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Preach and Tuioti-Mariner earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors


November 14, 2011

Stephanie Preach and Nora Tuioti-Mariner were named the Pac-12 Volleyball Defensive and Freshman of the Week, respectively, as announced by league officials on Monday afternoon.

"This is a nice recognition for the role Nora and Stephanie played in our performance last weekend," said head coach Jason Watson. "Nora is beginning to become comfortable in her role on the outside, while Stephanie continues to develop into one of the better libero's within the conference."

Stephanie Preach had 64 digs over the weekend as the Sun Devils hosted Colorado and Utah at Wells Fargo Arena. The sophomore libero averaged 7.11 digs through two matches, 38 coming against the five-set victory versus the Utes. Preach currently leads the conference with 5.21 digs per set and is the first weekly award recipient for ASU since Juliana Escobar was named so on Sept. 30, 2002.

Freshman Nora Tuioti-Mariner posted a pair of double-doubles in the matchup with the Buffaloes and Utes - tallying a weekend-high 19 kills against Utah while opening the weekend with 17 kills against Colorado. She averaged 4.00 kills and 2.78 digs per set over the weekend to extend her double-double list to seven matches this season.

Preach marks the 15th all-time selection for Arizona State and Tuioti-Mariner is the first ever Sun Devil awarded Freshman of the Week.