Red Hawks’ Emily Williams wins weekly NJCAA honor

Red Hawks’ Emily Williams wins weekly NJCAA honor

HICKORY, N.C. — The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tabbed Catawba Valley Community College sophomore Emily Williams as its Division II Defensive Player of the Week on Thursday.

Williams, a 5-foot-4 sophomore libero from Statesville, N.C., tallied 119 digs (5.95 per set) last week, helping the Red Hawks win three matches, including two against Division I teams Spartanburg Methodist and Vincennes University.

"I am incredibly honored to be this week's NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week," Williams said. "I've seen a lot of great competition out there, and knowing the NJCAA chose me is a great feeling."

Williams is the first Red Hawk volleyball player to earn a weekly NJCAA honor since Mariah Wallace was tabbed D-II Player of the Week on Oct. 19, 2016.

A former North Iredell High School standout, Williams currently has 848 career digs, which ranks her fourth all-time in Catawba Valley program history.

Her 127 digs this season are the most for any Red Hawk volleyball player.

"I am so excited that Emily was honored with this well-deserved award for a generally less recognized position," said Catawba Valley head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "She is such a competitor and definitely the leader for our team defensively, and I couldn't be prouder of her hard work and leadership so far this fall."