Paola Ampudia (Missouri) has been tabbed the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for matches of Nov. 1-7, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced. The Cali, Colombia-native becomes the first Big 12 player to receive the honor in 2010, while she is the fourth honoree from Missouri overall. The last time a Tiger earned the honor was in 2006 (Jessica Vander Kooi, Sept. 25).
Ampudia, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, averaged 5.69 points and 5.38 kills in both of the Tigers' road victories last week, including a 3-1 upset of No. 12 Iowa State in Ames. Defensively, she contributed 3.12 digs per set. At Colorado, the senior recorded 21 kills and 14 digs on .278 hitting with a solo block in the four-set win. Ampudia followed that performance with a 22-kill, 11-dig outing in MU's first win over a ranked team in 2010. It also marked the Tigers' first victory over an AVCA top 15 squad since Sept. 23, 2006 (No. 5 Texas). Missouri also registered its last road triumph over a rated opponent that same season (Sept. 2, 2006). Ampudia committed just one reception in 32 attempts on the week. She compiled consecutive 20-plus kill efforts for the first time this season.
Iowa State's Victoria Henson was the last student-athlete from the Big 12 to win this accolade on Nov. 16, 2009, during her junior campaign.