Holly Speers tabbed Week 11 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week

April 24, 2018, 4:09 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Senior infielder Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) exploded offensively for Kent State this past weekend en route to being named Week 11 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Week, USA Softball announced. This marks the second time Speers has been named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, having earned the honor in Week 7 of the 2016 season.


I'm honored to receive this award,” Speers said. “It is a great achievement. It wouldn’t be possible without my teammates. This is a great achievement, but we are still working toward our main goal of winning the MAC tournament.

The Surrey, B.C. native began her big week on Wednesday against Pitt, hitting a pinch hit grand slam in the sixth inning despite Kent State eventually dropping a 6-4 decision to the Panthers. In their game Friday against Buffalo, Speers went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored in a 10-0 (five innings) win. Speers blasted two home runs and was 3-for-3 with a walk during the second game of the series, collecting three RBI and scoring two runs in the Flashes’ 13-1 (five innings) victory. In the series finale, Speers was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a home run, smacking a three-RBI double in the fourth inning to eventually lead Kent State to a 13-1 (five innings) victory and complete the sweep against their Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponent. 


"Holly is one of the best hitters in the country and she has been for years," said Kent State Head Coach, Eric Oakley. "Not only does she excel on the field, but she is one of the best students of the game. She is a mentor to our younger players."


Speers had 21 total bases on the weekend and is hitting .495 on the year with 14 home runs and 50 RBI. Her performance currently has her ranked No. 1 nationally for batting average, on-base percentage (.649) and slugging percentage (1.038).


2018 USA Softball National Collegiate Players of the Week
Week 1 (Feb. 8-11): Vanessa Shippy – Oklahoma State – Senior – Infield – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Week 2 (Feb. 12-18): Kylee Hanson – Florida State – RS Senior – Pitcher – Jupiter, Fla.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Kelly Barnhill – Florida – Junior – Pitcher – Marietta, Ga.

Co-Week 3 (Feb. 19-25): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – RS Sophomore – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Week 4 (Feb. 26-March 4): Jessica Hartwell – Texas Tech – Junior – Infield – Galt, Calif.

Week 5 (March 5-11): Alexis Osorio – Alabama – Senior – Pitcher – Riverside, Calif.

Week 6 (March 12-18): Madison Aurin – San Jose State – Junior – Pitcher/IF – Bakersfield, Calif.

Week 7 (March 19-25): Giselle “G” Juarez – Arizona State – Sophomore – Pitcher – Glendale, Ariz.

Week 8 (March 26-April 1): Paige Parker – Oklahoma – Senior – Pitcher – Independence, Mo.

Week 9 (April 2-8): Sydney Sherrill – Florida State – Freshman – Infield – Moore, Okla.

Week 10 (April 9-15): Rachel Garcia – UCLA – RS Sophomore – Pitcher – Palmdale, Calif.

Week 11 (April 16-22): Holly Speers – Kent State – Senior – Infielder – Surrey, B.C.


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