WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Coming off perhaps the best weekend of her young career, sophomore middle blocker Lianna Sybeldon was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week today by the conference office. Sybeldon’s output helped the third-ranked Husky volleyball team to its first sweep of the Los Angeles road trip since 2008.
Washington (17-1, 9-1 Pac-12) started the weekend at UCLA, earning a four set victory for its first road win over the Bruins since 2009. In that match, Sybeldon had 12 kills on a .400 attack percentage and added seven blocks.
Last night in a battle for first-place, the Huskies overcame fourth-ranked USC, snapping a 16-match home win streak for the Trojans, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, 25-22. The Folsom, Calif. native set a new career-high with 15 kills, hammering the ball routinely on quick sets in the middle from Katy Beals and Jenni Nogueras. She hit .462 for the night, averaging an excellent .431 for the weekend, while adding five more blocks.
Sybeldon has upped her production significantly as a starter this season after seeing limited action as a freshman. She’s now averaging 2.08 kills per set, third on the team behind Krista Vansant and Kaleigh Nelson, and her 1.21 blocks per set leads the team and ranks fifth in the Pac-12. Her .361 attack percentage also is ninth in the Pac-12 this season.
Husky players have now earned a Player of the Week honor five times this season. Krista Vansant has won two Offensive Player of the Week and one Defensive Player of the Week award, while Jenna Orlandini also has one Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Washington looks to extend its seven-match winning streak at home this week against Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
OFFENSIVE: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Lara Vukasovic, CAL; Taylor Simpson, COLO; Jordan Burgess, STAN; Karsta Lowe, UCLA; Samantha Bricio, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH.
DEFENSIVE: Candace Nicholson, CAL; Maddy Kerr, CAL; Nikki Lindow, COLO; Amanda Benson, ORE; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Mariana Aquino, UCLA; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Penina Snuka, ARIZ; Cierra Simpson, COLO; Amanda Benson, ORE; Ebony Nwanebu, USC; Tess Sutton, UTAH.
2013 Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Players of the Week
Offensive Defensive Freshman
Karsta Lowe, UCLA Erin Redd-Brandon, UTAH Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Macey Gardner, ASU Jenna Orlandini, WASH Kyra Holt, WSU
Krista Vansant, WASH Bianca Arellano, ASU Elise Ruddins, USC
Madi Kingdon, ARIZ Becky Defoe, OSU Penina Snuka, ARIZ
Krista Vansant, WASH Nikki Lindow, COLO Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Alexis Olgard, USC Natalie Hagglund, USC Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Carly Wopat, STAN Chelsey Schofield, UTAH Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Madi Kingdon, ARIZ Krista Vansant, WASH Penina Snuka, ARIZ
Lianna Sybeldon, WASH Erin Redd-Brandon, UTAH Maddy Kerr, CAL