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
2012 WEST COAST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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