This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 10
UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 3-9. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Adams.
The Schertz, Texas native averaged 4.25 kills and a WAC-best 5.00 digs per set in a road win at Houston that gave the Roadrunners their best start since 1988. Adams posted her fifth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 20 digs against the Cougars. She leads UTSA with 3.66 kills per set and ranks second on the team with 3.72 digs per set.
Other nominees included: Denver’s Faimie Kingsley averaged 2.73 kills and 1.27 blocks per set as the Pioneers went 3-0 on the week ... Allison (Walker) Baker of Idaho was named to the all-tournament team at the Verizon Challenge after averaging 4.36 kills and 2.27 digs over three matches ... New Mexico State’s Meredith Hays was named to the all-tournament team at the Rams Classic after averaging 4.45 kills and 2.09 digs over the three matches ... Michaela Leonard of San Jose State posted three double-doubles and was named to the Boise State Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 9.79 assists and 2.79 digs per set ... UT Arlington’s Taylor Gross earned all-tournament team honors at the Hilton Classic after averaging 3.29 kills and 0.86 blocks per set ... Alexandra Simms of Texas State was named to the SMU Invitational all-tournament team and averaged 3.33 kills and 0.67 digs per set in four matches last week ... Utah State’s Shay Sorensen averaged 3.33 kills, 1.70 digs and 1.50 blocks per set as the Aggies went 0-2 at the Kansas State Invitational.
SEVEN WAC PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN THIRD WEEKEND
The WAC had seven players named to all-tournament teams last weekend. Michaela Leonard and Mary Alice O’Reilly of San Jose State were named to the all-tournament team at the Boise State Invitational. Allison (Walker) Baker of Idaho earned all-tournament honors at the Verizon Challenge, while Maria Coelho of Louisiana Tech was named to the Southeastern Lion Classic all-tournament team. Meredith Hays of New Mexico State earned her third all-tournament team honor in as many weeks at the Rams Classic, while UT Arlington’s Taylor Gross was named to the Hilton Classic all-tournament squad. Rounding out the honorees was Texas State’s Alexandra Simms, who earned SMU Invitational all-tournament honors.
BAKER RECORDS 1,000TH CAREER KILL
In the first set of a five-set loss to San Diego State on Sunday, Idaho junior Allison (Walker) Baker recorded her 1,000th career kill. The outside hitter now has 1,026 kills on her career, becoming the 11th Idaho player ever to surpass the 1,000-kill plateau.
TOP STAT LEADERS
New Mexico State’s Meredith Hays leads the WAC in points per set (5.31), while Idaho’s Allison (Walker) Baker is tops in kills (4.65). Utah State’s Elle Brainard leads the conference in hitting percentage (.412), while teammate Ashlan Rogers is tops in service aces (0.44). Louisiana Tech’s Maria Coelho leads the WAC in assists (11.04), while teammate Caitlin Germany is tops in blocks (1.55). San Jose State’s Hanah Blume leads the league in digs (4.37).
DENVER PIONEERS (6-3, 0-0 WAC)
Denver went 3-0 at the Pentagon Tournament last weekend, defeating The Citadel (25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-15), Navy (24-26, 25-10, 25-12, 25-16) and Army (28-26, 25-18, 25-13) ... Faimie Kingsley averaged 2.73 kills on .424 hitting and 1.27 blocks per set over the three matches ... The Pioneers had four players with 30 or more kills over the three matches ... Kingsley now has 721 career kills and 352 career blocks, good for ninth and third place, respectively, in the Division I era ... Denver leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.249) and opponent hitting percentage (.143), ranks second in service aces (1.30), third in blocks (2.28), and fourth in assists (11.77) and kills (12.73) ... Kingsley ranks third in the WAC in hitting percentage (.384) and blocks (1.33) ... Lyndi Johnson ranks third in the WAC in digs (4.10), while Colleen King is ninth in hitting percentage (.272) and 10th in kills (2.77) ... The Pioneers travel open WAC play at Idaho on Thursday and at Seattle U on Saturday.
IDAHO VANDALS (2-8, 0-0 WAC)
Last Monday, the Vandals fell in four sets at Cal State Northridge (26-28, 17-25, 25-21, 20-25) ... Idaho then dropped all three of its matches at the Verizon Challenge last weekend, falling to No. 3 UCLA (16-25, 13-25, 13-25), No. 9 Hawai‘i (11-25, 14-25, 16-25) and San Diego State (23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 26-24, 12-15) ... Allison (Walker) Baker earned all-tournament team honors after averaging 4.36 kills per set ... Baker notched her 1,000th career kill against the Aztecs, when she posted her WAC-leading eighth double-double of the season ... Idaho has lost its last seven matches, its longest skid since a nine-match losing streak to open the 2006 season ... As a team, Idaho ranks fourth in the WAC in digs (14.58) and fifth in assists (11.30) ... Baker leads the league in kills (4.65) and is second in points (5.21) ... Alyssa Schultz ranks sixth in the conference in hitting percentage (.338) and 10th in blocks (1.05) ... The Vandals open WAC play hosting Denver on Thursday and New Mexico State on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (3-8, 0-0 WAC)
The Lady Techsters swept Grambling State (25-13, 25-10, 25-6) last Wednesday, then went 2-2 at the Southeastern Lion Classic last weekend, defeating UT-Pan American (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-13) and Southern (25-14, 25-13, 25-10), and falling to Weber State (17-25, 22-25, 19-25) and Southeastern Louisiana (22-25, 21-25, 14-25) ... Maria Coelho was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 7.77 assists, 1.54 digs, 0.54 kills and 0.54 blocks per set ... As a team, Louisiana Tech ranks third in the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.176) and fifth in digs per set (14.26) ... Caitlin Germany ranks fifth in the league in blocks per set (1.11), while Stephany Salas is eighth in digs per set (3.50) and Coelho is eighth in assists per set (8.13) ... Louisiana Tech plays at Northwestern State on Tuesday, then hosts UT Arlington to open WAC play on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (6-3, 0-0 WAC)
The Aggies went 1-2 at the Rams Classic last weekend, defeating Florida International (25-22, 25-20, 25-17) and falling to No. 12 Pepperdine (25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 23-25) and host Colorado State (25-19, 20-25, 19-25, 18-25) ... Meredith Hays was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.45 kills and 2.09 digs per set over the three matches ... The win over Florida International was NM State’s first sweep of the season ... The Aggies used multiple setters during the tournament with Taylor Livoti posting 6.00 assists per set and Ciara Brown averaging 4.12 per set. Maggi Jo Keffury added 3.00 per set ... NM State leads the WAC in assists (12.34) and service aces (1.51), and ranks second in hitting percentage (.231), kills (13.43) and blocks (2.47) ... Hays leads the WAC in points (5.31), ranks second in kills (4.60) and service aces (0.40), and 10th in hitting percentage (.264) ... The Aggies open WAC play at Seattle U on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (4-5, 0-0 WAC)
The Spartans went 1-2 at the Boise State Tournament last weekend, defeating Southern Utah (25-13, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11) and falling to UC Irvine (16-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-27), and the host Broncos (25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 26-24, 14-16) ... Michaela Leonard and Mary Alice O’Reilly were named to the all-tournament team. Leonard, who posted double-doubles in all three matches, averaged 9.79 assists, 2.79 digs and 0.29 aces per set. O’Reilly averaged 2.50 kills on .342 hitting to go along with 0.93 blocks per set ... Leonard tied her career highs in assists (49) and digs (15) over the weekend ... San Jose State leads the WAC in digs (17.86), ranks third in assists (12.17) and kills (13.17), fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.177) and service aces (1.26), and fifth in hitting percentage (.193) and blocks (2.19) ... Leonard leads the WAC in assists (11.00), while Hanah Blume is tops in digs (4.37) ... Alex Akana is fifth in the league in service aces (0.32) and seventh in blocks (1.06) ... San Jose State opens WAC play at Texas State on Thursday and at UTSA on Saturday.
SEATTLE U REDHAWKS (4-5, 0-0 WAC)
Seattle University made its shortest road trip of the season last Thursday, traveling five miles to No. 7 Washington and losing 0-3 (15-25, 10-25, 21-25) ... Seattle U opened its home schedule last Saturday, losing to Long Beach State in three sets (17-25, 16-25, 23-25) ... Seattle U has lost all four meetings to Washington since 2008, with the Huskies being ranked in the top 10 at the time of the meeting every time ... The 21 points the Redhawks scored in the third set was the highest point total against Washington in a single set in the last four contests between the intracity foes ... Sarah Jaeckel ranks fourth in the WAC in kills (3.47) and fifth in points (3.73), while teammate Kaytlyn Dill is fourth in service aces (0.33), sixth in points (3.67) and seventh in kills (3.07) ... The Redhawks play three home matches in five days this week, hosting Boise State on Tuesday, then opening WAC play at home against New Mexico State on Thursday and Denver on Saturday.
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS (4-7, 0-0 WAC)
UT Arlington was swept by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (14-25, 23-25, 22-25) last Monday, then went 1-2 at the Maverick Classic, defeating Marist (25-16, 25-16, 25-18), and falling to Northwestern State (25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 25-21, 12-15) and Southern Mississippi (21-25, 18-25, 23-25) ... Taylor Gross was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.36 kills on .359 hitting to go along with 1.00 blocks over the three tournament matches ... Gross led the team in kills in all four matches last week ... The Mavericks rank third in the WAC in digs (15.98), fourth in blocks (2.22) and fifth in kills (12.07) ... Shelby Dickson ranks fifth in the league in digs per set (3.85), eighth in kills per set (3.00) and 10th in points per set (3.30) ... Amanda Welsh ranks third in the WAC in both assists (10.00) and service aces (0.37), while Charmaine Whitmore is fourth in blocks (1.22) ... UTA plays at TCU on Tuesday, then opens WAC play at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
UTSA ROADRUNNERS (6-2, 0-0 WAC)
UTSA defeated Houston (25-14, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25) last Friday ... McKenzie Adams and Brandy Huskey both posted double-doubles ... For Adams, who finished with 17 kills and 20 digs, it was her fifth of the season ... Huskey tallied 39 assists and 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season ... UTSA posted a season-high six service aces in the win ... The Roadrunners are off to their best start since 1988, when the team won 11 of its first 12 matches ... UTSA leads the league in kills (13.62), ranks second in opponent hitting percentage (.162), assists (12.28) and digs (16.75, and third in hitting percentage (.221) ... Kylie Schott ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.407), while Huskey is second in assists (10.38) and Annie Kunes is second in digs (4.22) ... Brittney Malloy ranks fourth all-time at UTSA in total blocks (327) ... The Roadrunners play at Houston Baptist on Monday, then open WAC play at home against Utah State on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday.
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (5-6, 0-0 WAC)
The Bobcats were swept at Baylor (22-25, 24-26, 14-25) last Tuesday, then went 1-2 at the SMU Invitational last weekend, falling to Auburn (15-25, 19-25, 19-25) and Wichita State (19-25, 22-25, 17-25), and defeating the host Mustangs (28-26, 25-13, 25-23) ... Alexandra Simms was named to the all-tournament team after hitting above .300 in all three matches and totaling 32 kills ... Simms posted a career-high three service aces against Baylor, then tied her career high with 13 kills and had a career-best .407 hitting percentage against SMU ... The team defeated SMU in Dallas for the first time in the program’s history ... The Bobcats rank third in the WAC in service aces (1.28) ... Patti Bradshaw ranks sixth in the WAC in service aces (0.30), while Caylin Mahoney is eighth (0.29) ... Simms ranks fifth in the WAC in kills (3.19) and seventh in points (3.49) ... Texas State hosts San Jose State on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday to open WAC play.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (5-4, 0-0 WAC)
Utah State went 0-2 at the Kansas State Invitational last weekend, falling to Saint Mary’s (17-25, 22-25, 23-25) and the No. 22 Wildcats (22-25, 23-25, 18-25) ... Paige Neves posted a double-double of 31 assists and 12 digs against the Wildcats ... Neves recently became the 12th player in Aggie history to surpass 1,000 career assists. With 1,166 on her career, she needs just 114 more to enter the USU top 10 ... Josselyn White, who has missed the last four and a half matches with illness, has 271 career total blocks, eight shy of the top 10 ... As a team, Utah State leads the WAC in blocks (3.04), ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.210), and fifth in both opponent hitting percentage (.178) and service aces (1.21) ... Elle Brainard leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.412) and blocks (1.47) ... Ashlan Rogers leads the conference in service aces (0.44) and ranks ninth in digs (3.32) ... White is fourth in points (3.76), sixth in kills (3.12) and seventh in hitting percentage (.286) ... The Aggies open WAC play at UTSA on Thursday and at Texas State on Saturday.