The Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) is pleased to announce that Wichita State junior Ashley Andrade has been selected as the CVU.com National Player of the Week for Nov. 26 through Dec 2 — the NCAA Tournament opening weekend.
A 6-2 middle blocker from Glendale, Ariz., Andrade was instrumental in Wichita State battling to a pair of NCAA tournament victories and advancing to its first-ever Sweet Sixteen.
First there was the comeback versus Arkansas. Down 2-0, WSU rallied back to win set three before finding itself down 24-23 in the fourth. But, Andrade came through with a kill and then a block on set point to force a fifth set. Andrade finished the match with a school NCAA tournament record and career-high 23 kills, the most by a WSU middle since 2003. She committed only one error, hitting .564 while adding five blocks, three digs and a pair of aces.
Then there was the upset of No. 11 seed Kansas. Falling again in the first set, the Shockers rallied behind Andrade to win the next three. The junior added 18 more kills on .438 hitting and set another school tournament record with a career-high nine block assists.
For the weekend, Andrade averaged 4.56 kills and 1.56 blocks per set while hitting .507. She also added six digs and four aces. The middle is the third Shocker to earn the CVU.com weekly honor. The last was Emily Adney in 2011.
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.
Editor's Note: This is the fifteenth 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.