Sept. 3, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - In addition to her outstanding offensive skills last weekend, it was sophomore Karsta Lowe's defensive accolades which earned her Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, as announced by the conference on Monday.
This season marks the second in which the Pac-12 has handed out weekly Offensive, Defensive and Freshman of the Week awards. Lowe earned her first-ever POW honor and it was the fifth Defensive POW accolade for the Bruins over the last two seasons.
Lowe set personal highs in kills and digs on consecutive nights and posted her first-ever double-double, averaging 3.71 kills, 2.71 digs, 1.29 blocks and 4.64 points per set in two UCLA wins last weekend with a .440 hitting percentage. She was named to the UCSB Invitational All-Tournament Team, as the third-ranked Bruins knocked off Northeastern and the host Gauchos.
Lowe began the weekend with 12 kills and no hitting errors in 19 attempts in UCLA's sweep of Northeastern on Friday. The 12 kills tied a career best, while her .632 hitting percentage and eight digs set personal highs. The sophomore also had three blocks and recorded her first-ever service ace. Lowe was a perfect 7-for-7 in kills in the first set versus the Huskies, adding two kills and four digs in the second and three kills and two blocks in the third.
Lowe was even better on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara, setting a career high in kills (14) and digs (11) for her first-ever double-double. She added a personal-best six blocks, a .323 hitting percentage and another service ace to total a career-high 18.0 points. Lowe, who didn't get in to the match until late in the first set, sparked the offense for the Bruins, who won the last three sets to take the match in four. The sophomore had five kills, three digs and two blocks in the second, five kills and three digs in the third and three kills, five digs and two blocks in the fourth.
The Bruins travel to Honolulu for the Verizon Volleyball Challenge next weekend. UCLA takes on Idaho on Friday, San Diego State on Saturday and ninth-ranked Hawai'i on Sunday. All match times are at 8 p.m. PT.