NCAA women's volleyball: USC's Khalia Lanier named AVCA Player of the Week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – USC women's volleyball sophomore outside hitter Khalia Lanier was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Week as announced by the AVCA on Tuesday, Nov. 14. It is Lanier's first-career national award and the 10th in program history for the Women of Troy.
The last Trojan to receive the National Player of the Week award was three-time All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio on Nov. 10, 2015. Lanier is just the second player from the Pac-12 to win the award this season and joins Utah's Adora Anae (Oct. 10). Yesterday, Lanier was chosen for her second Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award this fall (Aug. 28, Nov. 13).
As the Trojans' go-to pin-hitter, Lanier collected 38 kills (4.22 kps) and hit .319 to help the Women of Troy earn a 3-1 win over No. 15 Utah and a 3-2 victory over No. 25 Colorado. The pair of wins helped propel the Trojans to a five-match winning streak and reach the 20-win plateau for the 13th time under 17th-year head coach Mick Haley. Lanier scored her sixth double-double of the season (the 22nd of her career) with 21 kills and 14 digs against the Buffaloes. She also collected four service aces, which included three in a row against Colorado.
This week, the 14th-ranked Women of Troy (20-7, 12-4 Pac-12) head to the Bay Area to meet No. 4 Stanford (22-3, 15-1) and California (13-14, 4-12). USC and the Cardinal meet at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif., to play at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday (Nov. 15) and will be shown live on Pac-12 Bay Area in the Pac-12 Networks' Spike Night matchup.