UW's Vansant, Gil and ASU's Gardner 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. 25-30. WASHINGTON's Krista Vansant and Amanda Gil were voted Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, while ARIZONA STATE's Macey Gardner was selected Conference's Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
Sophomore outside hitter Krista Vansant (Redlands, Calif.) powered the Huskies to consecutive top-five upsets with wins over fourth-ranked UCLA and third-ranked USC. It was the first time since 2006 that UW defeated top-five teams in back-to-back matches. On Wednesday against the Bruins, Vansant put down a career-high 31 kills against just five errors for a .448 attack percentage. It was the first 30-kill performance by a Husky since 2008 and the most of any Pac-12 player this season. She also added 11 digs for a double-double, as Washington outlasted UCLA in five sets for a ninth-straight win over the Bruins in Seattle. Against the third-ranked Trojans on Friday, Vansant led the team again with 12 kills in the three-set victory, missing just twice for a .370 attack mark. She hit .424 for the weekend while averaging 5.38 kills per set. Washington is off to its best start since 2009.
Senior middle blocker Amanda Gil (San Jose, Calif.) dominated at the net, helping UW to a pair of upsets of top-five teams last week. Playing against her former team for the first time since becoming a Husky, Gil had a team-high eight block assists against fourth-ranked UCLA, as UW held the Bruins to a .238 attack percentage, well under their .301 season average. She also added six kills on a .357 attack percentage, as UW won its ninth-straight against the Bruins in Seattle. Against the Trojans, Gil had six more blocks in three sets, as USC hit just .221 for the night. For the week, Gil averaged 1.75 blocks per set.
Freshman outside hitter Macey Gardner (Gilbert, Ariz.) posted 20 kills against California en route to helping ASU beat the Golden Bears for the first time since 2010. She hit .350 and contributed 22.0 points, as the team hit a season-best .440. Ten of Gardner's kills came in the third set alone. In the loss to then-No. 7 Stanford, she was one kill shy of her single-match best, posting 27 to lead both squads in the category. Gardner recorded her seventh double-double of the year, adding 13 digs to her tally against the Cardinal. Gardner had team highs of 47 kills for 6.71 per set while swinging .219 over the the two matches. She is averaging 5.05 kills per set, leading the Pac-12 in the category.
It is Vansant's second-career offensive player of the week honor, the second time this season season she has earned the nod. It is Gil's first-career weekly honor. With the two selections this week, Washington has received 34 weekly honors all-time. Gardner's freshman of the week selection is the third for ASU all-time.
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.
Both ASU and UW hit the road this weekend. The Sun Devils face a tough road swing to face UCLA on Friday, Oct. 5 and USC and Sunday Oct. 7. Both the Bruins and Trojans have been ranked in the top five in the nation in every poll that has been announced. Meanwhile, the Huskies hit the road to face Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday. All four matches, as well as five others this week, will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
For more information, including a full television schedule, visit www.pac-12.com.
OFFENSIVE: Madi Kingdon, ARIZ; Macey Gardner, ASU; Christina Higgins, CAL; Alaina Bergsma, ORE; Camille Saxton, OSU; Carly Wopat, STAN; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Samantha Bricio, USC; Morgan Odale UTAH.
DEFENSIVE: Candace Nicholson, ARIZ; Whitney Follette, ASU; Kat Brown, CAL; Haley Jacob, ORE; Haley Clarke, OSU; Carly Wopat, STAN; Zoë Nightingale, UCLA; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Bailey Bateman, UTAH.
FRESHMAN: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Mary McKennon, CAL; Clelia DeFelice, ORE; Katelyn Driscoll, OSU; Inky Ajanaku, STAN; Samantha Bricio, USC; Katy Beals, WASH.
|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|
|Oct. 1||Krista Vansant, WASH||Amanda Gil, WASH||Macey Gardner, ASU|