Monday, October 1, 2012

Pac-12 | Vansant, Gil named Pac-12 Players of the Week

Krista Vansant gets second honor this season on offense; Amanda Gil cited for defense

[Press release from the Pac-12:]

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 25-30. WASHINGTON’s Krista Vansant and Amanda Gil were voted Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, while ARIZONA STATE’s Macey Gardner was selected Conference’s Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
Krista Vansant (16)
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann

Sophomore outside hitter Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.) powered the Huskies to consecutive top-five upsets with wins over fourth-ranked UCLA and third-ranked USC. It was the first time since 2006 that UW defeated top-five teams in back-to-back matches. On Wednesday against the Bruins, Vansant put down a career-high 31 kills against just five errors for a .448 attack percentage. It was the first 30-kill performance by a Husky since 2008 and the most of any Pac-12 player this season. She also added 11 digs for a double-double, as Washington outlasted UCLA in five sets for a ninth-straight win over the Bruins in Seattle. Against the third-ranked Trojans on Friday, Vansant led the team again with 12 kills in the three-set victory, missing just twice for a .370 attack mark. She hit .424 for the weekend while averaging 5.38 kills per set. Washington is off to its best start since 2009.

Amanda Gil (1)
-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
 Senior middle blocker Amanda Gil (San Jose, Calif.) dominated at the net, helping UW to a pair of upsets of top-five teams last week. Playing against her former team for the first time since becoming a Husky, Gil had a team-high eight block assists against fourth-ranked UCLA, as UW held the Bruins to a .238 attack percentage, well under their .301 season average. She also added six kills on a .357 attack percentage, as UW won its ninth-straight against the Bruins in Seattle. Against the Trojans, Gil had six more blocks in three sets, as USC hit just .221 for the night. For the week, Gil averaged 1.75 blocks per set.

 It is Vansant’s second-career offensive player of the week honor, the second time this season season she has earned the nod. It is Gil’s first-career weekly honor. With the two selections this week, Washington has received 34 weekly honors all-time. Gardner’s freshman of the week selection is the third for ASU all-time.

2012 Pac-12 Players of the Week

Aug. 27
Alaina Bergsma, ORE
Arica Nassar, OSU
Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 3
Krista Vansant, WASH
Karsta Lowe, UCLA
Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 10
Camille Saxton, OSU
Becky Defoe, OSU
Madi Bugg, STAN
Sept. 17
Arica Nassar, OSU
Marcelina Glab, WSU
Macey Gardner, ASU
Sept. 24
Lauren Plum, ORE
Jordan Burgess, STAN
Jordan Burgess, STAN
Oct. 1
Krista Vansant, WASH
Amanda Gil, WASH
Macey Gardner, ASU

See also:  Washington climbs to a tie for #2 in Week 7 Coaches' Poll

POSTED BY Jack Hamann | PHOTOS BY Leslie Hamann

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