Luper Earns Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – Outside hitter Charitie Luper was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Luper, who is receiving the award for the second time this season, led the Bruins with 37 kills and a .390 hitting percentage in the Bruins' 2-0 start to Pac-12 play and has now led UCLA in kills for three matches in a row.
She averaged 4.11 kills per set and led the Bruins with 40.5 points in her nine sets played. Defensively, Luper logged 20 digs in the two matches.
Luper was the first Bruin freshman with 19 kills in their home opener since Kristee Porter (22, 1998). She scored in bunches versus the Trojans with three and five consecutive UCLA kills in the second and third sets, respectively.
Against Stanford, Luper recorded the second double-double of her early career with 18 kills and 13 digs. She picked up six kills in the second and third sets to help upset No. 14 Stanford for the Bruins' first win in Maples Pavilion since 2015.
Through 10 matches, Luper ranks second on the team in kills (104) and kills per set (3.35) and first in hitting percentage (.306).