Robby Stowell picked up his first Player of the Week honor for his role in the Cougars two wins at USC last week. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- True Freshman Robby Stowell was named the Molten MPSF Player of the Week joining Yosleyder Cala in leading BYU to a sweep of the nation's weekly awards.
Stowell from San Juan Capistrano, Calif., played a major role in the Cougars' two wins at USC. Friday, he posted 18 kills at .400 with seven digs and five blocks. Saturday, he attacked with a career-high .727 clip (17-1-22) while adding five more blocks. Stowell totaled 35 kills in seven games and hit .538.
Stowell joins Cala, who was recognized as the AVCA National Player of the Week, to sweep the weekly awards. The Cougars are the first team to have two separate players when the two awards this season.
"Having two players win awards this week is indicative of our team philosophy," co-head coach Shawn Patchell said. "We rely on our seven starters, which includes our libero, to make plays."
Stowell and Cala join Russell Holmes as the three players who have won weekly awards this season. Holmes was honored after his performance at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational.
"Sometimes we get overlooked for these awards because we try to spread th ball around," Patchell said. "Cala and Robby are deserving of these accolades. Cala has had a dominating few weeks. It's awesome to see Robby win as a true freshman. He is an exceptional athlete."