Nov. 14, 2005
LOS ANGELES - UCLA freshman setter Nellie Spicer has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week and the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for Nov. 7-13.
She is the second consecutive Bruin to win the Pac-10 honor after teammate Nana Meriwether was so honored last week. Spicer becomes just the third Bruin in history to win the AVCA honor, joining Annett Buckner (Oct. 17, 1994) and Kristee Porter (Oct. 19, 1998) on that elite list.
Spicer, a freshman from Barrington, Ill., steered UCLA's offense to a five-game road win at Pepperdine, a sweep of Washington State, and a five-game win over previously undefeated Pac-10 leader and then No. 2 Washington. She tied her career-high with seven kills at Pepperdine on Tuesday while also posting career-highs with seven blocks and 12 points in that match. In the Bruins' upset win over the Huskies, Spicer dished out a career-high 71 assists, the first 70+ assist performance by a UCLA setter since Krystal McFarland had a 76-assist performance in a five-game loss to Hawai'i on Sept. 11, 2004. McFarland and Spicer's 70+ assist performances are the only such performances in UCLA history since the start of rally scoring in 2001.
Spicer enters this week averaging 1.18 assist per-game better than her season average at this time last week. She is fourth in the Conference in assists, averaging 12.53 per game.
No. 16 UCLA (16-8, 8-6) will travel to the Arizona schools this weekend, facing Arizona State on Fri., Nov. 18 and No. 6 Arizona on Sat., Nov. 19.
This is Spicer's first weekly honor and UCLA's 48th Player of the Week honor all-time.
2005 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 6- Jennifer Abernathy, ARIZ; Sept. 12- Foluke Akrinadewo, STAN; Sept. 19- Courtney Thompson, WASH; Sept. 26- Angie Pressey, CAL; Oct. 3- Bibiana Candelas, USC; Oct. 10- *Sanja Tomasevic, WASH; Oct. 17- *Kristina Baum, ARIZ; Oct. 24- Debora Seilhamer, USC; Oct. 31- Kim Glass, ARIZ; Nov. 7- Nana Meriwether, UCLA; Nov. 14- * Nellie Spicer, UCLA.
* - Also named AVCA National Player of the Week