Clayton Named Pac-12 Offensive Player Of The Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Colorado volleyball graduate student Leah Clayton has been named the first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the 2021 season, the conference announced Monday.
The graduate student from Danville, Va., led the Buffs with and outstanding 5.92 points per set in two matches at the Charlotte Invitational on her way to being named the Charlotte Invitational Most Valuable Player. She finished the weekend with 37 kills, averaging 5.28 kills per set while hitting .382 in CU's two wins against Xavier and Charlotte.
In the opening match of the season, Clayton put down 22 kills and a double-double against Xavier with 11 digs. She backed up that performance with 15 kills and two aces in a sweep of Charlotte. She finished the weekend with 37 kills, a pair of assists and aces, 14 digs and three blocks.
Clayton is the first Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week since the Alexa Smith in 2017 and becomes just the fifth CU player to earn the honor is school history.
Clayton took the offensive honor and is now fifth in the country in kills per set and sixth in points per set. Stanford's Elena Oglivie was named the Defensive Player of the Week and Stanford freshman Kami Miner took the Freshman of the Week honor.
The Buffs return to action this weekend in the Pac-12/BIG TEN Challenge with matches against Iowa Friday at 3 p.m. MT and Saturday at 1 p.m. against Illinois.