Mitchem, Brouker, Ruddins Help Squads Sweep
The three Players of the Week in women’s volleyball were instrumental in helping their teams to 2-0 sweeps in conference play.
Mitchem Leads Charge In Dominant Sweeps
Senior Annie Mitchem (Friendswood, Texas/Irvine Valley College) hit .489 and averaged 4.17 kills per set as Hawai‘i rolled to wins over Long Beach State and CSUN, taking over sole possession of first place in the conference and earning her Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors.
The 6-3 middle hitter recorded 25 kills with seven digs, four blocks and three service aces as the Rainbow Wahine improved to 18-5 overall and 11-1 in the Big West.
Avenging an earlier five-set loss to LBSU, the Rainbow Wahine utilized Mitchem’s 13 kills on .619 hitting to take the 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 triumph. She committed no errors in 21 swings. Mitchem played solidly on the left side against the 49ers with a match-high in kills and season-high in hitting percentage. She also contributed four digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Mitchem faced no letdown in the 25-9, 25-14, 25-16 victory over the Matadors. Her match-high 12 kills paced UH, and she hit .385 with just two errors in 26 attempts. Mitchem also tied a career high with two service aces, adding three digs and two blocks.
She had 15 points in both matches.
Others nominated: Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly); Julie Haake (CSUN); Nele Barber (Long Beach State); Mickayla Sherman (UC Riverside); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara)
Brouker Posts Career-High In Digs
A career-high total in digs helped Cal Poly sophomore Katherine Brouker (San Diego, Calif./West Hills HS) capture Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Brouker, a 5-9 libero, notched 26 digs in a four-set victory over UC Irvine. She followed that performance up with 24 digs in a five-set triumph at UC Davis, tying for her second-highest total in a match.
Brouker averaged 5.56 digs per set as the Mustangs improved to 15-8 on the year and 8-4 in conference, good for third place in the standings.
She has recorded 20 or more digs in six matches this year.
Others nominated: Katie Sato (CSUN); Cristina Maietta (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara); Elizabeth Savanah Kahakai (Hawai‘i)
All-Around Effort Leads To Frosh Honors For Ruddins
Collecting her fifth Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award this season, UC Santa Barbara outside hitter Lindsey Ruddins (Laguna Hills, Calif./Aliso Niguel HS) averaged 3.88 kills, 2.38 digs and 1.38 aces per set in a pair of road wins.
Ruddins finished with a career-best eight service aces in Saturday’s sweep of UC Irvine. The eight aces also constituted a Big West single-season high. She hit .286 with 15 kills and only three errors in 42 swings. Ruddins nearly turned in a triple-double with nine digs to go along with her performance from the service line.
In a five-set victory at UC Davis, Ruddins notched a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. She also chipped in three aces and a block.
Her 1.38 aces average was higher than six team averages in the Big West.
Others nominated: Morgan Salone (CSUN); Mickayla Sherman (UC Riverside); Norene Iosia (Hawai‘i)