LEXINGTON, Ky. -- For the second time in as many years, Florida sophomore middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan has been tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.
Also the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Alhassan was named the MVP of the VERT Challenge after the Gators swept the No. 11 Ducks and upset the No. 3 Longhorns on their home court to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Gators’ middle had a team-best 13.5 points in UF’s sweep of Oregon with 11 kills, a service ace and three blocks. Alhassan hit .500 against the Ducks to contribute to UF’s season-best .440 efficiency and first top-15 win of the year.
Alhassan, who celebrated her 19th birthday Monday, then turned around and put up 21 points in UF’s 3-1 win at No. 3 Texas -- the second straight match the Gators have won in Austin. A team-leading 13 kills, two service aces and nine blocks highlighted the Saturday afternoon clash that featured contributions from the whole Gators squad. Powered by Alhassan’s nine roofs, Florida out-blocked Texas a dominating 16.5 to six.
A force at the net both offensively and defensively, Alhassan ranks first in the SEC with 2.50 blocks per set, while her 4.68 points per set are third in the league through the first two weeks of play.
In 2014 as a first-year Gator, Alhassan was the first Florida freshman to be recognized with National Player of the Week honors in six years and the first freshman in the nation to pick up the award in two years after her performance at the USC Classic in Los Angeles.