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Lowe Makes History With Second Straight Pac-12 POW Award

Sep 15, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO - Senior Karsta Lowe made history on Monday when she was named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight time. It marked the first time in program history that a Bruin earned the award in consecutive weeks, as UCLA received its 73rd all-time weekly honor from the conference.

Lowe, the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week last Monday following her performance at the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, helping the Bruins to a trio of wins last weekend, including a sweep of host #22 Hawai’i.

Lowe averaged 5.50 kills and 5.95 points per set in the three matches, surpassing double figures in kills in each contest. She also had 19 digs (1.90 per set) and seven blocks (0.70) in the three contests.

The senior opened the tournament with 16 kills, four digs and three blocks against San Francisco on Sept. 11. She hit at a .520 percentage with only three errors in 25 attempts. Lowe led the Bruins in kills in the first set with seven, adding three in the second. She then posted six kills and no miscues in eight swings in the third.

On Sept. 12 versus the host Rainbow Wahine, Lowe had 17 kills, six digs, two blocks and a .333 hitting percentage. She was the team leader in kills in all three sets, recording four with no errors in the first, six in the second and seven in the third to finish off the sweep of the 22nd-ranked team in the country.

Lowe finished the weekend with a 22-kill effort against Utah State on Sept. 13, her fourth match this year with at least 20 kills. She was a dig shy of a double-double and added two blocks and an ace. Lowe again led UCLA in kills in every set, posting eight in the first, five in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth. She saved her best for last, committing no errors in the fourth on 11 attempts.

Lowe leads the country with 6.42 kills and 7.19 points per set. She is also first on the team with a .376 hitting percentage, second with seven aces, third with 0.88 blocks per set and fourth with 1.92 digs per set.

Monday's award marked the fourth time in her career that Lowe has been bestowed a weekly honor by the Pac-12. She was named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 3, 2012 and Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2, 2013.

Lowe became the sixth Bruin to receive at least four conference POW honors, joining the illustrious list with Natalie Williams (8 POWs), Daiva Tomkus (6), Kristee Porter (5), Annett Buckner (4) and Nana Meriwether (4).

The Bruins, up three spots in this week's AVCA poll to 22nd, complete non-conference tournament action this weekend at the Fullerton Classic, facing Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m., Yale on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. Free audio will be available for all three matches at UCLABruins.com.