Stanford middle blocker Merete Lutz and opposite Hayley Hodson have been selected the Pac-12 Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
The pair helped lead Stanford to wins over then-No. 4 Washington and Washington State at home last week. Lutz averaged 1.38 blocks and 3.69 points per set while hitting .347 for the two matches. Hodson led the Cardinal with 3.75 kills and 4.38 points per set.
Lutz led the Cardinal with seven blocks, including two solo, against the Huskies while also registering 13 kills. Against the Cougars, the Houston, Texas native tallied 10 kills and four blocks while hitting .421.
It is the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for Lutz, and her third conference honor as she was twice named the Freshman of the Week last season. Stanford now has 95 total player of the week honors.
Hodson paced the Cardinal offense in the win over the Huskies, pouring in a career-best 25 kills to go with 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. She also tied her career high with three aces versus Washington. She followed up with five kills, nine digs and two blocks against the Cougars.
It marks the fourth weekly honor for Hodson and the 13th freshman of the week accolade for the Cardinal all-time, which is the most in the conference.
Nationally No. 7 Stanford wraps up its four-match homestand this week against No. 14 Arizona State on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 19 Arizona on Friday at 8 p.m. Both matches will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.