Volleyball's Anders Named West Coast Conference Player of the Week

Volleyball's Anders Named West Coast Conference Player of the Week

Highlights from Santa Clara's Victory Over No. 16 BYU

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Junior middle blocker Megan Anders hit for a .500 clip with 39 kills, averaging 4.88 kpg and 0.50 bpg, leading the Santa Clara Broncos to a 2-0 record this past week and for her efforts, she was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week. With the victories, the Broncos improve to 16-7 overall and 5-3 in WCC play.

Anders collected a career-best 25 kills in Santa Clara's 3-2 win over No. 16 BYU on Oct. 20, hitting .432 on 44 attempts with one block assist. In the 3-0 non-conference win vs. Sacramento State on Oct. 16, which entered the match as the No. 3 blocking team in the country, Anders registered an impressive .636 hitting percentage, collecting 14 kills and zero errors with four block assists.

"Megan has been playing at a high level all season and it's fantastic for the conference to recognize her efforts this past week," said Bronco head coach Jon Wallace.  "The win over BYU on Saturday was a total team effort.  Megan would be the first to say that good passing and strong sets allowed her to have a big night in our victory."

"I agree with Jon on the passing and setting - it was huge on Saturday.  I can't say enough about that, especially with Alyssa always being able to find me.  The quick pins on our offensive sets help a lot and I credit the coaches for setting those," said Anders.  "I don't keep track of percentages in my head during the match.  If it's going well and I am feeling confident, I can for a little more.  The win over BYU gave us the confidence we need right now that we can compete against a top 20 team.  We are going to face a top 20, top 32 team in the post-season and this helps give us confidence that we can compete with them."

The 6-5 Anders is hitting a team-leading .395 this year, including a .431 hitting percentage in WCC play with 3.22 kills per game.

"Her ability is one thing, but her drive and desire this year have been that of a champion," added Wallace.  "It's great for her to be recognized this week for her work all season."

Also nominated: Jennifer Hamson, BYU; Jordan Gasser, GON; Litara Keil, LMU; Jazmine Orozco, PEP; Gabby Jolly, SMC; Chloe Ferrari, USD 



Aug. 27: Jennifer Hamson, BYU
Sep. 3: Jocelyn Levig, USF
Sep. 10: Jennifer Hamson, BYU
Sep. 17: Jazmine Orozco, PEP
Sep. 24: Katie Hoekman, USD
Oct. 1: Jordan Shaw, SMC
Oct. 8: Rachel Alvey, USD
Oct. 15: Sandra Lozic, USD
Oct. 22: Megan Anders, SCU