IRVING, Texas — Sarah Pavan and Christina Houghtelling (Nebraska) were tabbed the Big 12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for the matches of Aug. 20-26, the league office announced. It is the sixth league weekly accolade for Pavan, while Houghtelling earns the second honor of her career.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sarah Pavan, Nebraska, RS, Sr., 6-5, Kitchener, Ontario/Forest Heights Collegiate Institute
Pavan was selected as the AVCA College Volleyball Showcase MVP after averaging 5.57 kills on .382 hitting, 2.00 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.43 service aces.
The 2007 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year tallied a match-high 14 kills and a .417 hitting percentage along with four blocks and a pair of aces in the sweep of Tennessee on Friday. It marked the Huskers’ 1,000th victory, becoming the third Division I team to accomplish the milestone.
Pavan then led NU with team-leading 25 kills (.362), 12 digs and three blocks in the four-game win over No. 5 UCLA on Saturday to claim the AVCA Showcase title. Her 25 kills were the second-highest total of her career and the most by a Husker since 2004. Pavan also recorded her 13th career double-double while posting at least 20 kills in a match for the 19th time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Christina Houghtelling, Nebraska, OH, Sr., 6-2, Cambridge, Neb./Cambridge
Houghtelling contributed 5.00 digs and 0.86 blocks per game to the Husker effort in her first action since the 2005 season. She compiled a career-high 23 digs and two blocks in NU’s victory over fifth-ranked UCLA. Houghtelling surpassed her previous high of 20 (Oklahoma, 2005) to earn the 11th double-double of her career after recording 10 kills.
Against Tennessee, Houghtelling collected a team-high 12 digs and added four blocks in the tournament opener. Houghtelling and the Husker defense held the Lady Vols to a .088 hitting percentage in three games.
2007 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 27 -- Sarah Pavan, Nebraska, RS, Sr.
2007 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 27 -- Christina Houghtelling, Nebraska, OH, Sr.