Monday, September 3, 2012

Pac-12 | Washington’s Krista Vansant named Pac-12 Player of the Week

UW sophomore Vansant was MVP of Tiger Classic; senior Dunaway and freshman Beals also nominated.

Washington's Krista Vansant (16)
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2. 

WASHINGTON’s Krista Vansant was voted Offensive Player of the Week, UCLA’s Karsta Lowe was selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and USC’s Samantha Bricio was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.
WASHINGTON sophomore Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.) led UW in straight-set victories over then-No. 7 Purdue, LSU and Rice to claim the Tiger Classic title. Vansant was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after averaging 4.82 points per set, 4.22 kills per set, 2.67 digs per set and 0.78 blocks per set, to go along with a .314 hitting percentage. She had double-digit kills (14 and 13, respectively) in the wins over the Boilermakers and Tigers, then posted her second double-double of the season against Rice (11 kills, 11 digs). Vansant also had seven blocks over the three matches, including three in the upset-win over Purdue. The 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, she earned her second MVP honor of the season and has posted double-digit kills in every match this season.

Vansant earns her first-career offensive player of the week honor and is Washington’s 32nd weekly selection all-time. Vansant was named freshman of the week for three times during the 2011 campaign. It is the first-career weekly honor for Lowe and UCLA’s 62nd all-time. Bricio earns freshman of the week nods for the second-straight week.
Also Nominated:
  • OFFENSIVE: Macey Gardner, ASU; Correy Johnson, CAL; Alaina Bergsma, ORE; Camille Saxton, OSU; Carly Wopat, STAN; Karsta Lowe, UCLA; Katie Fuller, USC; Erin Redd, UTAH; Jaicee Harris, WSU.
  • DEFENSIVE: Stephanie Preach, ASU; Kat Brown, CAL; Katherine Fischer, ORE; Becky Defoe, OSU; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Kelcey Dunaway, WASH; Rachel Todorovich, WSU.
  • FRESHMAN: Macey Gardner, ASU; Martenne Bettendorf, ORE; Madi Bugg, STAN; Karly Drolson, UCLA; Katy Beals, WASH.

For complete Pac-12 press release, see: Pac-12 volleyball honors announced

WRITTEN BY Jack Hamann | PHOTOS BY Leslie Hamann

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