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The sophomore had 27 kills and 12 blocks, hitting .431 in the wins at UCLA and USC.
Sybeldon Garners First Player Of The Week Award
Release: 10/28/2013
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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.

Also Nominated:

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

Sept. 2

Karsta Lowe, UCLA  Erin Redd-Brandon, UTAH  Ebony Nwanebu, USC

Sept. 9

Macey Gardner, ASU  Jenna Orlandini, WASH  Kyra Holt, WSU

Sept. 16

Krista Vansant, WASH  Bianca Arellano, ASU  Elise Ruddins, USC

Sept. 23

Madi Kingdon, ARIZ  Becky Defoe, OSU Penina Snuka, ARIZ

Sept. 30

Krista Vansant, WASH  Nikki Lindow, COLO Ebony Nwanebu, USC

Oct. 7

Alexis Olgard, USC  Natalie Hagglund, USC  Ebony Nwanebu, USC

Oct. 14

Carly Wopat, STAN  Chelsey Schofield, UTAH  Ebony Nwanebu, USC

Oct. 21

Madi Kingdon, ARIZ  Krista Vansant, WASH  Penina Snuka, ARIZ

Oct. 28

Lianna Sybeldon, WASH  Erin Redd-Brandon, UTAH  Maddy Kerr, CAL

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