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Wisconsin’s Molly Haggerty named AVCA National Player of the Week

After a monster weekend in Texas, Wisconsin’s freshman star brings accolades back to Madison.

Molly Haggerty had a huge weekend in Texas. Now she’s made Wisconsin history.

Haggerty was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week on Tuesday, the first freshman to win the award. She averaged a staggering 5.88 kills per set over the weekend, set a UW school record with 27 kills against Texas A&M on Friday and, during the Badgers’ epic comeback upset of then-No. 2 Texas in Austin, had 20 kills, 14 digs and a career-high four services aces.

The 6’1 Haggerty headlined Kelly Sheffield’s third-ranked 2015 recruiting class as the No. 5 high school player in the country last year. Winner of four high school state championships at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill., Haggerty was named the Chicago Tribune/WGN-9 Preps Plus Athlete of the Year as a prep senior. This year, she leads the No. 3 Badgers and all Big Ten freshmen with 4.00 kills per set. Her .243 hitting percentage is good for sixth among her fellow first-years.

The Badgers match up with No. 17 Ohio Sate on Friday and Maryland on Saturday at the UW Field House.