Oregon's Sonja Newcombe Named Pac-10 Volleyball Player Of The Week

Oct. 16, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- OREGON outside hitter Sonja Newcombe has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 9-15, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Newcombe, a freshman from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., led Oregon to a pair of victories over Arizona State and Arizona over the weekend, marking the Ducks' first two-match series sweep over Pac-10 opponents for the first time in 17 years.

On Friday, Newcombe collected 14 digs to tie her match-high against the Wildcats. In addition, she tallied 17 kills against one error in a three-set win over Arizona. Against the Sun Devils, Newcombe collected 15 digs to pass her previous match-high record, and went on to add 16 kills and eight blocks.

The weekend sweep not only snapped a 16-match losing streak to the Sun Devils and a 15-match losing streak against the Wildcats, but pushed Oregon over the .500 mark in Pac-10 play for the first time since 1989. The Ducks Conference record of 4-3 marks the most Conference wins since 1991.

This is the first weekly honor for Newcombe, and Oregon's 10th Pac-10 Player of the Week all-time. This is the second Duck to receive the honor since 1995, with the most recent being Lauren Westendorf, Sept. 7, 2004.

Also Nominated: Morgan Beck, SO,OH, CAL; Bryn Kehoe, SR, OH, STAN; Katie Carter, SR, OH, UCLA.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 28 - Angie Pressey, CAL; Sept. 5 - Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Sept. 11 - Cynthia Barboza, STAN; Sept. 18 - Asia Kaczor, USC; Sept. 25 - Christal Morrison, WASH; Oct. 2 - Katie Carter, UCLA; Oct. 9 - Kristin Richards, STAN; Oct. 16 - Sonja Newcombe, ORE.

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