Hailey Roberts put the finishing touches on a tremendous collegiate volleyball season as the Cedar Park graduate was named the national player of the year in NCAA Division II.
The ex-Lady Timberwolves’ star had a monster year for Tarleton State with 5.07 kills per set as she led her team to a 27-7 overall record and advanced to regional semifinals, where it lost to Metro State 20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 despite 12 kills and 11 digs by Roberts.
Roberts was voted as the National Player of the Year by the Division 2 Conference Commissioner’s Association after becoming the Tarleton State all-time kills leader with 1,845 career kills.
She also ranks No. 1 in attack attempts (4,381) in Tarleton State’s all-time list, No. 4 in aces (161) and No. 5 in digs (1,150).
“I seriously never dreamed of receiving an award like this,” Roberts told the TexAnns’ website. “There are so many tremendous players across the nation, this is an absolutely incredible honor and it means more than anyone could ever know. I don’t know what else to say. I’m speechless.”
While just finishing her junior season, Roberts has been a three-time Lone Star conference first team selection and was named an All-American for the second time.
Roberts led her Cedar Park team to the UIL state high school tournament in 2012 and was a first-team All-Central Texas selection before heading to Tarleton State University.
“Obviously, an award like this couldn’t happen without my teammates,” she said. “Without them pushing me to reach my fullest potential, an award like this couldn’t happen. So, to all of my teammates, I can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”