Baylor Volleyball’s Staiger Earns Sixth Big 12 Offensive POTW

Posted at 2:13 PM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 15:13:56-05

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

The award for Staiger, a Plano, Texas, native, marked her sixth of the season, extending her Baylor program record for season conference awards and most in a career.

The outside hitter becomes just the second player in conference history to win six weekly awards in the same season, tying Destinee Hooker’s total (Texas, 2009).

Staiger is also just the fifth player in Big 12 history to earn six or more Offensive POTW awards in a career.

Staiger closed the regular season as strong as ever, notching 32 kills in five sets vs. Iowa State and 22 in five vs. No. 4 Kansas.

After previously notching 31 vs. Texas Tech, Staiger becomes just the third player in program history to notch 30+ kills multiple times, the only one to do so in the rally scoring era. She was also the only Big 12 hitter to exceed the 30-kill mark in a match this season.

The Baylor squad improved its program-record ninth weekly honor of the season, including eight from the Big 12, with Staiger earning six conference and one national offensive POTW awards. Additionally, Jana Brusek has earned two Big 12 Defensive POTWs.

For Staiger, it is the sixth conference offensive award of her collegiate career and her seventh Big 12 weekly award overall, after earning Big 12 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 29, 2014.

Her seven career weekly awards snapped Anna Breyfogle’s mark of five for the Baylor record for career honors from the conference.

The Bears earned the program’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2011, set to face San Diego in the Los Angeles regional, hosted by UCLA, with BU’s first match against SD on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT.