Arizona opposite hitter Puk Stubbe isn’t your average freshman. She has years of experience playing for the Dutch national beach volleyball program. That experience has made her an instant starter for Arizona volleyball, leading to the Pac-12 naming her Freshman of the Week for week four.
“I don’t really consider Puk a freshman,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “I mean, she’s 21 years old. She’s played more volleyball than just about anybody on the team.”
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Offensive: Pia Timmer
Defensive: Abby Hansen
Freshman: Puk Stubbe
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Stubbe averaged 2.89 kills per set while hitting .396 over three matches last week. She hit at least .333 in each match. She had a career-high .450 hitting percentage in the match against UC Riverside on Friday morning.
She has played in all 42 sets for Arizona this season, starting in all 11 matches. She is third on the team with 2.07 k/s so far this year. She is fifth on the team with 16 total blocks.
Stubbe has also worked on getting acclimated to attending school again after graduating from high school in 2019. Her decision to try her hand at NCAA volleyball came late in the spring, leading her to arrive in Tucson just weeks before the season.
This is the first weekly award for Stubbe in her career and the first for Arizona volleyball this season. Last season, sophomore outside hitter Sofia Maldonado Diaz was Freshman of the Year.