Maryville College's Nia Haller had a huge week for the Scots, averaging a double-double across a trio of matches to earn Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week.
Haller – a senior – led the Scots to a 2-1 record on the week, while averaging an incredible 12.0 kills and 18.7 digs across the three contests.
"I would say it means a lot," Haller said of the award. "I've tried really hard this season to step up and be somewhat of a role model on the court for some of the younger players. We have a lot of young players this year, so it's really nice to gain that recognition and be able to set that example for them."
The Maryville, Tenn. native had a total of 36 kills on the week, as she added 56 digs to her totals.
Haller also tallied two assists and a pair of blocks for the Scots, as she hit .333 for the week.
"Nia is one of our six rotation players," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "That equally adds pressure on her to be an offensive powerhouse and solid defensively. She has worked very hard in being a solid back row and defensive player. She has elevated her game and contributes greatly to our team success."
In a tough 3-1 loss to Covenant College, Haller recorded a near double-double with eight kills and a career high 25 digs. That match marks the third time this season that the senior outside hitter has eclipsed her career dig tally.
For Haller, she's just glad to do what she loves – defense.
"I really have liked getting to play defense again," Haller said. "At the beginning of this season, I didn't know if I was going to be able to do that again like I did last year. Being able to play defense, which I really do love – I love playing in the backcourt, even though my primary position is up front at the net – it really does mean a lot to gain that in the back row as well."
In non-conference action against Emory & Henry College, Haller tallied a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs. She had an assist and a pair of blocks in the 3-1 match, as she hit an incredible .464.
Finally, in Saturday's match against Agnes Scott College, the senior recorded her second double-double of the week in a huge way.
Haller hit .545 for the match, recording 15 kills with only a pair of errors. She had an assist in the match, while recorded her third career 20-plus dig effort with 20 digs against the Scotties.
The 5-foot-9 striker has a team-leading 192 kills – a 2.49 per set average, to go along with 221 digs. She ranks second defensively behind fellow senior Kaitlyn Flickinger who has tallied 337.
Haller also has 21 blocks and 19 service aces this season.
She will look to continue her trend, as Maryville hosts a trio of matches on Homecoming weekend.
The Scots tussle with Berea College on Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., before facing the Mountaineers of Brevard College (12:00 p.m.) and the LaGrange College Panthers (4:00 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 21.