The American Volleyball Coaches Association named Michigan volleyball senior Juliana Paz the National Offensive Player of the Week yesterday. Paz became the first player in program history to earn the accolade.

The Porte Alegre, Brazil native tallied a career-high 23 kills in the 12th-ranked Wolverines’ five-set victory over Minnesota on Friday, and had a dominant .450 offensive percentage in the match.

Paz recorded 19 kills in Michigan’s win over visiting Michigan State last Wednesday, and currently sits in fifth place in the Big Ten with 3.75 kills per game.

In just two years in Ann Arbor, the highly touted junior-college transfer has cemented herself as one of the most feared outside hitters in the conference. She is also often the focus of opposing teams’ blocks.

The Wolverines will need Paz to continue to lead their offensive attack if they want to advance deep in next month’s NCAA Tournament.

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