This Week in WAC Volleyball - Oct. 11
Idaho sophomore outside hitter Allison Walker has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 2-9. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and second of her career for Walker.
The Othello, Wash., native averaged 6.67 kills, 4.83 digs and 6.92 points per set and extended her streak of double-doubles to six as the Vandals swept Eastern Washington and Utah State last week. She opened the week with a season-high 24 kills and matched her career high with 16 digs. It was her third match of the season with 20-plus kills. Walker followed it up with another double-double against defending WAC Tournament champion Utah State, finishing with 16 kills and 12 digs. She has had a double-double in every match since finishing with 19 kills and seven digs against UC Irvine on Sept. 17.
Other nominees included: Fresno State’s Korrin Wild averaged 3.50 kills and 2.30 digs per set as the Bulldogs went 1-1 on the week ... Kanani Danielson of Hawai‘i averaged 3.00 kills and 4.67 digs per set as the Rainbow Wahine swept San Jose State ... Louisiana Tech’s Marcella Braz averaged 3.56 kills on .276 hitting to go with 1.56 digs ... Erin Garvey of Nevada averaged 3.00 kills and 1.17 digs on the week ... New Mexico State’s Meredith Hays averaged 5.10 kills, 2.00 digs and 0.40 service aces as the Aggies went 3-0 on the week.
HAWAI‘I, NM STATE FACE OFF IN BATTLE OF WAC UNBEATENS ON ESPNU WEDNESDAY
No. 8 Hawai‘i plays at New Mexico State at 8 p.m. MT this Wednesday, Oct. 12, on ESPNU in a battle of the only two remaining unbeaten teams in WAC play. The Rainbow Wahine are 15-1 on the year with their only loss coming at the hands of then-No. 12 UCLA. Hawai‘i has won 46 consecutive WAC regular-season matches, dating back to Oct. 12, 2008, when it fell at home to New Mexico State.
The Aggies are riding a six-match winning streak and are 4-0 in October, including sweeps of Fresno State, Nevada and defending WAC Tournament champion Utah State, the last WAC team to beat the Rainbow Wahine. NM State freshman Meredith Hays leads the WAC and ranks 21st nationally with 4.34 kills per set.
JORDAN PICKS UP 300TH CAREER VICTORY
New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan earned his 300th career win on Oct. 6 when the Aggies defeated Nevada in straight sets. In his 14th season at the helm, Jordan is 301-132 (.695).
HAWAI‘I LEADS NATION IN ATTENDANCE
Hawai‘i leads the nation with an average of 6,625 fans per match, more than 1,700 ahead of the second-place team, Nebraska (4,878). All 14 of the Rainbow Wahine’s home matches rank in the top 25 most attended matches this season. Meanwhile, New Mexico State ranks 29th (1,357) and Fresno State ranks 41st (1,050).
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, Hawai‘i leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.315), assists (13.44), kills (14.72) and blocks (2.89). Utah State is tops in digs (16.53), while New Mexico State leads the league in opponent hitting percentage (.140) and Fresno State is tops in service aces (1.56).
Individually, New Mexico State’s Meredith Hays leads the WAC in kills (4.34) and points (4.82). Hawai‘i’s Emily Hartong and Brittany Hewitt are tops in hitting percentage (.398) and blocks (1.44), respectively. Idaho’s Jenny Feicht leads the WAC in assists (11.21), while Fresno State’s Korrin Wild is the leader in service aces (0.41). Meanwhile, Stephany Salas of Louisiana Tech is tops in digs (4.76).
In WAC matches, Hawai‘i leads the league in hitting percentage (.315), assists (13.00), kills (14.65) and blocks (2.91). Idaho is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.127) and digs (17.41), Fresno State leads the league in service aces (1.68).
Individually, Hays leads the WAC in kills (4.50) and points (5.06). Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz is tops in hitting percentage (.473), while Wild leads the league in service aces (0.63). Jennah DeVries of New Mexico State is the leader in assists (11.31), while Hawai‘i’s Kalei Adolpho is tops in blocks (1.45) and Idaho’s Cassie Hamilton is the leader in digs (5.29).
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
All-session tickets for the 2011 WAC Volleyball Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Nov. 21-23, are on sale. All tickets are general admission seating.
The 2011 tournament will consist of five matches in three sessions. Ticket prices are as follows: All-Session: $45
Single-Session Adult: $20
Single-Session Students/Youth: $10
All-session tickets are on sale through each WAC member institution’s ticket office and the Orleans Arena Box Office. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets from their member institutions to avoid service fees associated with ticket sales through the Orleans Arena site.
Single-session tickets will not be available for purchase until Nov. 21 and can only be purchased through the Orleans Arena. A single-session ticket allows access to one day’s worth of matches
To purchase tickets, go to wacsportsvolleyballtournament.com.
2011 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday, Nov. 21 (Quarterfinals)
No. 3 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed, 5 p.m.
No. 4 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (Semifinals)
Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed, 5 p.m.
Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 Seed, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 23 (Championship)
Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (8-9, 3-2 WAC)
Fresno State swept Louisiana Tech (25-16, 25-16, 25-13) last Thursday before falling to New Mexico State (25-15, 25-23, 25-19) on Saturday ... In the win over LA Tech, Barbara Alcantara posted her fifth double-double of the season with 39 assists and 11 digs ... As a team, the Bulldogs hit a season-high .374 vs. the Lady Techsters ... Against the Aggies, Korrin Wild tallied four service aces, nearly half of Fresno State’s nine total ... Wild leads the WAC in service aces (0.41) and ranks sixth in digs (3.44) ... Alcantara is eighth in assists (7.66) and service aces (0.28), while Cecilia Agraz is sixth in aces (0.31) ... Brianna Clarke is fifth in the WAC with a .332 hitting percentage ... As a team, Fresno State leads the WAC in service aces per set (1.56), and ranks fourth in assists (11.77), kills (12.38) and hitting percentage (.188) ... In WAC matches only, Fresno State leads the league in service aces (1.68), ranks third in hitting percentage (.228), and fourth in both blocks (1.82) and kills (12.47) ... In conference-only stats, Wild leads the WAC in service aces (0.63), is fourth in points (4.76) and sixth in kills (3.95) ... The Bulldogs play at Utah State on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday.
HAWAI‘I RAINBOW WAHINE (15-1, 5-0 WAC)
Hawai‘i swept San Jose State (25-21, 25-8, 25-19) last Saturday in its only match ... Jane Croson had a match-high 15 kills and Kanani Danielson added nine kills and 14 digs ... Hawai‘i leads the nation in hitting percentage (.315), ranks fourth in winning percentage (.938), fifth in kills (14.72), and 10th in both assists (13.44) and blocks (2.89) ... Mita Uiato ranks 24th nationally in assists (11.19), while Brittany Hewitt ranks 11th in blocks (1.44) and 21st in hitting percentage (.384) ... Emily Hartong ranks 14th in the nation in hitting percentage (.398), while Danielson is 39th in points (4.67) and 44th in kills (4.09) ... As a team, Hawai‘i leads the WAC in hitting percentage, assists, kills and blocks ... Hartong leads the WAC in hitting percentage, while Hewitt is second, Chanteal Satele is seventh (.324) and Danielson is 10th (.306) ... Danielson ranks second in the WAC in points and third in kills ... Hewitt leads the league in blocks, while Jane Croson is third in service aces (0.34) and sixth in kills (3.64) ... Hawai‘i leads the nation in attendance with 6,625 fans per match ... Hawai‘i plays at New Mexico State on Wednesday in a nationally-televised match on ESPNU, and at Louisiana Tech on Friday.
IDAHO VANDALS (9-9, 3-2 WAC)
Idaho swept Eastern Washington (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) last Wednesday and beat Utah State in three sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) last Friday ... Against EWU, Allison Walker had a season-high 24 kills and matched her career high with 16 digs ... Walker followed that with another double-double against Utah State, finishing with 16 kills and 12 digs ... The Vandals have won nine consecutive sets, sweeping LA Tech, Eastern Washington and Utah State. That streak is Idaho’s longest of the season, as is its current three-match win streak ... The Vandals went on a season-long 14-point rally, spanning two sets, against EWU. Idaho trailed 21-19 before getting the final six points of the set to win 25-21, and jumped ahead 8-0 in the next set before the Eagles got on the board ... The Vandals are 8-4 in three setters this year, 0-5 in four setters and 1-0 in five-set matches ... As a team, the Vandals rank 35th nationally in blocks (2.53) ... Alyssa Schultz ranks 14th in the nation in blocks (1.43), while Jenny Feicht is 22nd in assists (11.21), and Walker is 34th in kills (4.16) and 43rd in points (4.60) ... Idaho hosts Nevada on Thursday and Fresno State on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (9-12, 0-5 WAC)
Louisiana Tech swept Grambling (25-23, 25-18, 25-14) last Tuesday before falling at Fresno State (25-16, 25-16, 25-13) last Thursday and at Nevada (25-14, 25-19, 25-9) on Saturday ... Against Grambling State, Marcella Braz recorded a career-high .433 attack percentage and tied her career high with 13 kills ... As a team, the Lady Techsters posted a season-low 19 digs vs. the Wolf Pack ... As a team, LA Tech ranks second in the WAC in service aces (1.39), third in digs (15.17) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.183) ... Stephany Salas leads the WAC with 4.76 digs per set ... Clara Vido ranks seventh in the WAC in digs (3.18), eighth in kills (2.98) and 10th in points (3.30) ... Bianca Bin ranks seventh in the WAC with 8.07 assists per set, while Ana Rodrigues is ninth with 0.26 service aces per set ... In WAC play, Bin ranks eighth in the league in both service aces (0.33) and assists (7.20) ... Braz is eighth in the WAC in kills (3.42) and points (3.58) in WAC matches ... Vido is tied for fourth in the WAC with eight double-doubles on the season ... The Techsters host San Jose State on Thursday and No. 8 Hawai‘i on Friday.
NEVADA WOLF PACK (3-13, 1-4 WAC)
Nevada fell to New Mexico State (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) last Thursday before picking up its first WAC win and first three-set victory of the season over Louisiana Tech (25-14, 25-19, 25-9) on Saturday ... The win over the Techsters snapped a five-match losing skid and an eight-match WAC losing streak ... Against Tech, Erin Garvey hit .786 with 11 kills and five blocks ... Tatiana Santiago has 2,316 career assists, which ranks sixth in school history and is 68 shy of fifth place ... As a team, Nevada ranks fourth in the conference in service aces (1.35) ... Grace Anxo ranks second in the conference with 0.39 service aces per set, while Santiago is fourth in assists (9.54) and Kelly Chang is fifth in digs (3.49) ... Janelle Batista ranks fourth in the WAC in hitting percentage (.334), and ninth in both kills (2.96) and points (3.48) ... In WAC matches only, Batista is fifth in hitting percentage (.356), and ninth in both kills (3.06) and points (3.53) ... In conference matches, Santiago ranks fourth in assists (10.35) and sixth in service aces (0.35), while Chang is
fourth in digs (3.88) ... The Wolf Pack play at Idaho on Thursday and at Utah State on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (16-4, 5-0 WAC)
New Mexico State went 3-0 last week, defeating New Mexico (25-22, 25-18, 22-25, 25-17), Nevada (25-20, 25-22, 25-22) and Fresno State (25-15, 25-23, 25-19) to remain unbeaten in WAC play ... Meredith Hays posted her eighth double-double of the season with 20 kills and 13 digs against New Mexico ... As a team, the Aggies posted a season-best .330 hitting percentage at Fresno State ... NM State ranks 25th nationally in winning percentage (.800), 37th in assists (12.85) and 42nd in kills (13.75) ... Hays leads the WAC and ranks 21st nationally in kills (4.34) and ranks 26th in the nation in points (4.82) ... Jennah DeVries ranks third in the conference and 45th nationally in assists (10.81) ... Kelsey Brennan is third in the league in hitting percentage (.358), while Kelsi Phillips is fourth in digs (4.34) and seventh in service aces (0.31) ... Michelle Kuester ranks third in the WAC and 29th nationally in blocks (1.31) ... As a team, NM State leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.140), is second in assists (12.85), kills (13.75) and hitting percentage (.209), and fourth in blocks (2.38) and digs (15.07) ... The Aggies host No. 8 Hawai‘i on ESPNU on Wednesday and San Jose State on Saturday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (6-12, 1-4 WAC)
San Jose State fell to Sacramento State (25-22, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17) last Tuesday and No. 9 Hawai‘i (25-21, 25-8, 25-19) on Saturday ... Savanah Leaf had 13 kills and 19 digs for her fourth double-double of the season vs. Sacramento State ... Leaf led the team with 10 kills at Hawai‘i, while Caitlin Andrade had 24 assists and a team-best eight digs ... Andrade moved into seventh place on the Spartan career assists list with 2,360. She needs 77 assists to move into sixth place ... Andrade ranks fifth in the WAC with 9.16 assists per set, while Alex Akana is ninth in blocks (1.03) ... Katie Turner ranks ninth in the conference in digs (3.00) ... As a team, SJSU ranks fifth in the WAC in hitting percentage (.174), assists (11.23), kills (11.92), blocks (2.15) and digs (14.60) ... In WAC matches only, San Jose State ranks fifth in the conference in digs (12.94) ... Kiely Pieper is tied for second in WAC matches with 0.38 service aces per set ... Akana ranks sixth in WAC matches with a .350 hitting percentage, while Andrade is seventh in assists (8.12) ... The Spartans play at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and at New Mexico State on Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (7-11, 2-3 WAC)
Utah State fell in straight sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-16) at Idaho last Friday in their only match of the week ... Shay Sorensen led the team with 10 kills, while Laurel Bodily had 13 digs ... The team posted season lows in hitting percentage (.053), digs (31) and blocks (3.0) ... Liz McArthur ranks third all-time at Utah State in career attempts (3,825), sixth in kills (1,274) and 10th in service aces (86) ... As a team, the Aggies rank second in the WAC and 12th nationally in blocks (2.82), and lead the league and rank 46th nationally in digs (16.53) ... Utah State boasts four of the top 10 blockers in the WAC – Alyssa Everett (4th, 1.29), Kaitlyn VanHoff (5th, 1.14), Josselyn White (6th, 1.14) and Nicole Gneiting-Theurer (7th, 1.13) ... McArthur ranks fifth in the WAC in kills (3.72) and sixth in points (4.11), while White is eighth in points (3.76) and 10th in kills (2.94) ... In WAC play, Utah State is second in digs (14.82) and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.191) ... Three USU players are in the top 10 in digs in WAC matches – Bodily (3rd, 4.29), Rachel Orr (6th, 3.06) and Paige Neves (9th, 2.67) ... The Aggies host Fresno State on Thursday and Nevada on Saturday.