LEXINGTON, Ky. — USC women's volleyball senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Lanier is chosen as the national player of the week for the second time in her career (Nov. 14, 2017) and is the third Pac-12 player to be named for the national award this season (Mima Mirkovic, Cal, Oct. 22; Mac May, UCLA, Oct. 29). For USC, it is the 11th time a Trojan has been chosen for the AVCA's National Player of the Week honor.
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Among USC's pantheon of outstanding outside hitters, Lanier now joins three-time All-Americans Samantha Bricio and Alex Jupiter as Women of Troy who were chosen for national player of the week honors twice in their careers. Jupiter was named for the award twice in the same season (2010). Earlier this week, Lanier received her fifth-career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, the second in as many weeks and the 78th all-time for the USC program.
In another out-of-this-world week, Lanier scored the first 40-kill match in the 25-point rally-scoring era by a Pac-12 player and averaged 8.11 kills per set in two matches. She totaled 73 kills and had 76 total points (8.40 pps) on the week.
Her 40-kill performance against Utah was the second-highest in a single match in program history and ranks as the fifth highest in Pac-12 history. Lanier hit .390 en route to collecting her 40 kills (8e) on a career-high 82 attempts. She also had three digs, two blocks, and a service ace. Her 42.5 points against the Utes are the second most in Pac-12 and USC history. Against Colorado, Lanier casually picked up 33 more kills while hitting .452 (5e, 62att) for her third 30-plus kills performance in USC's last four matches. Her 73 kills give her 1,880 in her career and vaulted her into 17th all-time in Pac-12 history.
|2019||Khalia Lanier (Nov. 12)|
|2017||Khalia Lanier (Nov. 14)|
|2015||Samantha Bricio (Nov. 10)|
|2012||Samantha Bricio (Oct. 9)|
|2010||Alex Jupiter (Sept. 6), Alex Jupiter (Nov. 1)|
|2007||Asia Kaczor (Oct. 29)|
|2003||Keao Burdine (Nov. 17)|
|2001||Katie Olsovsky (Oct. 15)|
|2000||April Ross (Nov. 13)|
|1997||Jasmina Marinkovic (Sept. 22)|