Drews Named Region Player of the Year, Koerber and Ka'aha'aina-Torres Join Her on All-Region Team
OMAHA – For the second year in a row, Dani Drews has been named the Pacific South Region Player of the Year, the AVCA announced on Tuesday, April 13.
Last week, Drews became the first Utah volleyball player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year and this week she becomes the first Utah player to be named Region Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Drews has had a dominant season leading Utah in kills in every single match and leading the Pac-12 in kills per set with 5.14. She was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice, while she totaled 324 kills in 17 matches. Out of the 17 matches, Drews had seven matches with at least 20 kills and two with 30 kills.
Joining her on the team are fellow teammates Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres and Kenzie Koerber.
Ka'aha'aina-Torres had one of the best seasons as a setter in the Pac-12, leading the conference in assists per set at 10.52. She was the only setter in the top 10 for digs per set averaging 3.16. She led Utah with 199 digs on the season and had a team high this season of 23 digs against Colorado. It is her second time earning All-Region honors and first time landing on the All-Region team. Last season she was named honorable mention All-Region.
Koerber finished the regular season with 153 kills hitting .267. She led the team with 26 service aces and led the Pac-12 averaging .47 service aces per set. Koerber is strong on defense as well finishing third on the team with 42.0 blocks and fourth in digs with 159. This is the second time Koerber has been named to the All-Region team.
Utah is now in the NCAA bubble in Utah preparing for their first match of the tournament. Given a 14 seed, they have a first-round bye and will play the winner of Pittsburgh and LIU on Thursday, April 15 at 8:30 p.m. MT.