WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – For the fourth time this season, junior Krista Vansant has been named a Pac-12 Player of the Week, earning the Offensive honor for the third time today. She also has one Defensive award to her credit this season. Last week the outside hitter helped the third-ranked Huskies complete season sweeps of UCLA and USC for the first time since 2008.
Washington (23-1, 15-1 Pac-12) has a two-game lead in the Pac-12 with four to play, and the first of those four matches is a road clash with No. 5 Stanford, which is the team closest to UW in the standings at 13-3. If the Huskies win that Wednesday match they would clinch a share of the conference title.
Vansant (Redlands, Calif.) hit a combined .382 over the two wins against the Bruins and then-No. 4 Trojans last week. She averaged an impressive 6.0 points per set, with 5.0 kills per set, 1.29 blocks per set, 0.29 aces per set, and 2.57 digs per set.
In the first match against UCLA, the Huskies earned a 3-0 sweep behind Vansant’s 14 kills and .393 hitting percentage. In Friday’s showdown with USC, Vansant had 21 kills on a .375 mark and added 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the year, plus a season-high six blocks and two aces.
This is the third year that the Pac-12 has divided the weekly honors between Offensive, Defensive, and Freshman of the Week. If the offensive honor could be compared to the overall weekly award from 2010 and prior years, Vansant is the first Husky since Christal Morrison in 2006 and 2007 to win three honors in one season. Including her Defensive honor, she is the first Husky to be honored four times in one season.
Vansant is one of just two current players to have won Offensive, Defensive, and Freshman weekly honors in her career.
OFFENSIVE: Jane Croson, ARIZ; BreElle Bailey, ASU; Taylor Simpson, COLO; Liz Brenner, ORE; Carly Wopat, STAN; Karsta Lowe, UCLA; Shelby Dalton, UTAH.
DEFENSIVE: Olivia Magill, ARIZ; Cierra Simpson, COLO; Amanda Benson, ORE; Kelly Reeves, UCLA; Morgan Odale, UTAH; Cassie Strickland, WASH; Kate Sommer, WSU.
FRESHMAN: Penina Snuka, ARIZ; Cierra Simpson, COLO; Amanda Benson, ORE; Jessyka Ngauamo, UCLA; 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 Sybeldeon, WASH Erin Redd-Brandon, UTAH Maddy Kerr, CAL
Samantha Bricio, USC Natalie Hagglund, USC Kyra Holt, WSU
Christina Higgins, CAL Jenna Orlandini, WASH Ebony Nwanebu, USC
Krista Vansant, WASH Carly Wopat, STAN Kyra Holt, WSU