STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton State volleyball true freshman Hailey Roberts capped off her first week of college volleyball by being named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon.
Roberts had arguably the best first career week of any TexAnn in school history. The freshman from Cedar Park had a league-high 94 kills in 23 sets to lift Tarleton to a 4-1 start to the season.
She made her collegiate debut with 27 kills, which tied her for eighth most in a single match in school history, to lead Tarleton past regional power Arkansas-Fort Smith Friday afternoon.
Roberts has recorded four double-doubles in her first five matches, has had at least 20 kills in three of the first five matches and has hit over a .300 percentage in two of the first five matches. She also had a team-high 10 service aces and 83 total digs over the weekend en route to being named to the All-Tournament team at the Kathleen Brasfield Invitational at Angelo State.
Monday night, Roberts turned in a clutch performance to secure the TexAnn win over Texas Wesleyan on the road. Tarleton was tied 11-11 in the fifth set but Roberts sealed the game by having a hand in all four of the final points – three kills and an assisted block – to give Tarleton the road victory.
She is the first TexAnn to earn the award in the first week of the season since Nikki McNorton in 2011 and the first LSC freshman to earn the honor in the opening week since 2009.
Roberts and the TexAnns will make their home debut tonight in Wisdom Gym at 7 p.m. against Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce.