Oregon's Plum and Stanford's Burgess named Pac-12 players of the week

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 17-Sept. 24. OREGON's Lauren Plum was voted Offensive Player of the Week, while STANFORD's Jordan Burgess was selected Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the Conference's Freshman of the Week.

Under the direction of junior setter Lauren Plum (Poway, Calif.), OREGON took the Pac-12 lead in the standings, with two three-set victories over then-No. 2 USC and rival OREGON STATE. The Ducks are the first team this season to top .300 against the defending Pac-12 Champion Trojans, posting a .357 hitting mark, also snapping a 21-match losing streak to USC in Los Angeles. Likewise, UO's .368 hitting percentage versus OSU was 63 points higher than the next-best Beaver opponent mark. Plum's 48 and 46 assists were team season highs for three-set matches as she directed the balanced, fast-paced Duck attack that had four hitters with +10 kills and +.290 marks vs. OSU, while three hitters had +8 kills and topped .375 vs. USC. Her 15.67 assists weekend per set average easily topped her season average entering the week (12.55) that led the nation. Plum also became the third Duck setter to connect on 3,000 career assists, ending the week with 3,034.

STANFORD freshman outside hitter Jordan Burgess (Fort Meyers, Fla.) led the Cardinal to a sweep over California and a win at Utah in the first Pac-12 matches of her career. She averaged 4.57 kills, 4.29 digs, 0.86 blocks and 5.07 points per set in the two matches. Against Bay Area rival Cal, Burgess recorded a match-high 16 kills on 30 attempts with just two errors to hit .467. She also racked up 13 digs and five blocks to register her fourth double-double of the season. In Salt Lake City, she again led the team with 16 kills and 17 digs for her fifth double-double of the year against the Utes. For the season, Burgess is averaging more than 3.00 kills (3.05), digs (3.21) and points per set (3.51).

It is Plum's third-career offensive player of the week honor and first this season. It is the Ducks's 22nd all-time selection and second this year as senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma was voted offensive player of the week earlier this season. It is Burgess' first-career weekly honor and Stanford's 80th all-time. Burgess is the second Cardinal this season to earn freshman of the week nods, after teammate Madi Bugg won the award on Sept. 10.

Weekly awards have been selected every week of the season since the Conference began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. It is the second year the Pac-12 has announced an offensive, defensive and rookie honoree.

The Ducks remain at home this week, hosting Utah on Friday, Sept. 28 and Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 29. Stanford closes a three-match road swing, traveling to Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Sunday.

Another nine Pac-12 volleyball matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks this week. With the Pac-12 schedule getting started last week, it begins to heat up this week. Highlighting the TV slate is WASHINGTON, which hosts UCLA on Wednesday and USC on Friday. All three teams were ranked in the top five in the nation last week.

For more information, including a full television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com.

Also Nominated:
OFFENSIVE: Madi Kingdon, ARIZ; Erica Wilson, ASU; Shannon Hawari, CAL; Alexis Austin, COLO; Inky Ajanaku, STAN; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Katie Fuller, USC;  Morgan Odale, UTAH; Krista Vansant, WASH.

DEFENSIVE: Candace Nicholson, ARIZ; Allison Palmer, ASU; Haley Jacob, ORE; Bojana Todorovic, UCLA; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Shelby Dalton, UTAH; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.

FRESHMAN: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Macey Gardner, ASU; Lara Vukasovic, CAL; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Clelia DeFelice, ORE; Becca Strehlow, UCLA; Samantha Bricio, USC; Katy Beals, WASH

2012 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Players of the Week

2012 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Players of the Week
  Offensive  Defensive Freshman
Aug. 27 Alaina Bergsma, ORE   Arica Nassar, OSU Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 3 Krista Vansant, WASH  Karsta Lowe, UCLA  Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 10 Camille Saxton, OSU Becky Defoe, OSU  Madi Bugg, STAN
Sept. 17 Arica Nassar, OSU  Marcelina Glab, WSU  Macey Gardner, ASU
Sept. 24 Lauren Plum, ORE Jordan Burgess, STAN Jordan Burgess, STAN