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Nu'u Named National Player of the Week

Nov 13, 2006

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Colorado senior setter Ashley Nu'u was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for her performance in two Colorado victories last week. Nu'u led the Buffs to a three-game win against Kansas and a five-game upset of the top-ranked and undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers. Colorado earned its first win over a No. 1 ranked opponent for the first time in school history.


The Aurora, Colo., native handed out 107 assists in eight games, including all 62 of CU's assists against Nebraska. She averaged 13.38 for the week. The Buffs hit .241 against the Jayhawks and .162 against the Huskers to average a .195 attack percentage. Nu'u also added nine kills, an ace, 15 digs, two blocks and hit .400.


Nu'u directed CU to its first win over Nebraska since Oct. 28, 1997 in front of a Coors Events Center record crowd of 4,111. The loss for NU was just its second conference loss in three seasons and its first loss since falling in the NCAA Championship match in 2005. Prior to the victory, the highest ranked opponent CU had defeated was fourth when the Buffs beat the Huskers in 1997.


In the match against Kansas, Nu'u moved to fourth on CU's all-time career assists chart. She is currently 165 assists from third on the list. With 1,068 assists this season, she is 15th on the single-season assists chart. She is also seventh (1,448) and 13th on the list (1,146).


For the week, Nu'u averaged 1.12 kills, 0.12 aces, 1.88 digs, 0.25 blocks and 1.38 points per game. She was also named Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week for the second time in her career. She was also selected on Oct. 31, 2005 after Colorado knocked off eighth-ranked Missouri in five games at Columbia.


Nu'u is Colorado's first Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week since Nov. 8, 1999 when Kelly Campbell, also a setter, earned the honor. The Buffs have only received this national honor three times. The other Buff to be named was Sarah Lodge on Oct. 13, 1997. Allie Griffin earned national recognition last season and was the first Buff to be named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week on Oct. 18.


The Buffs (15-9, 11-6 Big 12) are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 18. CU will travel to Norman, Okla., for a match against No. 14 Oklahoma. The contest is set for a 6 p.m. start.