Grote, Endsley Win Pac-12 Weekly Awards
SEATTLE – For the second straight week, Washington volleyball claimed two out of the three Pac-12 Player of the Week awards. Junior Marin Grote was named Offensive Player of the Week today, her first ever weekly honor, while Madi Endsley was named Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
Washington has now had five different players earn Pac-12 weekly honors this season, most of any team in the conference. Arizona and Oregon are the only other teams with two different players honored.
The Huskies took two matches from then-No. 7 Utah last week and swapped places with the Utes in this week's AVCA poll, as the Huskies are now seventh and Utah dipped to ninth.
Grote could have contended for the offensive or defensive honors this week, as she was a force when attacking and a wall against Utah's attacks. The middle blocker hit .600 with seven kills in the first win and then hit .588 with a career-high tying 11 kills the second time out. In the second match, Grote had a career-high 10 blocks, giving her a double-double for the first time, as Washington held Utah to a season-low .150 attack percentage.
Grote is the first Husky middle blocker to win Offensive Player of the Week since Lianna Sybeldon in 2015.
Endsley was a big point producer for the Huskies again last week. The first match on Thursday saw the Temecula, Calif. native post 12 kills on 22 swings with just two errors to hit .455 with a couple blocks. She added 11 more kills on Saturday and added two solo blocks and two block assists. For the week, Endsley produced 3.86 points per set.
Washington now has another first-place/second-place showdown only this time it's on the road. The 10-2 Huskies visit the 8-2 Oregon Ducks for two. Friday, Mar. 5, is the first match at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Mar. 7, is the rematch.
2020-21 Volleyball Players of the Week