Havili named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
IRVING, Texas – Senior All-American setter Ainise Havili is the first Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week of the 2017 season, the league announced on Monday.
Havili, the two-time reigning Big 12 Setter of the Year, started the season with three-straight double-doubles to earn Wolfpack Invitational MVP honors. Havili led the eighth-ranked Jayhawks to the tournament title with a 3-0 record after averaging 12.31 assists per set and 4.15 digs per set.
The Fort Worth, Texas, native opened the season with 54 assists and 22 digs in a four-set victory at NC State on Friday. She followed-up with 43 assists and 18 digs with two blocks in a four-set win over Missouri State on Saturday morning. On Saturday night, Havili reached 60 assists for the second time in her career with 63 in a five-set win at NC State, while adding three kills, 14 digs and three blocks against the Wolfpack.
It is Havili’s third Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week nod and seventh overall Big 12 weekly honor. As a freshman in 2014, Havili brought home four Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards.
Kansas has won nine of its last 10 nonconference tournaments and 29 of its last 30 regular-season nonconference matches entering the second week of the regular season.
The Jayhawks continue nonconference play at the Wolverine Invitational hosted by Utah Valley this week, facing Utah Valley on Aug. 31, Long Beach State on Sept. 1 and Montana on Sept. 2. The event will be video streamed live on FloVolleyball.com.
Havili’s Career Big 12 Weekly Awards
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
• 9/21/15, 10/12/15, 8/28/2017
Big 12 Rookie of the Week
• 10/13/14, 10/20/14, 11/10/14, 12/1/14
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