Tech’s Masha Korol named Attacker of the Week

Tech’s Masha Korol named Attacker of the Week
Montana Tech's Masha Korol gets read to go up for block during the Orediggers' Oct. 31 win over Carroll College at the HPER Complex. (Bill Foley photo)

WHITEFISH — Montana Tech senior Masha Korol claimed Frontier Conference Attacker of the Week honors, the league announced today.

The award was the first of the season for Korol, an All-American a year ago.

Korol, a 6-foot-2 senior outside hitter from Ukrainka, Ukraine, led the Orediggers to a pair of victories last week to finish the regular season. The Orediggers defeated Carroll College 3-1 at home on Senior Night. Two nights later, they beat Lewis-Clark State 3-2 on the road.

Korol had her best night of the season against the Warriors, finishing with a season high 26 kills and just two errors and hitting .407 in the match. She finished the week averaging 4.89 kills a set and a .310 hitting percentage. She also recorded 3.67 digs.

On the season, Korol is ranked No. 3 in the Frontier with 3.6 kills per set. She is No. 6 in hitting percentage.

Lauren Brown of the University of Providence, Morgan Christy of Carroll College, Jessica Curl of MSU-Northern and Hailey Copinga of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated.

Defender of the Week: Dylan Fowler, Montana Western
Fowler is a 5-5 senior libero from Belgrad. This is the sixth time this season she took home the honor.

The Bulldogs split their final two regular season matches, losing 3-1 at No. 20 University of Providence and winning 3-1 at MSU-Northern. Fowler averaged 6.75 digs. She had a perfect serving percentage and a 96 percent passing percentage.

Gionni Brown of Lewis-Clark State, Ayla Carpenter of Carroll College, Averi Dyer of the University of Providence, Emily Gutierrez of MSU-Northern, Sabrina Hopcroft of Montana Tech and Ruby Kallenbach of Rocky Mountain College were also nominated.

Setter of the Week: Natalie Hilderman, Rocky Mountain College
Hilderman is a 6-1 sophomore setter from Red Lodge. Rocky closed the regular season with two road wins. The Bears swept MSU-Northern 3-0 and No. 20 University of Providence 3-0. Hilderman averaged 11.50 assists and 1.83 digs per set. She also recorded two solo blocks and four assisted blocks.

Paige Jensen of the University of Providence, Hannah Liss of Montana Tech, Rayna Pilgeram of Carroll College, Talyn Pitcher of Montana Western, McKaylie Tanner of MSU-Northern and Lauren West of Lewis-Clark State were also nominated.

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