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Wisconsin Athletics | September 20, 2016

Wisconsin freshman Haggerty named player of the week

  Freshman Molly Haggerty received her first national and conference honors for the Badgers.

MADISON, Wis. — After averaging a phenomenal 5.88 kills per set on the weekend, freshman Molly Haggerty of the Wisconsin volleyball team was named AVCA Player of the Week.

Haggerty had a career weekend in Texas while leading the Badgers to a win at No. 16 Texas A&M (on Friday) and a thrilling come-from-behind victory at No. 2 Texas (on Sunday). The 6-foot-1 outside hitter set a school record with 27 kills in only three sets against the Aggies. The mark shattered the school record of 19 kills for three sets in a 25-point rally-scored match and tied the overall record for five sets.

With 20 kills at No. 2 Texas, Haggerty recorded back-to-back 20-plus kill matches. She also had 14 digs against the Longhorns, which gave her the third double-double of her career. Haggerty also had a career-high four service aces against Texas, including one in the fifth set that pulled the Badgers within one point (14-13). The Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native added 2.25 digs, 0.50 service aces and 0.50 blocks per set while hitting .387 on the weekend.

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On the season, Haggerty leads the Badgers and ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 4.00 kills per set. She leads all freshmen in the Big Ten in kills per set and ranks sixth among rookies with a .243 hitting percentage.  

In addition to the national honor, Haggerty picked up her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor and the first for a Badger since Haleigh Nelson was honored on Nov. 30, 2015.

No. 3 Wisconsin (8-1, 0-0) opens the Big Ten season at home this weekend, hosting No. 17 Ohio State (10-2, 0-0) on Friday and Maryland (8-4, 0-0) on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the UW Field House.

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