The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Missouri State junior Cara Hackmann has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Oct. 5 through Oct. 11.
A 6-0 libero from Washington, Mo., Hackmann set the Missouri Valley Conference record for digs in a match while helping the Bears to a 3-2 win over Evansville and a 2-0 record on the week to stay in first place in the conference.
To get the weekend started, Hackmann gave a glimpse of things to come as she scooped up 23 digs in a sweep of Southern Illinois,
Then, Saturday, Hackmann got rolling early, opening the match with 12 digs in the first set alone. She followed with 11 in each of the next two before adding six more each in the fourth and fifth sets. For the match, the junior finished with 46, setting not only the school record, but also the MVC record for digs in a match. That is also the highest total in NCAA Division I this season.
Hackmann, a preseason All-MVC pick, has seen time in the middle and at outside in the past, but this year is averaging 5.82 digs per set as libero for Missouri State. She currently ranks fourth nationally in digs.
Hackmann is the second Missouri State player to earn the CVU.com National Player of the Week honor, as current Bear junior Bethany Fuller received the accolade Dec. 2 last season.
In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.
Editor's Note: This is the seventh in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.