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Huskies Sweep AVCA Region Awards

Apr 13, 2021

SEATTLE - The Pac-12 Champion Huskies swept the three Pacific North Region postseason awards, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today. Junior setter Ella May Powell was named Pacific North Region Player of the Year. Outside hitter Madi Endsley was named Freshman of the Year. And Head Coach Keegan Cook was named Coach of the Year. In addition, five Huskies earned All-Region Team distinction with one honorable mention.

Inclusion on the AVCA All-Region Teams is a prerequisite for earning AVCA All-America honors. The Pacific North Region is made up of half of the Pac-12 Conference, along with multiple teams from the Big Sky Conference, Big West Conference (which did not compete this season), Mountain West Conference, and WCC. Pac-12 teams in the region include California, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington State.

Huskies on the All-Region Team include Samantha Drechsel, Marin Grote, Claire Hoffman, Ella May Powell, Lauren Sanders, and honorable mention went to Madi Endsley. Powell is now a two-time All-Region team pick. Drechsel and Sanders were both honorable mentions in 2019, and moved up to the top team this year.

Six All-Region honorees, including five on the top team, is a program record for UW. Powell, who last week was named the Pac-12 Setter of the Year, is the second Husky in a row to win Pacific North Region Player of the Year, following Kara Bajema in 2019. Region Player of the Year was only added as an award in 2017. The Freshman of the Year honor has been around much longer, and Endsley is the first Dawg to take that honor in 10 years, since Krista Vansant in 2011. This is Cook's second AVCA Region Coach of the Year honor; he also won it his first year in 2015.

Powell ranks second in the Pac-12 with 10.41 assists per set, and is ninth with 0.33 aces per set. She piloted the Huskies to the league's highest attack percentage, a .262 mark. The Fayetteville, Ark. product is also adding 0.58 kills per set at a .273 attack percentage and averages 0.51 blocks per set. In the final match of the regular season, Powell moved into fourth in school history with 3,503 career assists, and ended the match with her 100th career ace.

Drechsel leads the Huskies and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 3.62 kills per set while hitting .300. Her attack percentage is the highest among the top-30 Pac-12 players in kills per set average. Drechsel also ranks fourth in the league with 0.37 aces per set and has played all six rotations this season for the first time in her career. She was named to the All-Pac-12 Team.

Hoffman, another All-Pac-12 selection, went from 2.51 kills per set and 2.48 kills per set her first two seasons, to 3.34 kills per set this year, and her attack percentage has gone from .163 as a freshman, to .207 as a sophomore, to .239 during this junior season. Hoffman is also in the top-10 in the conference with 0.34 aces per set, and her 0.45 blocks per set is another career-high.

Lauren Sanders ranks second in the Pac-12 with 1.33 blocks per set, and she leads the league in total blocks with 101. Sanders is now fourth in school history with 512 total blocks and she was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week this year and she was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.

Marin Grote, in her first season as a starter, ranks seventh in the Pac-12 with 1.06 blocks per set and her .357 attack percentage is No. 3 in the Pac-12. She earned a Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award and was also All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Endsley, the Temecula, Calif. native, put away 205 kills this season to rank third on the team, averaging 2.70 kills per set and hitting .206. She reached double-digits in kills in 11 of the 20 matches, and also averaged 0.53 blocks per set. Endsley was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times this year.

He has led the Huskies to the NCAA tourney all six seasons, with three Elite Eight appearances. With a 17-3 record this year, Cook now owns a record of 149-39, a .792 winning percentage that is the seventh-highest for any coach in Pac-12 history. 

2020-21 AVCA Pacific North All-Region Team

Name School Pos. Year
Rylin Adams Weber State University OH SR 
Karson Bacon  University of Oregon  MB  R-SO 
Jessica Donahue  Boise State University MB  JR 
Samantha Drechsel  University of Washington  RS  SR 
Marin Grote  University of Washington  MB   JR  
Claire Hoffman  University of Washington  OH  JR 
Magda Jehlárová Washington State University  MB  SO 
Gloria Mutri  University of Oregon  RS  JR 
Brooke Nuneviller  University of Oregon  OH  JR 
Ella May Powell  University of Washington  JR 
Hannah Pukis  Washington State University  R-SO 
Lauren Sanders  University of Washington  MB  SR 
Julia Sangiacomo  Santa Clara University  OH   SO 
Pia Timmer  Washington State  OH  SO 

Honorable Mentions

Name School Pos. Year
Madi Endsley University of Washington OH FR
Joi Harvey  US Air Force Academy  MB  FR 
Georgia Murphy University of Oregon  SO 

Player of the Year: Ella May Powell, University of Washington, S, Jr.

Freshman of the Year: Madi Endsley, University of Washington, OH, Fr.

Coach of the Year: Keegan Cook, University of Washington