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CVU.com National Player of the Week (Sep. 6): Rachel Vukson


The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that UCF senior Rachel Vukson has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Aug. 29 through Sept. 4.

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A 6-1 setter from Oakville, Ontario, Vukson led the Knights to a trio of sweeps to claim the title at the FGCU Homewood Suites Invitational.

In their marquee match-up, the Knights rolled through perennial national power USC for a 3-0 victory, with Vukson tallying a double-double with 42 assists and 10 digs, adding four blocks as UCF hit .351 for the match.

The next two contests had a similar outcome as the Knights earned sweeps over both Furman and FGCU. In the sweep of the host Eagles, Vukson tossed out 45 assists as she set UCF to a .424 team hitting percentage.

For the tournament, the senior averaged 13.78 assists per set to go with 2.22 digs per set and six total blocks. The Knights hit .344 on the weekend.

Vukson is the first Knight to be selected for the CVU.com weekly honor.

In addition to the Player of the Week, CVU.com will be announcing selections for the Top Performers from the past week. These selections will include the Player of the Week and up to 10 others. Choices will consist of players who were finalists for the weekly honor and others who had exceptional individual matches. The additional selections will be based on nominations and CVU.com staff criteria.

Top Performers

  • Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Junior, Outside hitter, 5-11
  • Michelle Bartsch, Illinois, Senior, Outside hitter, 6-3
  • Catalina Charry, Hofstra, Junior, Setter, 5-9
  • Karissa Cook, Stanford, Junior, Setter, 5-11
  • Tiffany Fisher, Purdue, Senior, Middle blocker, 6-2
  • Jessica Granquist, Minnesota, Senior, Libero, 5-8
  • Lauren Hutchinson, Samford, Junior, Middle blocker, 6-1
  • Sarah Joeckel, TCU, Junior, Libero ,5-9
  • Jenilee Rathje, Michigan State, Senior, Outside hitter, 5-11
  • Samantha Thrower, Indiana, Junior, Middle blocker, 6-2
  • Rachel Vukson, UCF, Senior, Setter, 6-1

Editor's Note: This is the second 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.

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