Northwestern State volleyball had their best season-opening tournament since 2014, going 2-1 at the Arkansas Invitational.
Junior outside hitter Hannah Brister was a key part of that success. Her efforts earned her Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Brister delivered 59 kills in 11 sets across three matches, including setting a new career best of 24 in the 3-2 comeback win over Montana State. She set the new mark with the match’s winning kill in the decisive fifth set.
The Paincourtville native hit a solid .277 in the three matches, and turned in an even more impressive .379 in the three set sweep over Little Rock on Saturday afternoon. She had 16 kills on 29 attempts with only five errors in that win.
“I’m proud of Hannah and this is a nice continuation from how she was playing at the end of last season,” head coach Sean Kiracofe said. “The offensive numbers stand out but her passing and defense made a big difference for us during the weekend. It’s just the start of a great season for her and the team.”
Brister was also named to the all-tournament team and leads the SLC in kills after the first weekend of competition.
Northwestern State travels to Jackson State on Tuesday night before spending the weekend in Mobile, Alabama at the Jaguar Invitational hosted by South Alabama.
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