Nina Puikkonen, Brigham Young University

9/11/2000

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Sept. 11, 2000

Nina Puikkonen, Brigham Young University
Jr., MB, 6-3 (Murray, Utah - Murray High School)

Nina Puikkonen, a 6-3 junior middle blocker from Murray, Utah, helped lead then-No. 17 Brigham Young to a 5-0 record with three wins over top 20 teams, resulting in her being named the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I National Player of the Week winner. Puikkonen, the BYU Mizuno Classic Most Valuable Player, attacked at a .400 hitting percentage for the week with wins over then-No. 1 Stanford, then-No. 2 Long Beach State, then-No. 20 Kansas State, Oral Roberts and Fairfield. She tied career highs for kills (25) and digs (12) and set a new high for aces (4) versus Long Beach State. Puikkonen, who was one dig away from a triple double against Stanford, averaged 4.63 kills, 2.32 digs, 2.16 blocks and 0.42 aces during the week, while posting a .400 attack percentage on 160 attempts.

 

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