Nichole Stilwell Named MWC Co-Player of the Week
Sept. 14, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force volleyball junior Nichole Stilwell was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Week, the league office announced this morning (Sept. 14) following her impressive weekend at the Sugar Bear Classic. Stilwell is the fourth Air Force volleyball player to ever earn the conference's weekly honor and the first since the 2003 season.
Stilwell was named to the all-tournament team at the Sugar Bear Classic (Sept. 11-12) after helping Air Force to a 3-1 record and a second-place finish. The three wins helped Air Force to its best win total (eight) since the 2003 season.
She tallied double-digit kill totals in all four matches, starting with 14 in the Falcons' five-set thriller over Louisiana Tech. She also recorded two digs and a team-high seven blocks, while hitting .355 against the Lady Techsters. Against tournament host Central Arkansas, Stilwell knocked down 10 kills with only one hitting error (.474 hitting percentage) and notched two total blocks in the 3-0 loss.
The native of Divide, Colo., followed that up with a .591 hitting percentage (15-2-22) and three blocks in the Falcons' sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Stilwell concluded the tournament with 10 kills (.438 percentage), two blocks and one dig in an easy three-set victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Over the weekend, Stilwell average a team-high 3.57 kills, 1.00 blocks, 0.29 digs and 4.11 points per set, while hitting a team-best .455 (50-10-88) in 14 sets. She hit over .350 in all four matches, while moving into sixth on the program's Division I all-time lists for assisted blocks (125) and total blocks (148).
Stilwell shared the league's weekly honor with Kourtney Edwards of TCU.