WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – After helping the No. 4 University of Oregon volleyball team (22-3, 13-3) post its second straight season sweep of its Pac-12 desert rivals (and ever), sophomore outside hitter Liz Brenner was tabbed the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
En route to UO's fourth straight 3-0 win over Arizona on Saturday, Brenner posted team three-set season highs in kills (18) and points (23.5), and led the squad in the category for the seventh time in both categories this year.
She also topped the team in hitting (.516) for the ninth time in ’12, thanks to her seventh +.500 mark. Her match high in aces (4) also stood as a career high and topped the team for the fourth time on the campaign.
In the Ducks’ 10th straight win over Arizona State on Friday, she ranked second on the team in kills (17) and points (17), and her 11 digs marked her fourth double-double of the season.
On the season, she ranks second on the team in kills (3.93 p/s) and points (360.5), and third in hitting (.311) and digs (2.18 p/s).
The league’s other weekly awards for top defensive player and top freshman both went to Stanford’s Brittany Howard.
Overall for the Ducks, Monday’s weekly honor was the 18th in head coach Jim Moore’s eight years at the helm, and 27th all-time for Oregon since 1986.
Brenner’s honor was her first in the offensive category, and third overall after she won Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors twice last year.
Earlier this year, three other Ducks have claimed Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week Honors -
All-America outside hitter and redshirt senior Alaina Bergsma (Aug. 27 / Oct. 15) and All-Pac-12 setter and junior Lauren Plum (Sept. 24).
A complete list of all-time Oregon honorees follows below, and more information on the award is available at the www.Pac-12.org website.
This week, UO remains in the Pacific Northwest and plays at No. 6 Washington and WSU, Friday-Saturday, November 16-17 at 7 p.m. each night. The following week, Oregon wraps up the regular season by hosting No. 5 UCLA, Tuesday, Nov. 20, and traveling to Oregon State, Friday, Nov. 23.
Duck fans can watch Friday’s match vs. UW online live at the Pac-12.org website, and the Bruin and Beaver tilts will be televised live on the Pac-12 Oregon Network.
All-Time Oregon Conference Volleyball Players of the Week
1986 - Sep. 15, Michele Krebsbach
1986 - Oct. 27, Teri Kramer
1987 - Sept. 14, Teri Kramer
1987 - Sep. 28, Teri Kramer
1989 - Sep. 5, Stephanie Snyder
1989 - Oct. 9, Megan McCallister
1991 - Sep. 3, Dawnn Charroin
1995 - Sept. 18, Amy Barnes
2004 - Sept. 7, Lauren Westendorf
2006 - Oct. 16, Sonja Newcombe
2007 - Nov. 12, Gorana Maricic
2008 - Oct. 6, Sonja Newcombe
2008 - Nov. 3, Neticia Enesi
2009 – Oct. 19, Sonja Newcombe
2009 – Nov. 30, Sonja Newcombe
2010 – Sept. 27, Alaina Bergsma
*2011 - Aug. 29, Alaina Bergsma (Offensive)
2011 – Sept. 19, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2011 – Oct. 24, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2011 – Nov. 21, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2011 – Nov. 21, Haley Jacob (Defensive)
2012 – Aug. 27, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2012 – Sept. 24, Lauren Plum (Off.)
2012 – Oct. 15, Alaina Bergsma (Off.)
2012 – Nov. 12, Liz Brenner (Off.)
Freshman of the Week Winners
2011 – Nov. 7, Liz Brenner
2011 – Nov. 21, Liz Brenner
* Starting in 2011, the Pac-10 began separate Offensive/Defensive/Freshman Player of the Week honors (compared to a single POW award from 1986-2010).
Other Pac-12 POW Nominees This Week:
OFFENSIVE: Madi Kingdon, ARIZ; Erica Wilson, ASU; Shannon Hawari, CAL; Neira Ortiz-Ruiz, COLO; Carly Wopat, STAN; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Katie Fuller, USC; Chelsey Schofield, UTAH; Melanie Wade, WASH.
DEFENSIVE: Ronni Lewis, ARIZ; Stephanie Preach, ASU; Kat Brown, CAL; Chelsey Keoho, COLO; Haley Jacob, ORE; Zoë Nightingale, UCLA; Natalie Hagglund, USC; Bailey Bateman, UTAH; Jenna Orlandini, WASH.
FRESHMAN: Halli Amaro, ARIZ; Macey Gardner, ASU; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Canace Finley, ORE; Becca Strehlow, UCLA; Alicia Ogoms, USC; Melanie Wade, WASH.
2012 Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Players of the Week (Offensive / Defensive / Freshman)
Aug. 27 Alaina Bergsma, ORE / Arica Nassar, OSU / Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 3 Krista Vansant, WASH / Karsta Lowe, UCLA / Samantha Bricio, USC
Sept. 10 Camille Saxton, OSU / Becky Defoe, OSU / Madi Bugg, STAN
Sept. 17 Arica Nassar, OSU / Marcelina Glab, WSU / Macey Gardner, ASU
Sept. 24 Lauren Plum, ORE / Jordan Burgess, STAN / Jordan Burgess, STAN
Oct. 1 Krista Vansant, WASH / Amanda Gil, WASH / Macey Gardner, ASU
Oct. 8 Samantha Bricio, USC / Natalie Hagglund, USC / Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 15 Alaina Bergsma, ORE / Kyle Gilbert, STAN / Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Oct. 22: Carly Wopat, STAN / Melanie Wade, WASH / Samantha Bricio, USC
Oct. 29: Tabi Love, UCLA / Natalie Hagglund, USC / Inky Ajanaku, STAN
Nov. 5: Carly Wopat, STAN / Kat Brown, CAL / Brittany Howard, STAN
Nov. 12: Liz Brenner, ORE / Brittany Howard, STAN / Brittany Howard, STAN
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