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Women's Volleyball Courtesy: Boise State Athletics

Hughes Named Mountain West Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week

BOISE, Idaho -  Boise State senior Morgan Hughes has been named the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week following her performance last week leading the Broncos to a road sweep over Fresno State and San Diego State. This is her first player of the week honor of the year.

Hughes was a major factor at the net for Boise State during the two matches leading the Broncos with a team-high 36 points powered by her defensive efforts on the floor.

On the week, Hughes tallied team-highs for digs and blocks with 22 and 15 respectively, she also added 22 kills, five assists and team-high six service aces.

She averaged 2.44 kills, 0.56 assists, 0.67 service aces, team-high (tied) 2.44 digs and team-best 1.67 blocks per set. She also hit 43.9 percent on her kill attempts.

In the victory at Fresno State on Thursday (Nov. 1), Hughes had a team-high 20 points to go with a team-high 16 digs, five blocks (one solo), team-high 4 service aces and to top it off, she hit a career-high 63.2 percent for 13 kills making only one error in 19 attacks. 

She had two kills and a block assist in the final six points of the set one victory at Fresno State. In the set three win Hughes had a huge kill that broke a tie at 23 to give the Broncos set point which they converted into a 25-23 win. In the decisive fifth set she had four digs, one service ace and two kills to help the Broncos rally from two-points down for the victory.

In the San Diego State win on Saturday, Hughes was a monster at the net recording a career-high 10 blocks tying for the seventh most in school history, she averaged 2.5 blocks per set in the win. The senior also added six digs, two service aces, three assists and nine kills for 16 points in the match. 

Hughes was a major impact at the net early against the Aztecs causing havoc to their attack. She tallied nine blocks in the first two sets which was a major influence in holding SDSU to 8.3 percent hitting in the first set and 2.3 percent in the second as the Broncos collected the wins and took a big 2-0 advantage in the match score.

Her 10 block assists helped Boise State to a team total of 17.5 in the match, third most in program history and most since 2012.

Boise State returns home this week to host two huge conference matches against Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and league-leading Colorado State at 2 p.m. on Saturday. 
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