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Baum Named AVCA National Player of the Week
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 17, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kristina Baum, a 6-2 junior opposite hitter for eighth-ranked Arizona (14-2, 6-1 Pac-10), has been chosen as the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Week after leading the Wildcats to victories over then-third-ranked Stanford and then-13th-ranked California.

Baum hit .383 for the week with averages of 4.12 points, 3.50 kills, 2.62 digs and 0.62 blocks per game. She provided career-highs of 17 kills and 13 digs in a five-game upset win over Stanford, in addition to three blocks and a .382 attack percentage. Baum charted a .385 hitting percentage in a sweep of California with 11 kills, eight digs and two blocks.

Baum averages 3.03 points, 2.48 kills, 0.67 blocks and 1.88 digs per game this season while hitting .341. She is the third Wildcat to earn the national honor, and the first since Jennifer Abernathy was selected on Nov. 3, 2002.