Hawaii junior middle Sky Williams was named the Big West’s Defensive Player of the Week today.
The MVP of the Heineken Invitational averaged 3.20 kills and 1.20 blocks over 10 sets to help the Rainbow Wahine defeated Army, Sacramento State and Denver as UH improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2004.
Williams hit an impressive .481 with 32 kills and just seven errors in 52 attempts. She currently leads the Big West in hitting percentage.
Williams had a career-high 13 kills on .417 efficiency in the four-set win over Army to go along with a team-high four blocks. She hit a career-high 1.000 going a perfect 9-for-9 on kills in the sweep of the Hornets, while posting 10 kills and five blocks (1 solo) in the four-set win against the Pioneers.
Williams was also nominated for player of the week. That award went to UC Santa Barbara’s Lindsey Ruddins. Hawaii’s Hanna Hellvig was nominated for freshman of the week.
Hawaii moves up two spots to No. 18 in this week’s AVCA coaches poll.
Washington, which lost to Hawaii eight days ago, goes from 16 to 12 after a win over then-No. 5 Illinois.
Upcoming opponent Baylor is No. 5, up 12 spots, by far the largest mover in the poll after winning at then-No. 4 Wisconsin and at then No. 11 Marquette.
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