Casey Hinger Nabs Northridge's Second Big West Player of the Week Honor of 2011

IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge middle blocker Casey Hinger was named Big West Player of the Week after leading the Matadors to pair of conference sweeps over UC Davis and Pacific last weekend.

Hinger, a freshman from Fullerton, Calif., becomes the second Northridge player in 2011 to earn Big West Player of the Week honors after sophomore Mahina Haina picked up the award on Sept. 5.

"It's amazing, obviously it's a great honor," said Hinger. "I was surprised because even though I had a good weekend the only reason I did was because of my team. Everybody on the team had such a great weekend so it was a total surprise."

In leading the Matadors to a pair of impressive home sweeps over UC Davis and Pacific last weekend, Hinger becomes the first freshman to be honored as the conference's Player of the Week in 2011.

Hinger began the weekend with 12 kills in 16 errorless swings to hit .750 as CSUN swept UC Davis 25-23, 25-16, 25-17 on Friday. She also added four blocks, one ace and one dig in the win. Hinger then came back with 11 kills and a .364 hitting clip in a 25-23, 33-31, 25-18 win over Pacific on Saturday. In the two matches, the freshman from Fullerton averaged 3.83 kills per set while hitting .526. She also averaged a team-high 1.83 blocks per set in the two wins.

"Casey has been playing extremely well all year," said head coach Jeff Stork. "Certainly she had an exceptional weekend against Davis and Pacific. When you're hitting .750 with no errors in quite a few attempts that says a lot, but she's also serving aces and she's also stuffing balls. She had an outstanding weekend and I think this is well deserved."

The Matadors take to the road for the final time in the regular season this week as the Matadors travel to UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday and UC Irvine on Friday.