Alex Jupiter Wins Honda Award For Women's Volleyball
Dec. 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- USC outside hitter Alex Jupiter (Paris, France/Redondo Union HS) earned the 2011 Honda Sports Award for women's volleyball and will be eligible to win the Honda Cup, which is awarded to the nation's collegiate woman athlete of the year.
She earned the honor after a nationwide ballot was sent to more than 1,000 NCAA member institutions. The winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup will be announced June 22-23, 2012, in Los Angeles. The American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will donate $5,000 to USC's women's athletic program.
It is the fourth time in USC history that a player has earned the Honda Award for women's volleyball (Debbie Green won it twice in 1977 and 1978 while April Ross won it in 2003).
Jupiter finished the season with 514 kills (4.47 kps) and a .265 hitting percentage. She had 13 assists (0.11 aps), 57 service aces (0.50 saps), 360 digs (3.13 dps), 63 blocks (0.55 bps) and 619.5 points (5.39 pps). She helped USC finish with a 29-5 overall mark and back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances, the first time USC had accomplished that since 2004.
Jupiter was named 2011 AVCA National Player of the Year along with earning AVCA All-America first team and Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year honors. She is the first three-time All-American at USC since Bibiana Candelas in 2005 and first two-time first team All-American since Emily Adams in 2004.
She now holds three USC career records for kills (1,918), points (2,255.5) and attempts (4,759). She is now tied for third place on USC's all-time list for career solo blocks (123) and 10th for career digs (1,094).
Her 514 kills were good for sixth place on USC's single-season list and Jupiter becomes the first player in USC history to record 500 kills or more in a season three times. Her 57 service aces on the season were the third-most in school history and her 0.50 service aces per set average is second all-time at USC.
Her final match as a Trojan came last night in USC's five-set loss to No. 3 seed Illinois in the NCAA national semifinal. Jupiter posted 32 kills, 12 digs and two blocks. After just seven kills through the first two sets, she came back with a combined 23 kills in sets three and four against the Fighting Illini.
She was named most outstanding player at the NCAA Honolulu Regional after posting 50 kills, seven aces and 55 digs against No. 3 Hawai'i and No. 18 Pepperdine. In the five-set regional semifinal win against Hawai'i, she recorded career highs with 33 kills and 26 digs. In the fifth set alone against a sellout crowd of 10,300, Jupiter took over the match with eight kills and one aces in the set. The following night in the regional final, she bested her dig total with 29 digs to go with 17 kills. She is currently sixth in the nation for points, tied for sixth for service aces and 21st for kills.
In conference matches this season with USC posting a 10-2 record against ranked opponents, Jupiter recorded 306 kills (4.37 kps) with a .283 hitting percentage for the inaugural Pac-12 Conference regular-season champions. She had 39 aces (0.56 saps) with 209 digs (2.99 dps), 43 blocks (0.61 bps) and 377.5 points (5.39 pps).