UCLA'S Nana Meriwether Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week

Nov. 6, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- UCLA middle blocker Nana Meriwether has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Meriwether, a senior from Potomac, Md., helped the Bruins extend their Conference record to an impressive 11-2, as UCLA beat Arizona 3-1 and swept Arizona State 3-0, over the weekend.

During Friday night's match against Arizona State, Meriwether posted her fifth double-figure blocking performance of the season, marking her fourth double-figure blocking performance against a Pac-10 opponent this season. Her outstanding play continued into Saturday's match against Arizona as she posted 12 kills, 17 attacks, and six blocks.

For the week, Meriwether's kill average of 4.57 kpg was more than half a kill-per-game higher than her season average of 4.03 kpg entering the weekend. In addition, her attack percentage of .583 was more than 100 points higher and her 2.43 blocks per game was over half a block per-game higher than her season average entering the weekend.

With two matches with an attack percentage over .500, Meriwether now has 12 such matches this season. These were her first two matches over .500 for attack percentage since hitting .519 against Washington State on Sept. 29. Meriwether's 25.5 points against Arizona State on Friday night was a new season high and just 1.5 points shy of her career-high total.

This is the fourth weekly honor for Meriwether, her third for the season, and UCLA's 52nd Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time. There have only been seven other players all-time to receive Player of the Week honors three or more times in a single season, with three of the seven receiving Pac-10 Player of the Year. The last player to earn three or more nominations in a single season was Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani in 2004.

Also Nominated: Sonja Newcombe, FR, MB, ORE; Rachel Rourke, FR, OH, OSU; Kristin Richards, SR, OH, STAN; Asia Kaczor, JR, OPP/OH, USC; Stevie Mussie, JR, OH, WASH.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 28 - Angie Pressey, CAL; Sept. 5 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Sept. 11 - Cynthia Barboza, STAN; Sept. 18 - Asia Kaczor, USC; Sept. 25 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Oct. 2 - Katie Carter, UCLA; Oct. 9 - Kristin Richards, STAN; Oct. 16 - Sonja Newcombe, ORE; Oct. 23 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA ; Oct. 30 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Nov. 6 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA.

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