USC women’s volleyball outside hitter Elise Ruddins was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week of Sept. 9-15. Ruddins was also selected to the USD Tournament all-tournament team this weekend.
Ruddins was instrumental in leading the Women of Troy to two victories against UC Santa Barbara and Eastern Washington in the USD Tournament. USC defeated UC Santa Barbara in four sets. Ruddins posted 24 kills and hit .419, averaging six kills per set and had nine in the first set alone. The Women of Troy swept Eastern Washington in three sets. Ruddins posted 14 kills and hit .333 against the Eagles.
Elise Ruddins is the second USC freshman to claim Pac-12 honors this season. During the first week of play, fellow freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu took home the title. In 2012, outside hitter Samantha Bricio was selected for the honor five times.
The Women of Troy (8-1) open their home schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in a matchup against UC Irvine (7-3) at Galen Center.