RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College senior Megan Hedinger (Richfield, Wis./Germantown) turned in a pair of 20-dig performances last week and earned a spot in the Earlham volleyball record book, and was rewarded with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors when the conference's weekly awards were unveiled Monday.
The Quaker libero charted 48 digs over eight sets in two matches (6.00 digs per set) as Earlham went 1-1 over its two matches last week.
Hedinger turned up 21 digs in a 3-1 home loss to Hanover College, and had three assists in the match. On Saturday, in Earlham's 3-1 win over Anderson, Hedinger charted 27 digs – tied for her second-most this season, and tied for the most this season in a four-set match – with four assists and two service aces.
Hedinger's 48 digs last week put the senior at 1,835 digs for her career, eclipsing Earlham's previous all-time record of 1,803 digs held by Jodie Bauman (1988-91).
The win over Anderson was Earlham's fourth HCAC win this season, the most in program history since the Quakers joined the conference in 2010, and the most conference wins overall since 2007 when Earlham was still a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference. \
Hedinger's Defensive Player of the Week award is her first of the 2018 season and third of her career, after receiving the accolade twice during the 2017 campaign. It is the third HCAC weekly honor in volleyball this season, after senior outside hitter Ashleigh Burton snared the Offensive Player of the Week award twice earlier this season.
Earlham heads to Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, Oct. 24, before closing out its home slate on Saturday, Oct. 27, against Bluffton University.
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