Haller earns Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Week

Haller earns Tennessee Sports Writers Player of the Week

Maryville College's Nia Haller earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors after leading the Scots to a No. 2 finish in the USA South West Division.

Haller compiled a .395 hitting percentage to lead the Scots to a 3-0 week over key USA South competition.

Haller propelled Maryville to the right to host the opening two round tonight beginning at 5 p.m.

Salem College will face off with Piedmont at 5 p.m., before Maryville will take on the winner of that game at 7:30 in the quarterfinals.

Haller tallied 40 kills for Maryville, while hitting at an incredible .395 clip. She had 31 digs in three contests to go with 10 blocks, five aces and three assists.

On Thursday night, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career-high 18 kills with only one error in the match. Haller had 25 total attacks, as she racked up a .680 hitting percentage in the 3-1 victory over Salem College. She had a double-double on the night with 11 digs, as she had four aces, two blocks and an assist. She tallied 23.5 points in the four-set match.

During Saturday's first match, Haller narrowly missed a triple-double in the contest against LaGrange College. This William Blount High School product had 14 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks for Maryville as she also added an assist in the match. She hit .182 in the 3-1 victory, while contributing 19.5 points for the Scots.

In Saturday's finale, Haller again shined in less playing time. She had eight kills with a .389 hitting percentage on the afternoon, again with only one error in the match. This outside hitter/middle blocker had nine digs, just missing her third double-double in as many matches, while posting a block, a service ace and an assist.

On the season, Haller has 22 kills on a .161 hitting percentage. She has 250 digs, 59 blocks, 42 service aces and 19 assists in the 2016 season.