Hardy Closes Volleyball Career with New WVU Kills Record
Lemon, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Lemon Daily Herald Sports Writer
Senior Nikki Hardy capped her college career at West Virginia University with 19 kills against Pittsburgh to break the school record.
Hardy, a Wheaton Warrenville South graduate, needed 18 kills to set the record. She finished her career with 1,317 kills in 379 games.
Hardy broke WVU assistant coach Lisa Scott-Schneider's career mark.
"Nikki has been a huge part of this team for four years," Scott- Schneider said. "She's a great kid and I'm glad that it was her who broke the record."
Hardy also had 15 digs against Pittsburgh to close her career with 1,237. That is third all time at West Virginia. She is only the eighth player in school history to go over 1,000 in both categories.
West Virginia finished with an 8-17 overall record and 2-9 in the Big East.
Jillian Ross (Waubonsie Valley) was named Player of the Week in the America East Conference on Nov. 13.
Ross is a senior outside hitter for the University of New Hampshire. She tallied a career-high 29 kills in a 3-1 loss to Hofstra, one shy of a school record.
Ross will leave New Hampshire ranked No. 1 in kills (1,347), aces (188), digs (1,188) and attempts (3,650). She is the only player in New Hampshire history to have more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Meghan Barkman (Glenbard South) leads Colorado in blocks for the second year in a row with a 1.62 blocks per game.
Barkman is on pace to break all existing blocking records at Colorado. She is ranked third in the Big 12 Conference in blocks and is No. 8 in the nation.
Barkman has also three triple doubles for the year getting double figures for kills, blocks and digs in a single match. That also broke the previous records at Colorado.
Erin Byrd (St. Francis) is in her second year as a starting outside hitter for the University of Wisconsin women's volleyball team.
The Badgers are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation and are in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Byrd was selected to the Big Ten's all-freshman team last year.
Augustana junior middle blocker Julie Constien (Glenbard North) made the CCIW all-conference volleyball team.
Constien led the Vikings with 394 kills for an average of 3.20 a game. That is the second best single sea-son average at Augustana. She is fourth on the career kills, and fourth in career blocks.
Augustana finished with a school-record 24 wins.
Jen Scarpino (Waubonsie Valley) is playing for the Northern Illinois University women's volleyball team.
Scarpino is the co-captain and defensive specialist. Northern Illinois is 21-6.
Scarpino was the MAC Defensive player of the week on Sept. 22 as she recorded 31 digs against the Akron University. That places her in the No. 2 spot for most digs in a game for Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois senior offensive tackle Ryan Diem (Glenbard North) made the Verizon-College Sports Information Directors Academic All-District V football team.
The national team will be announced in December.
Diem has not allowed a sack in 634 snaps. At 6-foot-7, 330 pounds, Diem anchors a line that ranks No. 11 in scoring offense in the nation.
This is his second year on the all-academic team. He has a 3.23 grade point average.
Diem has been invited to three post-season bowl games: the Senior, the Blue-Gray and the Tyco Gridiron Classic. …