Pavan Earns Big 12 Honor

University of Nebraska sophomore right side hitter Sarah Pavan was selected as the Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 7-13, the conference office announced Monday.

Pavan averaged 5.06 points, 4.25 kills, 1.50 digs and 1.12 blocks in two victories last week. She led the nation's top-ranked team to wins at Texas A&M and against No. 12 Missouri, hitting .406 in the process.

At A&M, Pavan tallied 12 kills with a .571 hitting percentage, while recording six digs and three blocks. It marked the sixth time Pavan hit at a .500-plus attack clip this season in addition to posting her second errorless hitting performance overall and first in Big 12 play. With the victory, Nebraska became the first team to sweep the Aggies at home this season.

Pavan had a season-high 22 kills, six blocks and six digs in the 3-2 win over Missouri. She led the Huskers back from a 0-2 deficit, producing nine of her kills and five of the six blocks in the final two games of the match, including seven kills and three blocks in game four. Pavan, a 2004 first-team All-American, also contributed 28 serves without an error and two aces to the NU effort.

It is Pavan's first weekly conference accolade of the season and third of her career. The 2005 Big 12 Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year previously earned player-of-the-week honors on Sept. 27 and Nov. 29 last season. Pavan is the fourth Husker selected for the Big 12's weekly honor, joining junior Christina Houghtelling, senior Melissa Elmer and freshman Jordan Larson.

Nebraska, who is 25-0 and a unanimous No. 1 in this week's AVCA/CSTV poll, travels to Waco, Texas, on Wednesday to take on the Baylor Bears. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Monday's No. 1 ranking marked the 52nd time that NU has been the nation's No. 1 ranked team, breaking the mark it had previous held with UCLA.


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