Taylor Formico Earns Third Pac-12 Defensive Player Of The Week

  0 volleymob | November 21st, 2016 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12

Press Release

Courtesy of UCLA Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO – Senior Taylor Formico was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, as announced by the conference on Monday. Formico had 42 digs and two service aces in two victories last week against Oregon State and Oregon to help the Bruins remain in a tie for first place in the league standings.

Against Oregon State on Wednesday (Nov. 16), Formico extended her double-figure digs streak to 49 in a row just in the first set when she had 12. She added nine more in the second and six in the third to finish with 27 digs, coming one shy of tying the school record for digs in a three-set match. Formico, who also had two aces versus the Beavers, added 15 digs and a kill on Friday (Nov. 18) versus #19 Oregon. Formico leads the Bruins and all Pac-12 players with 5.15 digs per set, also ranking 21st in the nation.

The Bruins have won seven Pac-12 weekly honors this season, with Formico also earning DPOW accolades on Oct. 17 and 31. Freshman Torrey Van Winden is a three-time award winner, having claimed Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, as well as Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 17. Senior Jennie Frager was the conference’s Offensive POW on Aug. 29. Since 2011, when the conference started handing out Offensive, Defensive and Freshman of the Week honors, UCLA has won 11 Offensive, eight Defensive and six Freshman awards (25 total). The Bruins have 86 all-time Pac-12 weekly awards.

UCLA travels to Seattle to take on fellow Pac-12 co-leader Washington on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The match will air on Pac-12 Network National and Los Angeles. The Bruins can win a share of the league title and earn the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid for the first time since 1999 with a victory at Washington.

Press Release

Courtesy of Stanford Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer has been selected the Pac-12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week, the conference announced today.

Plummer led Stanford offensively to a pair of road sweeps at Arizona State and Arizona last week, averaging a team-best 4.67 kills and 5.17 points per set. She hit a combined .333 in the two matches while also collecting 2.83 digs and 0.50 blocks per set.

At ASU, the Aliso Viejo, California native registered a match-high 13 kills on a .360 attack percentage to go with seven digs, three blocks and an ace. At Arizona, she recorded her team-best eighth double-double with a match-high 15 kills on .312 hitting and 10 digs.

It marks the third freshman of the week honor for Plummer and the 20th all-time for the Cardinal, which is the most in the conference. It is the first offensive honor for the rookie and the 100th player of the week all-time for Stanford.

Stanford closes out Pac-12 Conference play this week, hosting No. 19 Oregon on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. and Bay Area rival California on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. Cardinal seniors, Inky Ajanaku and Kelsey Humphreys, will be recognized before the match on Friday.

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