Johnson Garners Another Honor As AVCA National Player Of The Week
Courtesy of Long Beach State Athletics
One day after being named the Big West Player of the Week, Janisa Johnson was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week. Johnson led the 49ers to a trio of wins in the final week of the season to win the award.
Johnson helped the 49ers extend their winning streak to 15 straight matches as No. 23 Long Beach State heads into the NCAA Tournament on Friday against No. 20 San Diego.
Playing out of the back row in a sweep against Loyola Marymount in the first of three matches, Johnson had six kills and eight digs in the first of three wins.
The next night, Johnson subbed into the front row and made an immediate impact against an NCAA Tournament team, Central Michigan. Johnson finished with 14 kills with no errors, hitting .538 with eight digs and five blocks. Johnson finished up her week with a double-double, making 13 kills and 16 digs against New Mexico.
On the week, Johnson averaged 3.00 kills per set and 2.91 digs per set while hitting .406 to garner the award.
Johnson becomes the ninth 49er to win National Player of the Week honors, and the first since Ashley Lee, after Lee recorded a quadruple-double last season. Johnson joins Lee, Nichelle Burton, Alexis Crimes, Traci Dahl, Benishe Dillard, Misty May, Jillian Mazzarella, and Keri Nishimoto as winners of the award from Long Beach State.