Ebony Nwanebu Earns Fourth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Nod
Oct. 15, 2013
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Oct. 7-13. The first-year Trojan was honored by the conference for the third consecutive week and the fourth time overall. Nwanebu was chosen alongside Stanford's Carly Wopat who was the Offensive Player of the Week, and Utah's Chelsey Schofield who was named Defensive Player of the Week.
It is USC's 10th all-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award. Nwanebu was chosen for her performance in the first week of the season and fellow freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins won the honor for the week of Sept. 9-15. Nwanebu then repeated Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and now Oct. 14; and becomes the first player ever to be honored in three consecutive weeks.
Nwanebu's four selections is the second most for a single player since the award's inception in 2011. Only USC sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio was selected more times (five) in 2012. Only offensive and defensive weekly awards are counted in a team's total conference weekly honors of which the Trojans own 55 all-time. USC's 10 all-time freshman awards tops all teams in the league.
It was another solid week for Nwanebu as she put up 3.50 points per set to help the Trojans to a pair of 3-0 victories over Oregon State and Oregon. She had seven kills and hit .286 to go with three blocks against the Beavers and came back to lead USC with 11 kills (.273), two digs, and three blocks, against the Ducks. For the weekend, Nwanebu put up three kills per set, 18 total, and hit .277, to go with 1.00 blocks per set.
Weekly awards have been selected every week of the season since the Pac-12 began sponsoring women's volleyball in 1986. It is the third year in which the conference has selected separate offensive, defensive, and rookie honorees.
The No. 1-ranked Women of Troy (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) are back in action with a pair of matches in the desert. USC faces No. 22 Arizona State (13-5, 2-4) at 8 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 18, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Then the Trojans will take on Arizona (13-5, 3-3) at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Both matches will be carried live on the Pac-12 Networks. Please visit USCTrojans.com for more information and check your local listings for broadcast availability.
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