By Cindy Luis
To those who said earlier .... guess someone forgot to nominate a UH player again .... before the award was even announced ... Hartong was nominated.
Natalie Allen (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS), who helped Cal State Northridge to its first 6-0 start since 1997, captured Big West Women's Volleyball Player of the Week honors as she was named the Most Valuable Player of the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.
The Matadors went 3-0 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament with two five-set wins over Idaho and San Diego State, and a four-set triumph against host Northern Arizona, which suffered its first loss of the season.
Allen played a large role as she posted double-doubles in all three wins. She compiled 23 kills and 18 digs against Idaho while hitting .370 (23-6-46). The junior also had six blocks.
In the Matadors' second consecutive five-set win, Allen notched 13 kills and 17 digs to go along with three blocks against the Aztecs. In the tournament championship match, the outside hitter hit .375 with 15 kills, 12 digs and four blocks as CSUN overcame a first set deficit to upend the Lumberjacks.
Allen, who earned MVP honors for the second time in as many tournaments, has reeled off five consecutive double-doubles.
For the week, she averaged 3.64 kills, 3.36 digs and 0.93 blocks while swinging at a .342 (51-13-111) clip.
Others nominated: Megan McConnell (Cal Poly); Alyse Hensley (Cal State Fullerton); Devon Damelio (UC Davis); Aly Squires (UC Irvine); Leah Sully (UC Santa Barbara); Emily Hartong (Hawaii)