The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Minnesota senior Taylor Carico has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Dec. 7 through Dec 13.
A 5-11 setter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., Carico filled up the box score in leading Minnesota to its third National Semifinal in school history.
In their Regional Semifinal match, the Golden Gophers downed upset-minded Colorado State in four as Carico turned in the team's first triple-double of the season. In the win, the senior tied her career-high with 13 kills on .647 hitting to go with 47 assists, 12 digs and four blocks.
Then, in the Regional Final, Carico flirted with another triple-double in leading Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over No. 3 seed Florida State. While pacing her team to a .331 overall percentage, Carico dished out 44 assists to go with 13 digs, seven kills and two more blocks. She hit .400 in the match.
For the two matches, Carico averaged 11.38 assists, 3.13 digs and 2.5 kills per set as she hit .531 en route to being named to the Regional All-Tournament team.
The second player from Minnesota to win CVU.com weekly honors (Paula Gentil was honored in 2004), Carico joins her sister Lane, a sophomore at the University Miami, in earning accolades this season.
Minnesota faces Texas on Thursday in the National Semifinals.
Editor's Note: This is the sixteenth in a series of Player-of-the-Week selections that will be made through the remainder of the season and announced on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week.
College and conference SIDs are welcome to make Player-of-the-Week nominations. Nominations are due every Monday by 1 p.m. Pacific time.