WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Already the recipient of several Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honors, junior Krista Vansant completed the trifecta today as she was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Vansant helped the Huskies (15-1, 7-1 Pac-12) to a pair of home wins last week over California and then-No. 7 Stanford.
The outside hitter from Redlands, Calif. becomes just the second player to win all three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, offensive, defensive, and freshman, since the three separate categories were created in 2011. She won three freshman honors in 2011, and has won four offensive POTW awards including two this season. Arica Nassar of Oregon State is the only other player to win all three honors thus far.
In Sunday’s five set victory against the Cardinal, Vansant became the first Husky since Kindra Carlson in 2009 to have 20 kills and 20 digs in a match, as she finished with 23 kills and 20 digs while hitting .352. The 20 digs was a new career-high.
Earlier in the week against the Golden Bears, Vansant became the 16th Husky to surpass the 1,000 career kills mark, as she had 14 kills on a .448 attack percentage and also dug 14 balls. Vansant now has seven double-doubles for the season.
For the week Vansant averaged 4.25 digs per set, and 4.62 kills per set, hitting .386 and also serving up two aces.
Washington, which moved up to No. 3 in the rankings today, visits UCLA and No. 4-ranked USC this Friday and Sunday to wrap up the first half of the Pac-12 schedule.