SEWARD, Neb. – Following a career performance that fueled a five-set home win over No. 21 Dordt on Oct. 25, sophomore Tiegen Skains picked up her first-ever honor from the GPAC. On Tuesday the league named Skains the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports (overall) Volleyball Player of the Week.
“Tiegen was awesome,” head coach Scott Mattera said following the victory over Dordt. “Twenty kills from the right side – that is an incredible match.”
The Pine Creek High School product went off for six kills in game 4 and another five in game 5 to spur the upset win that has Concordia tied for third in the GPAC standings. The native of Colorado Springs finished with a career high 20 kills (only 32 attempts) just four days after putting up a then career best of 11 kills versus No. 15 (NCAA Division III) Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 21.
Skains piled up 38 combined kills on 79 swings (.316 hitting percentage) in leading Concordia to wins in two of last week’s three matches. After a four-set loss to Nebraska Wesleyan, Skains and company responded by defeating both Briar Cliff (Oct. 24) and Dordt in five sets over the weekend.
On the season, Skains ranks fourth on the team with 166 kills to go along with a .193 hitting percentage and 37 blocks.
Skains and the Bulldogs (17-9, 8-5 GPAC) return to the court tonight (Tuesday) to take on nonconference foe Bellevue University (19-16) in Bellevue, Neb., at 7 p.m. This week Concordia will also play at Mount Marty (10-17, 2-10 GPAC) on Friday and at Dakota Wesleyan (8-17, 1-12 GPAC) on Saturday.