AZUSA, Calif.-- After helping the Cougar women’s volleyball team to a 2-0 week, and its first sweep of Fresno Pacific since 1991, sophomore outside hitter Mattie Shelford was named the Pacific West Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Shelford finished with 24 kills, tallying 12 in each of the Cougars’ wins over San Diego Christian and No. 12 Fresno Pacific.
“It’s a great honor. The past two weeks she’s been asking to improve, and I told her to focus in on her attacking, and focus on her strength of power and athleticism. She’s done a great job of being effective,” said head coach Chris Keife. “Any award, especially for volleyball, is a team award. I attribute it to our team’s performance. But she’s definitely deserving of the award individually.”
The sophomore from Snohomish, Wash. had 12 kills on 19 chances in Azusa Pacific’s first home sweep over the Sunbirds since 1983, which was also just the second win in the series over the past 45 meetings. Shelford finished the week with a .568 attack percentage, and over the past five matches has averaged over 10 kills while the Cougars have posted a 4-1 record in that span.
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