Drews Collects Second Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Honor
SAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah outside hitter Dani Drews has earned this week's Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. The weekly award selection marks the second of the season for Drews and the fifth of her career.
Drews led Utah to its first road sweep over the Oregon schools since 2016, which included a sweep over the No. 17-ranked Ducks. The Sandy, Utah native averaged 6.71 kills per set after totaling 18 kills against Oregon and then posting a season-high 29 kills in the four-set win over Oregon State.
Drews' 29 kills was just one shy of tying her own school-record for kills in a four-set match (30) and was the seventh time she has hit the 20-plus kill mark this season. The fifth year Ute hit .344 on the weekend after tallying a .286 clip against the Ducks and then working her way to a .389 hitting percentage in her season-high kill effort on Sunday. She also tied for the second-most digs on the team this weekend, finishing with 14 digs.
Already leaving a mark at Utah as the all-time kills leader with 2,062 kills and counting, Drews also continues to move up in the Pac-12 record books, moving into sixth all-time in conference history in career kills this weekend. She also hit the 1,000 career dig mark against Oregon State, becoming the 12th player in program history to do so. She became the sixth player in conference history to have 2,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.
Drews leads the Pac-12 with 5.00 kills per set this season and is currently third in the nation. She is also first in the Pac-12 with 5.60 points per set and fifth in the nation.
Drews and the Utes are set to host UCLA and USC this weekend at the Jon M. Huntsman Center to continue Pac-12 play. Utah will open the weekend against UCLA on Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. MT.