UNLV’s Hayden Wins Record Third-Straight MWC Player of the Week Nod

  0 volleymob | September 24th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Mountain West, News

Courtesy: Mountain West Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – UNLV’s Mariena Hayden was selected as the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for a Conference best third consecutive week, while Wyoming’s Reed Copeland earned the MW Defensive Player of the Week honors for contests through Sept. 23. Hayden joins the ranks of 14 former MW student-athletes to win the award three or more times in a single season, while Copeland secures the weekly honor for the third time in her career.


Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Belle Plaine, Minnesota / Belle Plaine HS

  • During the two-win weekend against Boise State and Utah State, Hayden posted a pair of double-doubles and led the team in kills (43), kills per set (6.14), hitting percentage (.382) and added five aces.
  • Against the Broncos, hit at a .520 clip with 17 kills, 14 digs, three aces and an assist. In the first two sets, she had at least six kills and six digs in each set and hit .750 in the first frame alone.
  • In a 3-1 win versus Utah State, notched a career-best 26 kills with an attack percentage of .314. She tallied 13 digs and two aces.
  • This weekend’s performance led Hayden to eclipse the 100 service aces mark. She is 38 away from cracking the top five all-time in Mountain West history.


Senior, Middle Blocker, Federal Way, Washington / Todd Beamer HS

  • This weekend, Copeland tallied 17 blocks and 10 kills in victories against San José State and Nevada. The Wyoming defense tallied 26 blocks in total during the weekend.
  • The senior posted an average of 2.83 blocks per set and 1.67 kills per set during the weekend.
  • She recorded 11 blocks in the win over Nevada, while the Cowgirls had 12 as a team. She added six kills with an attack percentage of .333.

2018 Mountain West Offensive Players of the Week
Aug. 27 – Jackie McBride, So., MB, Wyoming
Sept. 3 – Kayla Afoa, So., OH, Nevada
Sept. 10 – Mariena Hayden, So., OH, UNLV
Sept. 17 – Mariena Hayden, So., OH, UNLV
Sept. 24 – Mariena Hayden, So., OH, UNLV

2018 Mountain West Defensive Players of the Week
Aug. 27 – Reagan Leonard, So., L, Fresno State
Sept. 3 – Jessica Donahue, Fr., MB, Boise State
Sept. 10 – Reed Copeland, Sr., MB, Wyoming
Sept. 17 – Elsa Descamps, Sr., MB, UNLV
Sept. 24 – Reed Copeland, Sr., MB, Wyoming

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