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Stanford's Hodson is Pac-12 Freshman of the Week again

 

Stanford opposite Hayley Hodson has been tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Hodson helped lead the Cardinal to a sweep over Oregon State and a four-set win against No. 25 Oregon at home last week. The rookie hit a blistering .643 in the two matches, totaling 38 kills on 56 attempts with just two errors. She also racked up 3.14 digs per set and 0.86 blocks per set in the two matches.

Against the Beavers, Hodson hit a career high .652 (16-1-23) and secured a career-best 15 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. The Newport Beach native followed up with a career-high 22 kills, hitting .636, seven digs and a career-best six blocks against the 25th-ranked Ducks.

On the season, Hodson leads the Cardinal with 3.71 kills, 0.29 aces and 4.38 points per set while also recording 2.46 digs per set.

It marks the third weekly honor for Hodson and the 12th freshman of the week accolade for the Cardinal all-time, which ties USC for the most since the award's inception in 2011.

Stanford hits the road this week to take on Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday. Both matches will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Also honored by the Pac-12 was Washington senior middle blocker Melanie Wade from Palo Alto High. Wade was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Wade piled up the blocks last weekend for the Huskies (15-1, 5-1 Pac-12), ranked No. 4 in the nation this week. In a 3-1 victory against then-No. 14 Arizona, Wade had six total blocks, added three digs and recorded five kills as well. Against then-No. 5 Arizona State, Wade posted a career-high 10 total blocks in the 3-0 win for Washington. She complimented her defensive performance with eight kills on a .438 hitting percentage.

Wade averages 1.64 blocks per set on the year, which is the second-best mark in the conference and No. 4 in the country. She also earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 21 of this season. It is the third weekly honor of Wade's career and the 54th all-time for the Huskies, who are in second place in the Pac-12 (one match behind USC) heading into weekend home matches against the Oregon schools.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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