Whitson Named Big West Player of the Week

Allison Whitson hit 20 kills at UC Santa Barbara, the highest total by an Aggie for a three-set match since 2007.
(Mark Honbo, Athletics Communications)

Nov. 12, 2012

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior outside hitter Allison Whitson garnered Big West Conference women's volleyball Player of the Week honors for the second time in 2012, it was announced by the league office on Monday. This is the third such award for the Palo Alto, Calif. native in her career.

Whitson tallied 39 total kills for a 6.50 per-set average and hit .326 in road sweeps over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara over the previous weekend, helping the Aggies climb into fourth place in the always-tough Big West race.

The 6-foot-1 Palo Alto High School alumna opened the weekend with 19 kills and a .472 attack average in Friday's 3-0 win against the Mustangs. She finished the match with back-to-back kills, helping UC Davis turn a 23-18 deficit into a 29-27 win in the third set.

The following night, Whitson slammed 20 kills and tallied her 16th double-double of the year with 11 digs to lead the Aggies to their first sweep and only second-ever road win over the Gauchos. In similar fashion to Friday's match, her offense was particularly crucial in the 29-27 third set - she tallied 10 kills on 22 swings, including back-to-back kills to finish the match.

Her 20 kills is the most by an Aggie for a three-set match since Kayla Varney notched that total against Fresno State on August 31, 2007.

Whitson previously won Big West Conference Player of the Week honors on September 10, after earning tournament MVP honors at the Fresno State Classic; and on September 26 of last year, following strong performances against Pacific and UC Irvine to open league play.

Whitson, ranked second in school history in both career kills and career attacks, will compete in her final two home matches on Friday and Saturday against Cal State Northridge and No. 7 Hawai'i this weekend. She will be honored along with fellow departing seniors Caroline Mercado and Kaitlyn Plum in post-match festivities. Tickets are available through tickets.ucdavis.edu.