USC’s Mia Tuaniga Named Pac-12 Volleyball Student of the Week

Women’s volleyball | November 22, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – USC Women’s Volleyball Freshman Mia Tuaniga (Long Beach, California./Mater Dei HS) was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Monday, November 2.

This is the first honor in Tuaniga’s career and the 20th time a Trojan has won the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award. Washington senior OH Samantha Drechsel was selected for Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and Stanford sophomore MB McKenna Vicini was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Tuaniga scored the Troy Girls for consecutive wins over Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (3-1) and helped USC get past the regular-season series (4-0) against the schools for the first time ever. Arizona since 2015. She has had 28 assists, four blocks, two digs, two aces, one take down the Wildcats and helped the Trojans get .366 in victory. She’s back and made 60 assists in four games against the Sun Devils. Tuaniga also got two more kills, two blocks, and three digs in the win over ASU.

This season, Tuaniga has appeared in 25 matches with 15 appearances for the Troy Women. She is 10th in the Pac-12 with 8.15 assists per set and is fourth on the team with 19 aces. She scored seven doubles and had a career-best 61 assists in a five-setter match at Oregon.

Since 2011, when the Pac-12 began honoring separate offensive and defensive players of the week and introduced freshman awards, Trojan has won 23 offensive awards, 11 defense awards, and more. Prime and now 20 freshman awards. Tuaniga is the first Trojan to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week title since Jr. Current OH. Kalen Owes won it on September 26, 2019.

Team Trojan (14-14, 9-9 Pac-12) hosts number 18 Stanford (16-10, 11-7) and number 13 UCLA (April 22, 15-3) to wrap up regular season schedule . USC will host Cardinal on Wednesday (November 24) at 4 p.m. PT and will be shown live on the Pac-12 Insider platform. The Trojan then hosts crosstown rival UCLA on Friday (November 26) at 7 p.m. for a match that will be shown on Pac-12 Networks.

For more information on the USC women’s volleyball team as well as the full schedule and results, please visit USCTrojans.com/WVB. Troy fans can follow @USCWomensVolley on Twitter and Instagram.

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