University of Nebraska right side hitter Sarah Pavan was honored Monday evening, as she was chosen as the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week.
Pavan, who received the Big 12’s weekly honor earlier Monday, was lauded for her performances at the AVCA Showcase over the weekend. The senior from Kitchener, Ontario, averaged 5.57 kills per game on .382 hitting, 2.00 digs and 1.00 blocks per game in a pair of victories. Against fifth-ranked UCLA, Pavan totaled 25 kills, 12 digs and three blocks in a four-game victory. She opened the weekend with 14 kills on .417 hitting, four blocks and a pair of service aces in the Huskers’ sweep of 2006 NCAA Tournament qualifier Tennessee.
Pavan is the first Nebraska volleyball player to receive the AVCA’s weekly honor since Christina Houghtelling won on Aug. 29, 2005. This is the second time that Pavan has been honored, as she earned the AVCA honor as a freshman in 2004. It is the ninth time a Husker volleyball player has been honored by the AVCA.
Fans will have another opportunity to see Pavan and the No. 1 ranked NU volleyball team this weekend, as the Huskers compete in the Holiday Inn Downtown Classic. Nebraska takes on Creighton on Friday before traveling to Omaha to take on third-ranked Penn State on Sunday. Tickets for the Penn State match at the Qwest Center are on sale now by calling Ticketmaster, visiting Ticketmaster.com or at any Ticketmaster outlet. The tournament wraps up on Monday, as the Huskers will face No. 18 Cal Poly at the NU Coliseum.
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