This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 25
UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 17-23. This is her second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season.
The Schertz, Texas native averaged a WAC-best 5.00 kills on .316 hitting to go along with 4.50 digs and 0.67 blocks per set to lead the Roadrunners to a pair of sweeps. She opened the week with her eighth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 16 digs in a non-conference match against Houston Baptist. She hit at a on .311 clip and added a pair of blocks and an assist. Adams then led UTSA to a sweep of rivals Texas State, the Roadrunners’ first home victory against the Bobcats in nearly four years. In that contest, she finished with 13 kills and nine digs.
Other nominees included: Colleen King of Denver averaged 3.83 kills, 1.33 blocks and 0.50 digs per set as the Pioneers went 2-0 on the week ... Louisiana Tech’s Maria Coelho averaged 7.86 assists, 1.00 digs, 0.86 blocks and 0.43 service aces per set last week ... Desiree Scott of New Mexico State averaged 2.29 kills on .423 hitting and 1.57 blocks per set as the Aggies remained the only unbeaten team in WAC play ... San Jose State’s Mary Alice O’Reilly averaged 3.38 kills on .489 hitting to go along with 0.75 blocks per set as the Spartans went 2-0 on the week ... Kaytlyn Dill of Seattle U posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 4.90 kills and 2.40 digs per set ... UT Arlington’s Taylor Gross averaged 4.00 kills on .405 hitting last week ... Shay Sorensen of Utah State averaged 2.62 kills and 2.25 digs per set in helping the Aggies to a 1-1 mark on the week.
NEW MEXICO STATE RANKS NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE
New Mexico State currently ranks 16th nationally in attendance with an average of 1,778 fans per match. Meanwhile, Texas State ranks 71st (666).
JOHNSON RECORDS 1,000TH CAREER DIG
Denver libero Lyndi Johnson recorded her 1,000th career dig in the second set of the Pioneers’ win over UT Arlington on Sept. 20. The WAC’s active leader in career digs, she has 1,007.
DuBOSE PICKS UP 100TH CAREER VICTORY
Utah State head coach Grayson DuBose became just the second coaching position in school history to reach 100 career wins when the Aggies beat Seattle U in a five-set thriller on Sept. 21. Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler hold the school record with 209 wins as they were co-head coaches from 1976-81. In his seventh year at the helm, DuBose is now 100-94 (.515).
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, UTSA leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.156), kills (13.51) and digs (18.06). Denver is tops in hitting percentage (.249), while San Jose State leads the league in assists (12.57). Utah State leads the WAC in blocks (2.99), while Seattle U is tops in service aces (1.37).
Individually, New Mexico State’s Meredith Hays leads the WAC in kills (4.42) and points (5.08). Denver’s Faimie Kingsley is tops in hitting percentage (.385) and blocks (1.61), while San Jose State’s Michaela Leonard leads the league in assists (11.39). Kaytlyn Dill of Seattle U leads the WAC in service aces (0.53), while UTSA’s Annie Kunes is tops in digs (4.42).
In WAC matches, San Jose State leads the league in assists (13.44) and kills (14.00), while Denver is tops in hitting percentage (.248) and blocks (3.36). New Mexico leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.117), while Seattle U is tops in service aces (1.80) and UTSA is tops in digs (19.64).
Individually, UTSA’s McKenzie Adams leads the WAC in kills (4.91) and points (5.82) in WAC matches. Ashley Christman of Idaho is tops in hitting percentage (.458), while Leonard leads the league in assists (12.25) and Dill is tops in service aces (0.75). Kingsley leads the WAC in blocks (2.21), while Utah State’s Ashland Rogers is tops in digs (5.40).
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets for the 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament are on sale now. The tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, on the campus of UTSA.
The 2012 tournament will consist of seven matches in three sessions (one session per day). Ticket prices are as follows:
Single-Session Adult: $10
Single-Session Senior/Youth: $7
Single-Session WAC Students: $5
Children two and under do not need a ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at goutsa.com or by calling (210) 458-UTSA.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday, Nov. 19 (Quarterfinals)
Match 1 - No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, noon
Match 2 - No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 - No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Semifinals)
Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 4 p.m.
Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Championship)
Match 7 - Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
DENVER PIONEERS (8-5, 2-2 WAC)
The Pioneers swept UT Arlington (26-24, 27-25, 25-19) last Thursday and swept Louisiana Tech (25-16, 25-14, 25-16) on Saturday ... Colleen King and Faimie Kingsley had 12 kills each against UT Arlington ... Lyndi Johnson recorded her 1,000th career dig in the second set against UTA. The WAC’s active leader in career digs, she has 1,007 ... In the win over Louisiana Tech, Michele Swope and Cassie Ronda had 12 kills, while King added 11 ... Swope also had 11 digs for her second double-double of the season ... Kingsley has 383 career blocks, good for third place in the Pioneer record books ... Denver leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.249), ranks second in opponent hitting percentage (.157), third in blocks (2.62) and service aces (1.23), and fourth in assists (11.64) and kills (12.59) ... Kingsley leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.385) and blocks (1.61) ... Johnson ranks sixth in the WAC in digs (3.82), while King is seventh in kills (2.98) ... The Pioneers play at Air Force on Tuesday and at New Mexico State on Saturday.
IDAHO VANDALS (4-10, 2-2 WAC)
The Vandals were swept at San Jose State (15-25, 14-25, 26-28) last Thursday, then swept Utah State (25-14, 25-15, 25-22) on Saturday for their first road win of the season ... Idaho hit a season-high .352 against the Aggies and held Utah State to .096, the second-lowest hitting percentage of the season for an Idaho opponent ... Ashley Christman hit a career-high .765 against the Aggies while matching her career high with 13 kills ... As a team, Idaho ranks fifth in the WAC in assists (11.322), hitting percentage (.198), blocks (2.26) and digs (13.84) ... Allison (Walker) Baker ranks second in the league in kills (4.39) and points (4.84) ... Alyssa Schultz ranks third in the conference in hitting percentage (.351) and fifth in blocks (1.18) ... Janelle Chow is fourth in the WAC in digs (3.86), while Ryann Carter is sixth in assists (8.84) and Jenna Ellis is sixth in service aces (0.26) ... Christman is 10th in hitting percentage (.261) ... The Vandals host Texas State on Thursday and UTSA on Saturday.
LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS (3-12, 0-3 WAC)
The Lady Techsters fell in four sets (25-23, 24-26, 12-25, 21-25) at New Mexico State last Thursday and were swept at Denver (16-25, 14-25, 16-25) on Saturday ... Against New Mexico State, Clara Vido had 17 kills and 11 digs for her third double-double of the season ... When the Lady Techsters took the first set against the Aggies, it marked the first time a LA Tech team has ever won a set on the road against the Aggies and was just the fourth set Tech has ever won against NM State ... Caitlin Germany ranks seventh in the league in blocks per set (1.10), while Maria Coelho is eighth in assists per set (8.02) ... In WAC matches only, Ana Rodrigues ranks second in the league in digs (4.27), while Coelho ranks is in assists (8.82) and seventh in service aces (0.36) ... Vido ranks eighth in the conference in WAC matches in points (3.82) and 10th in kills (3.36) ... Louisiana Tech hosts Utah State on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday.
NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (10-3, 4-0 WAC)
The Aggies defeated Louisiana Tech in four sets (23-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-21) last Thursday and swept UT Arlington (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) on Saturday to remain the only unbeaten team in WAC play ... Meredith Hays led all players with 17 kills to go along with 10 digs against the Lady Techsters for her sixth double-double of the season ... Hays had 12 kills in the sweep of the Mavericks ... NM State ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.234), blocks (2.66) and service aces (1.37), and third in opponent hitting percentage (.167), assists (12.10) and kills (13.23) ... Hays leads the WAC in points (5.08) and kills (4.42), ranks fourth in service aces (0.31) and ninth in hitting percentage (.269) ... Desiree Scott ranks fourth in the league in blocks (1.19) and seventh in hitting percentage (.277), while Ciara Brown is 10th in assists (5.72) ... The Aggies play a non-conference match at rival UTEP on Wednesday, then host Denver on Saturday.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (6-7, 2-2 WAC)
The Spartans swept Idaho (25-15, 25-14, 28-26) last Thursday and beat Seattle U in five sets (16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 16-25, 15-8) on Saturday ... Hanah Blume led a group of four Spartans in double-digit kills against the Vandals, finishing with 12 ... After hitting .167 in the first set vs. Seattle U, Mary Alice O’Reilly did not have a hitting error in her final 20 attempts and finished the match with a team-best .577 hitting percentage with 17 kills ... San Jose State leads the WAC in assists (12.57), ranks second in kills (13.43) and digs (17.65), and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.179) and service aces (1.22) ... Michaela Leonard leads the WAC in assists (11.39), while O’Reilly is second in hitting percentage (.368), fifth in points (3.64), sixth in kills (3.04) and 10th in blocks (1.00) ... Blume ranks second in the WAC in digs (4.06) and Kiely Pieper is fifth (3.82) ... Alex Akana is sixth in the league in service aces (0.26) ... San Jose State hosts Pacific on Tuesday, then plays at UT Arlington on Thursday and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
SEATTLE U REDHAWKS (6-8, 1-3 WAC)
The Redhawks fell in five sets (23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-20, 18-20) at Utah State last Thursday and lost in five sets (25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 8-15) at San Jose State on Saturday... Kaytlyn Dill became the first Seattle U player ever to collect 30 or more kills in a match, finishing with 31 as the Redhawks came back from an 0-2 deficit to force a fifth set against the Aggies ... At San Jose State, Dill notched her fourth double-double in the last five matches with 18 kills and 10 digs ... Dill also notched three service aces in the match, including the 100th of her career to become the sixth player in Redhawk history with 100 or more career aces ... Seattle U leads the WAC in service aces (1.37) ... Dill leads the conference in service aces (0.53), and ranks fourth in both points (4.29) and kills (3.51) ... Jacquie Brice ranks fifth in the WAC in assists (9.56) , while Lani Beadle is ninth in digs (3.40) ... The Redhawks host UTSA on Thursday and Texas State on Saturday.
UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS (5-10, 1-2 WAC)
The Mavericks fell in straight sets (24-26, 25-27, 19-25) at Denver last Thursday and were swept (17-25, 19-25, 19-25) at New Mexico State on Saturday ... Against the Pioneers, Taylor Gross had 16 kills on .440 hitting ... As a team, UTA hit .294, its second-best hitting percentage of the season ... Against the Aggies, Gross and Ashley Bennett led the team with eight kills each ... The Mavericks rank third in the WAC in digs (15.63) and fifth in kills (12.26) ... Amanda Welsh ranks third in the WAC in assists (9.91) and fifth in service aces (0.30), while Charmaine Whitmore is fourth in blocks (1.10) ... Shelby Dickson ranks eighth in the league in digs per set (3.74) and 10th in kills per set (2.81) ... Megan Casey is ninth in the WAC in service aces (0.24) ... In WAC matches only, the Mavericks rank second in the conference in assists (12.40) and kills (13.80), fourth in hitting percentage (.227) and fifth in digs (15.10) ... UT Arlington hosts San Jose State on Thursday and Utah State on Saturday.
UTSA ROADRUNNERS (9-4, 2-1 WAC)
The Roadrunners swept Houston Baptist (25-23, 25-21, 25-11) last Tuesday, then swept Texas State (25-13, 25-15, 25-18) on Friday ... UTSA’s 54 kills against the Huskies was a team record for a three-set match in the rally-scoring era ... McKenzie Adams posted her eighth double-double of the season against Houston Baptist, finishing with 17 kills and 16 digs ... The win over Texas State marked the first win for the Roadrunners over the Bobcats at home since Sept. 27, 2008 ... Brandy Huskey posted her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season last week, finishing with 43 assists and 10 digs against Houston Baptist and 30 assists and 11 digs against Texas State ... UTSA leads the league in opponent hitting percentage (.156), kills (13.51) and digs (18.06), and is second in assists (12.41) ... Annie Kunes leads the WAC in digs (4.42), while Huskey is second in assists (10.49) ... The Roadrunners play at Seattle U on Thursday and at Idaho on Saturday.
TEXAS STATE BOBCATS (6-8, 1-2 WAC)
The Bobcats were swept (13-25, 15-25, 18-25) at UTSA on Friday in their only match last week ... Alexandra Simms led the team with nine kills, while Laura Whalen had 10 digs ... Texas State was out-blocked 8-2 in the loss ... Thirteen different Bobcats saw action in the match ... Texas State posted season lows in hitting percentage (.045), assists (28), blocks (2) and points (34) in the match ... As a team, the Bobcats rank fourth in the WAC in service aces (1.22) and digs (14.46) ... Simms ranks fifth in the WAC in kills (3.11) and seventh in points (3.47) ... Patti Bradshaw ranks eighth in the WAC in service aces (0.24), while Caleigh McCorquodale is ninth in assists (6.59) ... In WAC matches only, the Bobcats rank third in the conference in digs (16.60) ...Simms ranks fifth in the league in WAC matches with 0.40 service aces per set, while Laura Whalen is seventh in digs (3.71) ... The Bobcats play at Idaho on Thursday and at Seattle U on Saturday.
UTAH STATE AGGIES (8-5, 3-1 WAC)
Utah State defeated Seattle U in five sets (25-23, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25, 20-18) last Thursday before being swept (14-25, 15-25, 22-25) by Idaho on Saturday ... Head coach Grayson DuBose became just the second coaching position in program history to reach 100 wins with the victory over the Redhawks ... Against Seattle U, Shay Sorensen logged her third-straight double-double and fifth overall this season with 13 kills and 14 digs, adding six blocks ... Kaitlyn Van Hoff had 10 blocks in the match, as the Aggies out-blocked Seattle U 18-12 ... With 1,323 career assists, Paige Neves ranks 10th all-time in the Utah State record books ... Josselyn White has 280 career total blocks, tied for ninth all-time at USU ... Utah State leads the WAC and ranks 10th nationally in blocks (2.99) ... Elle Brainard ranks second in the WAC in blocks (1.51) and fifth in hitting percentage (.317) ... Ashlan Rogers ranks second in service aces (0.37) and third in digs (3.96) ... The Aggies play at Louisiana Tech on Thursday and at UT Arlington on Saturday.