .529. She also picked up four blocks in that match. For the two matches, Hartsock hit .610, and averaged 4.0 kills and 1.0 blocks per game.

"Hartsock was pretty much the difference for us in the games that we won," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "When we're able to get her the ball, she's a presence people have to pay attention to."