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Arizona volleyball’s Puk Stubbe wins Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for second time

Photo by Isaiah Willhoite / Arizona Athletics

Puk Stubbe landed at Arizona by a bit of luck after deciding she would leave her beach volleyball background with the Dutch national team and head to the U.S. to play NCAA indoor volleyball. She has made her impact all season, especially during Pac-12 competition. Her latest two outings gave Arizona its biggest RPI win of the season against Stanford. It also gave her the second Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor of the season.

Stubbe was instrumental in Arizona’s straight-set victories over then-No. 15 Stanford and California this past weekend. She averaged 4.83 kills per set on .344 hitting in the two matches. Against Cal, she had a career-high 17 kills and hit .517. In Sunday’s match against the Golden Bears, she had her third career double-double with 10 digs to go with her kills.

When she first arrived just weeks before the season, head coach Dave Rubio said that she would need to settle into the routine of being a student again. The 21-year-old had been out of school for two years already. Once she did, she became a force for the Wildcats just as her coach predicted.

Since Pac-12 play started, Stubbe is averaging 3.18 k/s, trailing only Sofia Maldonado Diaz for the team lead. She’s doing it while hitting .299, which leads Arizona’s pin hitters and is fourth among the Wildcats who play regularly. She averages 1.78 digs per set over the season, good for fourth on the team. In Pac-12 play, she has upped that to 2.15 and moved into third for Arizona.

Arizona is still trying to improve its standing in order to get into the NCAA Tournament. Stubbe will be crucial in that pursuit.