Drechsel Garners Offensive Player Of The Week
SEATTLE – Coming off two superlative matches in wins over Oregon State and Oregon, fifth-year senior Samantha Drechsel was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. It's the first weekly honor this fall for Drechsel, but the fourth of her career.
The Woodinville, Wash. native hammered out 30 kills on a .551 attack percentage for the week, averaging 5.00 kills per set, as the Huskies swept the Beavers and the 16th-ranked Ducks to remain in a tie for first in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season.
Against Oregon, Drechsel had 15 kills and one error on 20 swings to hit .700, a career-high, and the best attack percentage in the NCAA this season (min. 20 attempts) against a top-25 opponent. She became the first Husky in the rally scoring era with 15+ kills and a .700+ attack percentage against a Pac-12 opponent.
A First Team All-American in the spring, Drechsel is now averaging 3.37 kills per set for the season and hitting a career-high .306. In conference matches, she's been even better, averaging 3.71 kills per set and hitting .334.
She is up to 1,420 kills in her Husky career, seventh in school history.
12th-ranked Washington has a quick trip on tap to Colorado, where the Huskies will face the Buffaloes on Wednesday at 12 noon Pacific time. After getting back home for Thanksgiving, the Huskies will host the 21st-ranked Cougars on Saturday, Nov. 27, in a match that could decide the Pac-12 title. The Huskies will clinch at least a share of the title if they win both matches this week.
2021 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Weekly Awards