LONG BEACH, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its national Player of the Week award on Tuesday, recognizing Long Beach State’s Nele Barber as this week’s honoree. Barber becomes the 11th player in LBSU history to win the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I Player of the Week award, and the first since Bre Mackie in 2014. 

Barber, who was named the Big West Player of the Week on Monday, had an incredibly consistent weekend for the Beach, recording at least 17 kills in each match. In her near-triple-double against Duke, she posted a career-high nine blocks to go with 19 kills and 14 digs. In LBSU’s biggest win of the season, a commanding sweep of then-No. 25 LMU, Barber hit a match-high .567, taking 30 swings without an error and putting down 17 kills. 

Overall, in 18 sets played last week, Barber hit .299, averaging 4.39 kills, 2.94 digs and 1.06 blocks per set. 

The 10 Long Beach State players to earn this award prior to Barber are Nichelle Burton (1993), Tracy Dahl (1994), Misty May (1997), Benishe Dillard (1998), Keri Nishimoto (2001), Jillian Mazzarella (2003), Alexis Crimes (2008), Ashley Lee (2010), Janisa Johnson (2011) and Mackie (2014).