LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in program history, the Husky volleyball team has garnered two National Player of the Week awards in the same season, as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) today named Krista Vansant the Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week. The award follows Monday’s Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor for Vansant.
The award comes less than a month after sophomore Lianna Sybeldon won AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Oct. 29. Both awards came after the Huskies swept UCLA and USC, the first time down in Los Angeles, and last week at home in Seattle.
Vansant becomes just the second Husky to earn two National Player of the Week awards in a career, joining All-American Sanja Tomasevic, who won the award once in 2003, and again in 2005. Vansant, a junior, picked up her first award on Oct. 2, 2012, once again following wins over UCLA and USC.
It was another stellar week in all facets of the game for the star outside hitter from Redlands, Calif. Against the Bruins last Wednesday, Vansant tallied 14 kills on .393 hitting with seven digs and three blocks in the sweep. She followed that up with her 10th double-double of the season after smashing 21 kills and collecting 11 digs in a four-set victory over the Trojans last Friday. The 2012 AVCA Second Team All-American also had two service aces and a season-high six blocks. For the week, she averaged exactly five kills, 2.57 digs, 1.29 blocks and six points per set while hitting .382.
UW is the first team to pick up multiple National Player of the Week awards this season. The Huskies have now won the honor a total of eight times.
The Huskies (23-1, 15-1 Pac-12) have a huge road match on tap tomorrow night at No. 5 Stanford, holding a two-game lead over the Cardinal with four to go in the regular season. The match starts at 7:30 p.m. and is live on Pac-12 Networks.
Washington's All-Time AVCA National Players of the Week
Angela Bransom (Sept. 16, 1996)
Makare Desilets (Oct. 27, 1997)
Sanja Tomasevic (Sept. 2, 2003)
Sanja Tomasevic (Oct. 10, 2005)
Jenna Hagglund (Oct. 14, 2008)
Krista Vansant (Oct. 2, 2012)
Lianna Sybeldon (Oct. 29, 2013)
Krista Vansant (Nov. 19, 2013)