WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – For the second time this season and the third time in her career, Jenna Orlandini has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced today. The senior libero set a career-high for digs on Saturday with 31 against Arizona State, as the Huskies went 2-0 on the desert road swing.
Orlandini helped the Huskies (21-1, 13-1 Pac-12) hold the Arizona schools to a combined .089 attack percentage on Saturday and Sunday, as Washington earned back-to-back road wins to stay atop the Pac-12 Conference with a 13-1 record. On Saturday in Tempe, Orlandini’s career-best 31 digs was the most by a Husky since 2012 U.S. Olympian Tamari Miyashiro in the 2009 season, as UW beat Arizona State in four sets.
Playing the next afternoon in Tucson, Orlandini and the Dawgs held Arizona to a .067 mark on offense, as the La Cañada, Calif. native had 12 more digs and an ace. She added seven assists over the weekend. Over the two matches, Orlandini averaged 6.14 digs per set.
Orlandini also won Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 9 of this year and once as a sophomore in 2011. The Huskies have now notched six Pac-12 Player of the Week awards this season, three Offensive and three Defensive.
Third all-time in UW history, Orlandini is also climbing the Pac-12 career digs record list, as she recently became just the 13th player with 1,800 digs. She currently has 1,816.
The third-ranked Huskies put their 11-match win streak on the line at home this week against UCLA and fourth-ranked USC, with the Bruins up first on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.