Oregon's Newcombe Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week
Nov. 30, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Commissioner Larry Scott announced today that OREGON senior outside hitter Sonja Newcombe has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Nov. 23-29.
A native of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Newcombe led the 18th-ranked Ducks to their first Pac-10 road sweep of the season, including a 3-2 come-from-behind upset over No. 4 WASHINGTON that ended a 17-match losing streak against the Huskies. Against the Huskies, Newcombe set career-highs in kills (36) and points (36.5). Her previous high in kills was 29. The 36 kills ties for the most by a Pac-10 player this season, while the 36.5 points is the third best total. She hit .382 against the Pac-10’s top defense and registered 21 digs.
In Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over WASHINGTON STATE, Newcombe tallied her 47th career double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs. She also had a season-high five blocks. For the season, she has 13 double-doubles with 12 coming in Conference play.
For the weekend, Newcombe posted 53 kills (5.89 kps), 33 digs (3.67), six blocks and 56.5 points (6.28 pps) while hitting .308.
Newcombe ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in kills per set (4.34) and fifth in points (504.0) and points per set (4.89).
This is the fourth weekly honor, second of the season (10/19), for Newcombe, and Oregon’s 15th all-time Player of the Week.
Also Nominated: Alix Klineman, STAN; Lainey Gera, UCLA; Alex Jupiter, USC
2009 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Aug. 31 - Tiffany Owens, ARIZ
Sept. 8 - Renee Bordelon, WSU
Sept. 14 - Lauren Cook, UCLA*
Sept. 21 - Rachel Rourke, OSU
Sept. 28 - Tamari Miyashiro, WASH
Oct. 5 - Alix Klineman, STAN*
Oct. 12 - Janet Okogbaa, STAN
Oct. 19 - Sonja Newcombe, ORE*
Oct. 26 - Hana Cutura, CAL*
Nov. 2 - Kaitlin Sather, UCLA
Nov. 9 - Hana Cutura, CAL
Nov. 16 - Lauren Williams, USC
Nov. 23 - Kendall Bateman, USC
Nov. 30 - Sonja Newcombe, ORE
* - AVCA National Player of the Week