SALT LAKE CITY – Utah senior outside hitter Adora Anae earned a pair of national honors on Tuesday as she was named the Sports Imports/AVCA and espnW National Player of the Week.
Anae, who was tabbed the Pac-12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, becomes just the second player in program history to receive the AVCA's weekly national honor and the first since Brenda Barton-Whicker back on Sept. 15, 1997. She is the first player to earn espnW national honors.
The Punaluu, Hawaii native helped lead the Utes to a 2-0 record on the road this past weekend, which included upsetting then No. 9-ranked Washington this past Friday and earning Utah's first-ever win over the Huskies in Seattle. Utah then closed out the weekend knocking off Washington State on Sunday. Anae totaled 25 kills in the win over UW and then registered another 20-kill effort against WSU. She registered double-doubles in both contests, posting 11 digs against the Huskies and then notching 16 digs against the Cougars. She would go on to average 5.00 kills and 3.00 digs per set.
Along with helping guide Utah to a 14-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in Pac-12 play, the four-year veteran also managed to become the program's all-time leader in kills as she surpassed former All-American Kim Turner's career total of 1,620 kills. Anae heads into the week now with 1,635 career kills.
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Anae was also named VolleyMob.com Player of the Week Honorable Mention.
The No. 13-ranked Utes are on the road again this weekend, taking on both Arizona (Friday, Oct. 13) and Arizona State (Sunday, Oct. 15).