Sept. 12, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams has been named the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week, the first of the 2011-12 school year, after leading the Cardinal to the Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic title last weekend. She averaged 5.00 kills, 2.89 digs and 5.39 points per set in wins over then-No. 2 Penn State and No. 7 Florida.
A native of Los Gatos, Calif., Williams led the Cardinal against the Nittany Lions with her second career double-double with 22 kills and 12 digs on a .302 attack percentage. In a five-set thriller against the Gators, she led the team with 23 kills and 14 digs for another double-double, and also collected a career-high four blocks. Williams was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, her second-consecutive week earning that honor.
This marks the first Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor for the sophomore. She was also selected as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.
Up next, No. 2 Stanford opens Pac-12 Conference play at No. 1 California. The Cardinal and Golden Bears will square off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif.