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Wisconsin volleyball: Sarah Franklin earns national player of the week honors

The 6-foot-4 outside hitter was named AVCA’s National Player of the Week after two strong matches.

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Sarah Franklin, who had 30 kills in the last two matches including 16 to help beat No. 1 Nebraska, earned National Player of the Week honors.
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Outside hitter Sarah Franklin has earned yet more accolades during her outstanding season.

Franklin was not only named Big Ten Player of the Week — the third time this season she’s earned that honor — but earned national plaudits, earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Divisional Player of the Week.

Franklin is the eighth ever Wisconsin Badgers player to earn the national player of the week award — the last Badger to win was Dana Rettke back in Jan. 2021. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter had 30 kills in two matches to wrap up the season, including posting 16 kills and 10 digs in a crucial victory 3-0 against the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Throughout the season, Frank the Tank has tallied 413 kills over 99 sets played, averaging 4.17 kills per set while hitting for an average of .308. She also has 2.02 digs per set and .52 blocks per set on the defensive side.

Badgers have earned six player of the week plaudits from the Big Ten this season. Franklin had three weekly honors, while sophomore middle blocker Carter Booth and junior middle blocker CC Crawford earned Defensive Player of the Week honors twice and one time, respectively.

The Badgers, who earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, will host the Jackson State Tigers in the first round of the tournament Thursday at the Field House at 7:30 p.m. That match will stream on ESPN+. If UW wins, they’ll host the winner between Northern Iowa and Miami on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the NCAA Tournament.