SLU’s Hidalgo named AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year

Published 1:50 pm Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Cicily Hidalgo was named the South Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, establishing a program first Tuesday for Southeastern Louisiana University.

An outside hitter from Opelousas, Louisiana, Hidalgo led the Southland in numerous offensive categories, including points per set (4.14), total points (447.5), kills per set (3.82), total kills (412), attacks per set (11.27) and total attacks (1,217).
Hidalgo currently ranks 39th nationally in total attacks and 44th in attacks per set.

The only freshman to win a weekly award from the conference this season, she was the Southland’s offensive player in back-to-back weeks during late September. During that stretch, Hidalgo became to first Southland student-athlete to record at least 30 kills in a match since the 2016 season. She was also the only Southland freshman to play every point of every set her team played during the 2021 season.

Her contributions were not limited to offense, ranking second on the team in total digs. Hidalgo recorded 15 double-doubles during the entire season, including six consecutive in mid-October.

In total, 210 student-athletes were named to the 10 All-Region teams by the AVCA, including honorable mention selections. Each of the selection committees also named a Region Player of the Year, Region Freshman of the Year, and Region Coach of the Year.

Players named to All-Region teams are eligible for selection to the AVCA Division I All-America teams, which will be announced December 14.

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