Bank of the West Volleyball Weekly Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA teammates Tarah Murrey and Kat Brown have been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, while ARIZONA's Madi Kingdon claimed Freshman of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday. The weekly honors reflect performances for the week of Oct. 3-9.
Weekly awards have been selected every week since the Conference began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. The offensive, defensive and freshman of the week honors are new for the 2011 campaign.
Senior Tarah Murrey led the No. 4 Golden Bears to a sweep of then-No. 15 Oregon and a 3-1 victory over Oregon State with 5.29 kills per set, 5.00 digs per set and 1.14 blocks per set en route to 6.07 points per set. Murrey's 19 kills and 15 digs against the Ducks on Friday marked the outside hitter's eighth double-double of the season. She notched 18 kills and 20 digs on Sunday at Oregon State for yet another double-double. Murrey ranks third in the Pac-12 for total double-doubles.
Junior Kat Brown (Aptos, Calif.) tallied a team-high 2.14 blocks per set over Cal's winning weekend in Oregon. She hit .562 versus Oregon and Oregon State and averaged 2.57 kills per set. The middle blocker set a season best in blocks with 7.0 versus the Ducks, then beat that number with 8.0 blocks on Sunday against the Beavers. Brown also registered 18 kills in her Corvallis effort.
Freshman Madi Kingdon (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded double-digit kills in both matches last weekend versus the L.A. schools, most notably a team-high 16 kills in Arizona's upset over then-No. 2 UCLA on Saturday. The outside hitter also notched a team-leading fifth double-double for the season.
OFFENSIVE - Cursty Jackson, ARIZ; Alaina Bergsma, ORE; Camille Saxton, OSU; Carly Wopat, STAN; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Lauren Williams, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH; Kylin Muñoz, WASH.
DEFENSIVE - Candace Nicholson, ARIZ; Lauren Plum, ORE; Becky Defoe, OSU; Rachel Williams, STAN; Lainey Gera, UCLA; Erin Redd, UTAH; Bianca Rowland, WASH.
FRESHMAN - Christina Higgins, CAL; Liz Brenner, ORE; Arica Nassar, OSU; Morgan Boukather, STAN; Zoe Nightingale, UCLA; Hannah Schraer, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH; Krista Vansant, WASH.
|2011 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Player of the Week|
|Aug. 29||Alaina Bergsma, ORE||Bianca Rowland, WASH||Krista Vansant, WASH|
|Sept. 5||Rachael Kidder, UCLA||Karissa Cook, STAN||Krista Vansant, WASH|
|Sept. 12||Rachel Williams, STAN||Carly Wopat, STAN||Arica Nassar, OSU|
|Sept. 19||Alaina Bergsma, ORE||Robin Rostratter, CAL||Chloe Mathis, ARIZ|
|Sept. 26||Kendall Bateman, USC||Kelly Reeve, UCLA||Zoe Nightingale, UCLA|
|Oct. 3||Carly Wopat, STAN||Bianca Rowland, WASH||Christina Higgins, CAL|
|Oct. 10||Tarah Murrey, CAL||Kat Brown, CAL||Madi Kingdon, ARIZ|