The Hillsborough County Volleyball Player of the Week

S/OH Maya Van Heyst, Jr., Tampa Prep

As a setter, Maya Van Heyst is adept at passing the volleyball to the right teammate at the right spot on the court. 

But her game is much more than that. 

Van Heyst ranks among the team leaders in assists (587), digs (179), aces (38) and kills (131). More importantly, she has helped the Terrapins win a district title and advance to Tuesday’s Class 3A region semifinals. 

Two weeks ago, Van Heyst had a combined 52 assists, 20 digs and 14 kills in wins over Bishop McLaughlin and Berkeley Prep to take home the Class 3A, District 5 title.

Fans were impressed. Van Heyst received 34 percent of the votes (1,123) in the Hillsborough County volleyball player of the week to beat out Newsome’s Kaley Kugler, who had 31 percent (1,006 votes).