Sept. 5, 2006
UCLA senior middle blocker Nana Meriwether has been named the Pac-10 Volleyball and Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 28-Sep. 4.
Meriwether, a senior from Potomac, Md., was named the MVP of the Hawaiian Airlines Classic after UCLA posted three-game sweeps of Colorado, then-No. 5 Florida and then-No. 7 Hawai'i. In the Bruins match-up against Colorado, Meriwether tallied a season-high 10 blocks.
For the tournament, Meriwether had a record-setting performance against the Florida Gators as she boasted a .875 attack percentage, marking the highest attack percentage in UCLA history for a player with 20 or more total attacks. Her performance surpassed the .741 (20-K-0E-27TA) mark set by UCLA career kills leader Kristee Porter, which was set on Sept. 8, 2001 against Pepperdine.
Meriwether becomes the fourth UCLA player in history and second in as many seasons to earn the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week award. She joins Annett Buckner (Oct. 17, 1994), Porter (Oct. 19, 1998) and current teammate Nellie Spicer (Nov. 14, 2005) as AVCA National Player of the Week honorees. It is Meriwether's second career Pac-10 Player of the Week award and UCLA's 49th all-time honor.
The Bruins moved up seven spots in the AVCA poll, from 10th to third, following the team's performance at the Hawaiian Airlines Classic.