MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Nicole Hilton of the Wesleyan University volleyball team was named a Second Team All-NESCAC selection Wednesday, as voted on by the league's coaches.
Hilton shined in her first season with the Cardinals. The Chicago, Ill. native played an instrumental role in the team's success this year, which featured a NESCAC Tournament appearance for the first time since 2010. Wesleyan finished 5-15 overall and 1-9 in the conference a year ago, but tripled its win total in 2016 and ended the year with a 15-8 mark and 6-4 league ledger.
A lot of the team's success is attributed to Hilton, who led the NESCAC with a .316 hitting percentage. Additionally, the 5-11 freshman led the team and finished sixth in the conference with 0.91 blocks per set and her 77 total blocks were fourth highest in the league. She also led all Cardinal players with 2.24 kills per set.
On October 24, Hilton was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her stellar performance in two wins over Connecticut College (3-1) and Wheaton College (3-1). She averaged 3.57 kills per set with an incredible .622 hitting percentage, while also averaging 1.43 blocks per set.
Hilton is the first Wesleyan volleyball player to earn All-Conference honors since 2013, when Kim Farris '14 was named a second team recipient.