RICHMOND, Ind. – Strong individual performances that led to a pair of conference victories and the program's first HCAC tournament berth helped propel Earlham College first year Sarah Dickman and senior Megan Hedinger to a sweep of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's weekly volleyball awards, which were announced Monday.
Dickman was named the HCAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while Hedinger snared HCAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.
Dickman, an outside hitter from Richmond, Ind., charted 32 kills and averaged 4.57 kills per set over seven sets. She led Earlham with a season-high 19 kills while hitting .213 in Earlham's 3-1 road win over Rose-Hulman, giving the Quakers their first HCAC win over the Fightin' Engineers. Dickman also had one block assist against Rose-Hulman for 19.5 points. On Saturday, Dickman was tied for the team lead with 13 kills behind a .242 hitting percentage as Earlham posted a 3-0 win over Bluffton. The two matches were the 10th and 11th double-digit kill performances of the season for Dickman.
Hedinger recorded 37 digs over seven sets in two matches (5.29 digs per set). She turned up 22 digs, her eighth 20-dig performance of the season, in Earlham's victory over Rose-Hulman, to go with one kill and one service ace. Hedinger followed up that performance with 15 digs in Earlham's 3-0 win at home over Bluffton.
"Sweeping the recognition this week is indicative in how we played, and how both Sarah and Megan played as individuals," said Lauren Horton, Earlham's head volleyball coach. "The girls played focused and together. Both Sarah and Megan had steady performances that helped us clinch some really important wins."
The Defensive Player of the Week award is the second of the season for Hedinger, and the fourth of her career. The two HCAC weekly honors are the fourth and fifth this season for Earlham volleyball.
Last week's two victories improved Earlham's overall record to 19-11 – most victories for Earlham volleyball since 1991 (22-16) – and a 6-3 record in the HCAC.
The Quakers earned the no. 3 seed for this week's 2018 HCAC Volleyball Championship, and will play host to no. 6 seed Anderson University in an opening round match on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Druley Performance Gym. Start time is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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