Junior Karsta Lowe was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Bruins to a perfect 3-0 record at last weekend's Doubletree Los Angeles Westside Invitational.
Lowe recorded double figures in kills in all three matches, posting 52 kills in 10 sets (5.20 kps) and an outstanding .557 hitting percentage, more than 250 points above her career clip. Even more amazing with those lofty numbers is that Lowe accomplished it mostly playing only three rotations every trip around the floor.
In the season opener against five-time defending America East regular-season champion Albany, Lowe paced the Bruins with 11 kills in a three-set victory, making only one error in 22 attacks (.455) to go with six digs. After going 3-for-3 in the opening set and posting two kills in the second, Lowe had six digs and no errors in the third with five digs.
In Saturday’s early matinee sweep against North Texas, Lowe was the lone Bruin in double figures in kills, setting a career high with 18. She had only two errors in 22 swings for a personal-best .727 hitting percentage. The junior was a perfect 8-for-8 in kill attempts in the first set with three digs and two blocks. She added six kills in the second and four more in the third.
In the tournament championship match on Saturday night against Loyola Marymount, a team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, Lowe led the Bruins in kills for the third straight contest, setting another career high with 23. She hit .514 and added four blocks. Lowe paced UCLA in kills in all four sets, going for three in the first, five in the second, seven in the third and eight in the fourth.
Lowe earned her second Pac-12 weekly honor, a day shy of the year anniversary of her first award last Sept. 3 when she was named conference Defensive Player of the Week for her performance at the UCSB Invitational.
The now 10th-ranked Bruins, up two spots in this week's AVCA rankings, head to Honolulu on Tuesday for this weekend's Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. UCLA faces Santa Clara on Thursday at 8 p.m., New Mexico State on Friday at 8 p.m. and #9 Hawai'i on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.