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Baylor Volleyball’s Staiger Collects Big 12 Offensive POTW Award

Baylor redshirt junior Katie Staiger was named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.

The outside hitter from Plano, Texas, earned her third offensive POTW award from the conference this year, matching Anna Breyfogle (3, 2007) for the BU record for single-season weekly honors.

Staiger used the lone match on the week for BU to put on a show for a national television audience, launching 23 kills in a 3-0 sweep over TCU. The win for the Bears was the team’s third top-20 RPI win in the previous four weeks.

Staiger matched her previous kill mark of 23, dropped in a 3-0 sweep of No. 23 Kansas State, becoming the first BU player since Elisha Polk in 1999 to hit 23 or more kills in a three-set match twice in the same season.

Her trio of selections in 2016 ties for the fourth-most in Big 12 history by one player in a single season, becoming the 10th player to claim three or more offensive POTW honors in the same season.

The Baylor squad picked up its fifth weekly honor of the season, including four from the Big 12, with Staiger earning three conference and one national offensive POTW awards. Additionally, Jana Brusek earned Big 12 Defensive POTW on Sep. 26.

The five total weekly honors and four conference awards both set BU program records, surpassing the previous record of four total (2009) and three conference honors (1999, 2007, 2009).

For Staiger, it is the third conference offensive award of her collegiate career and her fifth weekly award overall, after earning Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 29, 2014 and AVCA National Player of the Week earlier this season.

Staiger is joined in the weekly honors by Payton Caffrey of West Virginia (Rookie) and Marion Hazelwood of Oklahoma (Defense).

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