Pessoa Earns AVCA National Player of the Week

Senior Fernando Pessoa earned his second national honor for AVCA Player of the Week. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU senior Fernando Pessoa averaged 6.00 kills, 2.33 digs and 0.50 blocks per game last week to earn the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Men's National Player of the Week. He hit .681 (36-4-47) for week, averaging 6.42 points per game in the two sweeps of 11-th ranked Stanford.

He was previously named National Player of Week for Jan. 20, 2004 and MPSF Player of the Week (Jan. 2-6) for two 20-kills matches against Long Beach State.

Pessoa, a 6-4 outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, started last weekend hitting a career-best .700 with 16 kills on 20 attempts in Friday's match. His performance helped the Cougars (9-3, 7-1 MPSF) extend their winning streak to eight matches, as the team has won 12 straight games. He added seven digs, three blocks, two assists and one ace for the night.

Pessoa pounded 20 kills in the second match versus Stanford, marking the third time this season he has met or surpassed that milestone. He has also registered double-figure kills in nine of the Cougars' 12 matches.