WACO, TEXAS - Baylor redshirt junior Katie Staiger was named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week and junior Jana Brusek was named Big 12 Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.
The award for Staiger, a Plano, Texas, native, marked her fifth of the season, extending her Baylor program record for season conference awards and breaking the record for most in a career.
The redshirt junior outside hitter becomes just the fourth player in conference history to win five or more weekly awards in the same season, the first since 2013.
Staiger also joins the ranks of just six other players in Big 12 history to earn five or more OPOTW awards in a career.
For Brusek, the Chicago-born libero earned her second DPOTW award, marking the first time since 2007 that a BU player has earned the top conference defensive weekly honor multiple times in a season (Anna Breyfogle, 2007, 3).
With just one match on the week for the Bears, the duo made it count in a four-set win at Texas Tech, improving the team’s record to 19-7 and 7-3. BU is off to the program’s best-ever start to conference play, besting the 2009 squad’s 6-4 mark through 10 Big 12 matches.
Staiger’s 31 kills against the Red Raiders set a new career- and season-high, posting the highest kill count among Big 12 players this year, four shy of the Big 12 single-match record for a four-set match (2009, 1999).
Staiger added her name to another spot in the record books, becoming just the 14th player in BU history to hit 30 or more kills in a match, the first since 2002. Staiger also claimed the No. 8 spot on Baylor’s career kills list.
For Brusek, 32 digs in the four-setter was good for tops in the Big 12 in digs/set (8.00), setting a new Baylor record for the most digs in a four-set match. Additionally, the libero helped the Baylor back row to a shutout of TTU in service aces, a first for the team in 2016
Staiger and Brusek teamed up to sweep the OPOTW and DPOTW awards earlier this season, a program first, repeating the feat this week.
The Baylor squad improved its program-record eighth weekly honor of the season, including seven from the Big 12, with Staiger earning five conference and one national offensive POTW awards. Additionally, Brusek has earned two Big 12 Defensive POTWs.
For Staiger, it is the fifth conference offensive award of her collegiate career and her sixth Big 12 weekly award overall, after earning Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 29, 2014.
Her six career weekly awards passes Anna Breyfogle (2007 , 2008 , 2009 ) for the Baylor record for career honors from the conference.
Brusek earned her third conference defensive award in her BU career, her fourth Big 12 weekly honor overall, doubling up for both defensive and rookie awards her freshman year (Nov. 3, 2014).
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 9, facing the Texas Longhorns at 7 p.m. in Austin.