On the tails of closing the 2016 regular season with one of the best statistical weeks of her career, Hiram College volleyball senior standout Marissa Jay has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Division III National Player of the Week, announced the AVCA on Tuesday afternoon.
Jay lifted Terrier volleyball team to a perfect 5-0 record in the final week of the regular season, with the team dropping just one set along the way. Hiram captured wins over NCAC foe Allegheny College (3-0), before defeating Houghton College (3-0), Cortland State (3-1), Utica (3-0) and Marywood (3-0).
Through the week, Jay had arguably one of the best stretches of her four-year career, totaling 85 kills in five matches. The outside hitter finished the week with a .400 hitting percentage, including a pair of 20+ kill performances. Her top game came against Cortland State when she posted 25 kills while making just two errors in 46 attempts (.500 hitting percentage).
Along with her kill totals, Jay played well defensively, adding four double-doubles in five chances. She averaged 16 kills and 11.5 digs per match.
“Marissa has been instrumental for our team throughout the entire season,” commented second-year head coach Aline Scott. “This past week she went above and beyond in leading our group to the best we have played all season long.”
The entire month of October was a great one for Jay, who was also named NCAC Player of the Week on two separate occasions. Throughout the final month of the regular season, Jay has been next level, averaging 19.75 kills and 14.25 digs per set, while hitting .256 and posting 11 double-doubles.
With her kill totals from last week, Jay has now moved into fourth-place on the Hiram College single-season kills list, passing Lindsay Brewer’s 2014 total of 443 with 459. Additionally, she ranks fifth in all of Division III in kills per set, averaging a career-best 4.78.
The award marks the first time in not only Jay’s career, but the first time in history that a Terrier has been honored with the recognition.
“Jay has been a rock for this team over the past three months,” remarked Coach Scott. “This award is the acknowledgement of her hard work, dedication and perseverance. I am so proud of her for not only receiving this award, but also for everything she has achieved over the course of her career.”
Jay and the rest of the Terriers will be back in action on Friday when they open NCAC Championship Tournament action against Ohio Wesleyan University. The match, which will be played at Wittenberg University, is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.