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Cook wins Pac-12 weekly defensive honors

 

Stanford junior setter Karissa Cook was named Pac-12 women's volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the third-ranked Cardinal to a pair of victories in the Stanford Invitational over the weekend.

Cook helped Stanford (4-0) beat Notre Dame on Friday and No. 18 Duke on Saturday. She averaged 5.00 digs per set, 0.88 blocks and 12.25 assists in the two games.

Cook tied a career high with 20 digs and set a new career best with five blocks against the Irish. She also controlled the offense with 47 assists and put down three kills of her own.

She followed that effort with another career outing, recording a career-high 51 assists and matching her career-high with 20 digs in the victory over the Blue Devils.

Cook earned her first career weekly honor. It was Stanford's 75th honor all-time.

Stanford (4-0) hosts the prestigious Nike Big Four Classic Friday and Saturday, with four-time defending national champion Penn State, Florida and Texas visiting Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal faces Penn State at 5 p.m. Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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