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Drews Named AVCA Pacific South Region Player of the Year, Robinson Joins Her On All-Region Team

Dec 7, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Already the most decorated player in Utah volleyball history, Dani Drews continues to build her legacy after being named the Pacific South Region Player of the Year for the third year in a row, the AVCA announced on Tuesday. Joining Drews on the AVCA Pacific South All-Region Team was fellow senior outside hitter Madelyn Robinson.

Drews is the only player in program history to win multiple Region Player of the Year honors and now boasts three of the program's four Region Player of the Year selections. The Sandy, Utah native earned her fourth-straight selection to the AVCA Pacific South All-Region Team and is the only player in program history to earn honors in four seasons.

Drews led the Pac-12 this season with 5.19 kills per set and averaged a league-best 5.45 kills per set during conference play. She also ranked first in the Pac-12 in points per set (5.8). Drews ranks third in the nation in points per set and fourth in kills per set. Drews was a three-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week selection this year, as well as the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week on Sept. 14. Along with leading the way in kills and points, she led the team with 29 matches with double-digit kills this season, 12 double-doubles, and 35 aces, while finishing with the second-most digs (293).

The fifth year Ute became Utah's all-time leader in kills, ending her career with 2,268 kills. She also eclipsed the 1,000-dig mark and posted 1,104 career digs. Drews became the only Ute to post 2,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career and just the sixth player in Pac-12 history to do so. She finished her career second all-time in Pac-12 history for career kills.

Robinson earns her first All-Region honor after finishing second on the team with 3.01 kills per set, which ranked No. 18 in the conference. She totaled seven double-doubles and reached 10 or more kills in 19 matches this season to aid Utah's offense.

In her final season with the Utes, Robinson posted single-match career highs in kills (20), digs (16), aces (3) and blocks (5). Robinson improved averages in kills per set, aces per set, digs per set, blocks per set and points per set from last year's spring season.

Utah's pair of outside hitters led the program to its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 for the third consecutive season. Utah finished 22-9 overall and went 14-6 in Pac-12 play. It is the fourth-straight season Utah has had at least two players named to the Pacific South All-Region Team.