Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley Named MVP at HotelRed Invite

  0 Jil Price Igara | September 03rd, 2018 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

HotelRed Invitational

  • Sept. 1-2, 2018
  • Madison, Wis.

After leading 6th-ranked Wisconsin to an upset victory over 2nd-ranked Texas in 4 Saturday and another 4-set win against High Point Sunday, sophomore setter Sydney Hilley was elected MVP of the HotelRed Invitational.

The Brooklyn Park, Minn., native was instrumental in leading the Badgers to their win over the Longhorns. Hilley distributed 50 assists, logged 8 digs and registered 2 blocks and was highly touted by her head coach following the performance.

“I thought we did a great job of siding out for most of the match, and I felt Syd was fantastic tonight,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “I felt like she kept everybody engaged, I thought she attacked what were opportunities for us to score, and I felt like our attackers were hitting what they were given and not forcing anything.”

Hilley was elated following the upset, which a sellout crowd of 7,052 fans witnessed inside UW Field House. Badger fans packed the house again on Sunday evening with another sell-out crowd against NCAA tournament invitee High Point.

“If I had to describe it in one word it would fun,” Hilley said after the match. “I mean that energy that the upper deck brought is so much louder than it normally is… it was just amazing. I was so confident the whole time… even when we were down a little bit, I am really proud of the way we played.”

Against High Point, who gave the Badgers a fight Sunday, Hilley posted her third double-double of the season and the 12th of her career with 45 assists and a career-high 15 digs. She also notched a career-high 6 blocks against the Panthers.

Through 4 matches, Hilley leads the Badgers with 167 assists, which is good for an 11.13 assists per set average. She is second with 46 digs on the season (3.07 per set).

Hilley has started each match and appeared in every set (15) so far this year for Wisconsin.

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