Matt Gade, Deseret News
BYU's Taylor Sander (15) celebrates the team's four set win over the Stanford Cardinals Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Smith Fieldhouse South Field in Provo.

After earning conference player of the week honors, BYU senior outside hitter Taylor Sander was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I-II Player of the Week for helping the No. 2 Cougars clinch the top seed of the league tournament.

The award is Sander’s third national player of the week honor of his career and the 24th for BYU (18-4, 18-2 MPSF).

Sander contributed 50 kills in the Cougars back-to-back top-10 victories, averaging 5.56 per set and hitting .500 on the weekend. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native had a season-high 27 kills and a career-high eight block assists in BYU’s nailbiter against No. 5 UC Santa Barbara. He turned around and threw down 23 kills on a .526 hit clip against No. 9 UCLA the next night.

With the win against UCLA, the 2014 BYU squad clinched the No. 1 seed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament the earliest in league history.

The Cougars are on the road for their last four regular-season matches, starting with two against No. 10 Hawai’i on Friday and Saturday.

Rachel Hawks is the men's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.