Powell Pac-12 Setter Of Year Leading Six Husky Honors
SEATTLE – Washington put a Pac-12 leading four women on the All-Pac-12 Volleyball Team today including junior Ella May Powell, who repeated as the Pac-12 Setter of the Year. Powell, Claire Hoffman, Samantha Drechsel, and Marin Grote landed on the All-Pac-12 Team, with Lauren Sanders earning honorable mention and Lauren Bays making the All-Freshman Team.
The Huskies finished the regular season on Saturday with a repeat Pac-12 championship, defeating rival Washington State to finish 17-3 in league play and securing the program's seventh conference title. Washington earned the No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament, which will begin on Friday, Dec. 3, with a first round match against Brown at Alaska Airlines Arena.
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For the second-straight season, Ella May Powell wins the Pac-12's top setter award ??
— Washington Volleyball (@UWVolleyball) November 29, 2021
Powell, the Fayetteville, Ark. product, was named Pac-12 Setter of the Year for the second-straight season, leading the Huskies to the best attack percentage in the conference and tenth in the nation at .285. She is averaging a career-high 10.92 assists per set this season while adding a career-best 2.38 digs per set, and tallying 0.31 aces per set. Her 4,863 assists are now third all-time at Washington and 16th in Pac-12 history, and her 140 aces are seventh at UW and 19th in Pac-12 history.
Hoffman is a repeat All-Pac-12 Team performer after earning the honor for the first time last spring. The Pleasant Hill, Ore. native has boosted her production across the board, going from 3.31 kills in the spring and a .231 attack percentage, up to 3.73 kills per set and a .304 mark this year. She is also second in the Pac-12 with 0.40 aces per set. Hoffman was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 8 and recently became the 21st Husky to surpass 1,000 career kills.
Yet another Husky back on the All-Pac-12 Team is senior opposite Samantha Drechsel. One of the most dominant right side attackers in school history, Drechsel is up to seventh all-time at UW with 1,453 career kills. The Woodinville, Wash. native is averaging 3.43 kills per set this season and hitting .303, but in Pac-12 play she upped that to 3.75 kills per set and a .327 percentage. Drechsel was the AVCA National Player of the Week on Nov. 23, the first Husky to win that honor in seven years.
After earning honorable mention in the spring, junior middle blocker Marin Grote moved up onto the 18-member All-Pac-12 Team this fall. She earned that by ramping up her production from 1.37 kills per set a year ago to 2.19 per set this season, and improving her attack percentage from .331 to .411, which currently ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12. Grote also is second on the squad with 1.03 blocks per set and was twice named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week this season.
The No. 5 blocker in Pac-12 history, Lauren Sanders earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the fifth time today. The school record-holder for sets played with 524, Sanders has now put down a whopping 642 career blocks, second all-time at Washington and fifth all-time in the Pac-12. The Snohomish, Wash. product is averaging 1.29 blocks per set this season to rank third in the league. Added to that, Sanders has 805 career kills and is set to embark on a fifth NCAA tourney with the Dawgs.
Starting Husky libero Lauren Bays was one of seven student-athletes voted to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Bays started at libero for the first time on Oct. 1, from which point the Huskies went 17-1 to win the Pac-12. A native of Orange County, Calif., Bays leads the Huskies with 265 digs on the season, and in Pac-12 play she ranks 10th with 3.23 digs per set. She has also added 20 aces on the season against just 19 errors.
2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year: Mac May, UCLA
2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Kami Miner, Stanford
2021 Pac-12 Setter of the Year: Ella May Powell, Washington
2021 Pac-12 Libero of the Year: Zoe Fleck, UCLA
2021 Co-Pac-12 Coaches of the Year: Jen Greeny, Washington State and Michael Sealy, UCLA
2021 ALL-PAC-12 WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
|Karson Bacon, Oregon||MB||6-4||Fontana, Calif.|
|Caitie Baird, Stanford**||OH||6-3||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Brooke Botkin, USC***||OH||6-2||Houston, Texas|
|Anna Dodson, UCLA||MB||6-5||Fort Collins, Colo.|
|Samantha Drechsel, Washington**||OH||6-4||Woodinville, Wash.|
|Dani Drews, Utah****||OH||6-0||Sandy, Utah|
|Zoe Fleck, UCLA**||DS/L||5-6||Granada Hills, Calif.|
|Marin Grote, Washington||MB||6-4||Burbank, Calif.|
|Claire Hoffman, Washington**||OH||6-2||Pleasant Hill, Ore.|
|Iman Isanovic, Arizona State||OH||6-1||Riga, Latvia|
|Magda Jehlárová, Washington State***||MB||6-3||Prerov, Czech Republic|
|Kendall Kipp, Stanford||OPP||6-5||Newport Beach, Calif.|
|Mac May, UCLA****||OH/OPP||6-3||Dubuque, Iowa|
|Brooke Nuneviller, Oregon**||OH/L||5-11||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Ella May Powell, Washington***||S||6-0||Fayetteville, Ark.|
|Hannah Pukis, Washington State**||S||5-11||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Madelyn Robinson, Utah||OH||5-10||Highland, Utah|
|Pia Timmer, Washington State**||OH||6-2||Emlichheim, Germany|
** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Brynna DeLuzio, COLO; Candice Denny, USC; Jenna Ewert, COLO; Kamaile Hiapo, ARIZ; Stef Jankiewicz, UTAH; Marta Levinska, ASU; Sofia Maldonado Diaz, ARIZ; Shelby Martin, UCLA; Grace Massey, OSU; élan McCall, UCLA; Kami Miner, STAN; Georgia Murphy, ORE; Gloria Mutiri, ORE; Lauren Sanders, WASH; Shannon Scully, USC; Maya Tabron, COLO; Zoe Weatherington, UTAH; Emilia Weske, USC.
2021 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
|Tyrah Ariail, USC||MB||6-1||Frisco, Texas|
|Lauren Bays, Washington||L||6-8||Orange County, Calif.|
|Sami Francis, Stanford||OH||6-6||San Diego, Calif.|
|Kami Miner, Stanford||S||6-0||Redondo Beach, Calif.|
|Katy Ryan, Washington State||OPP||6-5||Rathdrum, Idaho|
|Puk Stubbe, Arizona||OPP||6-0||Gouda, Netherlands|
|Mia Tuaniga, USC||S||5-9||Long Beach, Calif.|