Stanford's Fitzmorris nabs pair of conference volleyball honors


Stanford middle blocker Audriana Fitzmorris was named Pac-12 Defensive Player and Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

She averaged 2.11 blocks, 3.33 points and 2.11 kills per set in her collegiate debuts against San Diego and then-No. 3 Minnesota last week.

In the season opener, Fitzmorris led all players with 11 blocks against the Toreros, helping the Cardinal to 20 team blocks. Versus the third-ranked Golden Gophers, she tied for the team-high in blocks (8) and kills (13), hitting .357.

“I call it the 'Great of Wall of Stanford,' at practice” Stanford' fifth-year senior Inky Ajanaku said of Fitzmorris (and Kathryn Plummer) because trying to get past them when they're on the other side of the net ... they're ginormous. They read really well and Fitz is always trying to learn new things. She's really focused on the game and comes with a lot of maturity.”

Fitzmorris gives Stanford 97 total player of the week honors. It also marks the 16th freshman of the week accolade for the Cardinal, which is the most all-time in the conference.

The Cardinal, which moved up to No. 9 in the AVCA top 25 this week, travels to Boulder, Colo. to face No. 17 Illinois on Saturday and No. 13 Penn State on Sunday.

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