McCall and Luper Earn Pac-12 Player of the Week Honors
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Senior outside hitter élan McCall was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and freshman outside hitter Charitie Luper earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors for the fourth time this season, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon.
Luper is only the second Bruin to ever win four conference weekly awards. The last was UCLA Athletics Hall of Famer and two-time Honda Award winner Natalie Williams in 1990.
This is McCall's first Pac-12 weekly award of her career.
The Bruins have now brought in two Pac-10/12 Weekly Award in a single week twice this season, marking the first time since 2011 – when UCLA won its fourth national championship – they accomplished the feat.
McCall tied a UCLA program record for digs in a three-set match with 28 in the Bruins' sweep of No. 16 Oregon on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. She surpassed her former career-high of 22 set at TCU by six digs and needed one less set to do it. In total, the Bruins tallied 76 digs which was the most by any Pac-12 team in a three-set match so far this season.
McCall leads all UCLA pin hitters with nine double-digit dig performances. Only libero Zoe Fleck has recorded more (18).
McCall ranks second on the squad with 167 digs and 2.74 digs per set.
McCall also dug out six balls in the Bruins' fourth home sweep of the season against Oregon State to move to a perfect 5-0 in Pauley Pavilion. McCall was also a point scorer in that match, tallying four kills at a .364 clip with two block assists.
Luper, who previously received Freshman of the Week Awards on Sept. 6, Sept. 27 and Oct. 11, picked up another following another two double-digit kill performances versus the Ducks and Beavers. Luper also notched the fourth double-double of her career in her 16-kill, 12-dig showing against Oregon.
Luper scored 29 total kills (4.83 per set) at a combined .314 hitting percentage in the two matches. Luper also scored points defensively on Sunday, notching three total blocks on the Oregon State attackers.