Pac-12 announces volleyball players of the week

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 Conference office announced today the Pac-12 Volleyball Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 22-28. UCLA’s Karsta Lowe was voted the Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, while ARIZONA’s McKenzie Jacobson was named the Defensive Player of the Week and WASHINGTON’s Tia Scambray was tabbed the Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row.

Karsta Lowe (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) is having an outstanding senior campaign, leading UCLA back into the top 25 after a down season last year. She is leading the nation in kills (6.49) and points per set (7.19), while also leading the team with a .373 hitting percentage and 11 aces. Lowe earns her third weekly honor, and third in four weeks, after averaging 8.17 kills and 8.58 points per set, hitting at a .393 clip as the Bruins went 1-1 last week against a pair of ranked Conference opponents. The then-No. 20 Bruins recorded a stunning, three-set sweep over then-No. 9 USC in the Conference opener on the Trojans’ home court. She posted 22 kills, hit .357, and added six digs and two blocks in the victory. She then had 27 kills, two shy of a career high and exactly half of UCLA’s team total of 54, in the loss to then-No. 18 ARIZONA later in the week. She also had 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season and hit at a .426 clip.

McKenzie Jacobson (Fresno, Calif.) was key factor in the Wildcats’ sweep of two ranked opponents last week. Jacobson had 18 kills while hitting .353 with 13 blocks helping UA upend then-No. 19 ARIZONA STATE (3-2) and then-No. 20 UCLA (3-0). The freshman middle blocker had a season-best eight kills to help Arizona defeat the Sun Devils in five and also added five blocks. The Fresno, Calif., native had the best game of her young career against the Bruins, picking up seven kills on an errorless 14 swings (.500). She also helped Arizona dominate the net, outblocking the Bruins, 15-1, with Jacobson being responsible for eight of those blocks, including three solo.

Tia Scambray (Dana Point, Calif.) posted back-to-back career-highs in kills in Washington's first two Pac-12 matches of the season against WASHINGTON STATE and CALIFORNIA. In a 3-0 win over the rival Cougars, Scambray recorded an outstanding .611 attack percentage with 12 kills, also serving up a pair of aces. She stepped up again in a comeback 3-2 road win at California, posting 15 kills on a .355 attack percentage along with 10 digs for her second double-double of the year. On the week, Scambray led the Husky serve-receive with 71 attempts, making just one error. She has improved her attack percentage to .321 for the season.

It is UCLA’s 73rd all-time weekly honor and the fifth of Lowe’s career. Jacobson’s first-career weekly nod is Arizona’s 33rd all-time. 

No. 4 UW will host No. 19 USC for a mid-week clash on the Pac-12 Networks on Wednesday, Oct. 1, then host the No. 20 Bruins on Friday, Oct. 5. UCLA will then close out the week at WASHINGTON STATE. The No. 14 Wildcats hit the road this week to battle on Friday and COLORADO on Sunday. For a full listing of Pac-12 volleyball matches this week and on the Pac-12 Networks, visit

Also Nominated

Offensive: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Macey Gardner, ASU; Taylor Simpson, COLO; Katelyn Driscoll, OSU; Inky Ajanaku, STAN; Chelsey Schofield-Olsen, UTAH; Krista Vansant, WASH.

Defensive: Amanda Benson, ORE; Darby Reeder, OSU; Kyle Gilbert, STAN; Taylor Formico, UCLA; Lianna Sybeldon, WASH.

Freshman: McKenzie Jacobson, ARIZ; Frankie Shebby, ORE; Mary-Kate Marshall, OSU; Merete Lutz, STAN; Reily Buechler, UCLA; Adora Anae, UTAH.


  Offensive Defensive Freshman
Sept. 1 Madi Kingdon, ARIZ Inky Ajanaku, STAN Mary-Kate Marshall, OSU
Sept. 8 Karsta Lowe, UCLA Inky Ajanaku, STAN Frankie Shebby, ORE
Sept. 15 Karsta Lowe, UCLA Bailey Bateman, UTAH Frankie Shebby, ORE
Sept. 22 Krista Vansant, WASH Arica Nassar, OSU Tia Scambray, WASH
Sept. 29 Karsta Lowe, UCLA McKenzie Jacobson, ARIZ Tia Scambray, WASH
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