Horstman garners GPAC weekly volleyball honors

August 30, 2022 9:25am

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – After a whopping 22 total blocks in the first five matches and helping Northwestern to a 4-1 mark on the week, senior middle hitter Bekah Horstman started the 2022 season with 22 blocks in the first week of the season to land Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league office announced this morning.

In the five matches this week, all four of Northwestern’s victories came in straight sets. The Red Raiders picked up wins over No. 25 Ottawa (Kan.) and (RV) Vanguard (Calif.) in straight sets. The only loss came against a fellow top-10 team in No. 7 Corban (Ore.) in four sets.

Horstman (Sr., Pella, Iowa) ranked sixth in the nation a season ago in blocks (154) has picked up where she left off entering this season. The senior recorded 22 total blocks in the Raiders’ first five matches this season, including five solo blocks. She continues her climb in the Red Raider record books in the block category, sitting top-10 in both total blocks (485) and solo blocks (98).

Additionally, she recorded 40 kills on the week with a team-high .398 hitting percentage (minimum 50 attempts). So far this season, the senior has averaged 2.5 kills per set and is one of the Raider setters’ favorite hitters so far this season.

The Pella, Iowa native earned GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on September 7 last year, as she went on to also earn NAIA Defensive Player of the Week honors. It marked the only Red Raider to earn weekly honors from the league office last season.