Fernando Pessoa earned his first national player of the week honor after recording his first double-double, 18 kills and 10 digs. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Senior Fernando Pessoa, a 6-4 outside hitter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, captured Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for the first time in his career after leading the Cougars over CS Northridge on Friday and recording his career-best 18 kills in Saturday's match.
Since switching positions from libero to outside hitter, Pessoa helped BYU to a 1-1 record in two matches versus No. 5 Cal State Northridge. He recorded 11 kills, eight digs, four block assists and three assists in a Friday night sweep of the Matadors. Pessoa's 18 kills and 10 digs in Saturday's five-game loss set a career-high and marked his first double-double in kills and digs.
He finished Saturday's match hitting .500 with four errors on 28 swings. Last week Pessoa averaged 3.63 kills, 2.25 digs and hit .429 after two matches.
BYU student-athletes have now been named first national POW for two straight seasons. Senior Jonathan Alleman was the first Sports Imports/AVCA Men's National POW award for the 2003 season (Jan. 20, 2003).
Alleman also won the last men's POW award for the 2003 season (April 28, 2003). BYU student-athletes have won back-to-back national POW awards (last 2003, first 2004).