Barber, Sato, Juley Receive Women's Volleyball Recognition
Multiple award winners Nele Barber and Katie Sato excelled on the court, while Hannah Juley captured her first career honor.
Barber Earns Third Player of the Week Honors
Long Beach State senior Nele Barber (Berlin, Germany/Marquette) captured her third Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honor this season after averaging 5.13 kills per set over two matches.
The 6-1 outside hitter totaled 41 kills, 29 digs and four blocks while hitting .216 (41-20-97) for the week as the 49ers lost to UC Irvine in five sets and swept UC Davis.
Barber knocked down a season-best 23 kills and added 21 digs against UC Irvine for her 16th double-double of the year. It also represented her first 20/20 match of the season and second of her career.
Hitting .333 against UC Davis with 18 kills and just six errors in 36 attempts, Barber averaged 6.00 kills per set. She chipped in eight digs and a block assist. She was particularly productive in the third set with nine of her 18 kills in that frame.
Others nominated: Julie Haake (CSUN); Harlee Kekauoha (UC Irvine); Annie Mitchem (Hawai‘i)
Sato Leads Matador Defensive Effort
Junior Katie Sato (Calabasas, Calif./Agoura HS) averaged 4.89 digs per set to help CSUN split a pair of home matches and collect her second Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week award this season.
The 5-6 libero dug 19 balls against UC Davis in a four-set loss and came back to tally 25 digs in a five-set victory over UC Irvine.
Sato added six assists against the Anteaters, helping CSUN overcome a two-set deficit to pull out the triumph.
The 25-dig effort was her ninth this season with 20 or more in a match. Sato’s defensive effort was key in limiting the Anteaters to .077 hitting over the final three sets after they hit .435 and .312 in sets one and two, respectively.
Others nominated: YiZhi Xue (Long Beach State); Luna Tsujimoto (UC Irvine); Maddie Hubbell (UC Riverside); Elizabeth Sheffield (UC Santa Barbara); Emily Maglio (Hawai‘i)
Juley Directs UC Santa Barbara to Victory Over Rival
UC Santa Barbara setter Hannah Juley (La Grange, Ill./Wisconsin) notched a double-double in three sets against rival Cal Poly to garner Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week honors.
Juley recorded a match-high 31 assists and 11 digs as the Gauchos collected a 25-17, 25-23, 26-24 road triumph on Friday. She added five block assists, two kills and a pair of service aces to help UCSB improve to 5-5 in conference play.
The 11 digs were second-most on the team. Trailing 24-20 in the third set, the Gauchos relied on Juley to close out the match as she played a role in the next six points. She set up Phoebe Grunt for a kill to pull the Gauchos within 24-21, and then served out the next five points, including the two aces.
Others nominated: Melissa Eaglin (CSUN); YiZhi Xue (Long Beach State); Loryn Carter (UC Irvine); Mickayla Sherman (UC Riverside); Norene Iosia (Hawai‘i)