Adora Anae honored after Utah's weekend sweep in Washington
Adora Anae had a total of 45 kills in Utah wins over Washington and Washington State last weekend.
There are weekends, and then there are weekends. Just ask Utah volleyball and its star, Adora Anae, the espnW national player of the week.
The Utes (14-3, 5-1 Pac-12) won a pair of road matches against Washington and Washington State, elevating them to second alongside USC in the Pac-12 behind Stanford. It was the first win for Utah in Seattle in the eight matches the teams have played there.
Utah is ranked No. 13 in this week's AVCA poll. Washington dropped from No. 9 to 14.
Anae followed up a 25-kill night at Washington with 20 more versus Washington State, setting the program's all-time record for kills. Anae passed Utah's first All-American, Kim Turner (2000-03), who previously held the record with 1,620 kills. Anae has 1,635 for her career. Her teammates counted down on the sidelines -- Anae was six kills shy of the record coming into Sunday's match against Washington State.
"The other team was so confused and so was the crowd when everybody was cheering so much extra after that one point," she said. "We all had smiles. It was just awesome."
This week's Pac-12 offensive player of the week had double-doubles in both games, adding 11 digs against the Huskies and 16 versus the Cougars.
The native Hawaiian, whose Twitter handle is @anaealator, comes from a family of elite athletes. Her mother, Beth, played volleyball at Utah, and her father, Brad, played defensive end for BYU, signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1982. Her older sister, Pati, played volleyball for Portland State; younger sister Bradina throws discus and shot at BYU. Brother Bradlee starts at defensive end for Utah football.
Adora shared a few more thoughts on:
Utah upsetting Washington: "It was packed, and it was loud. We had to keep composed and keep within our team."
On her kills record: "I was reminded of the number by my teammates. They were counting down. It's so surreal to beat it. It was a sweet victory on top of beating Washington and Washington State."
Leaving her native Hawaii for Utah: "I have a lot family here, and they had the No. 1 nursing program when I was being recruited so I really bought into that."
Her first name: "My dad's mom's sister was Inez Adora. They were going to name me Inez first, but Adora was more appealing to my mom."
Off the court: "I love the outdoors. I go on a lot of hikes. I appreciate nature and what's around me."
Her goofy personality outside of volleyball: "I can do the 'It' laugh really well. That's been the current mood on this trip."
Her future: "I'm planning to get my master's and work toward hospital administration. I also want to play overseas."