This Week in WAC Volleyball - Nov. 18
UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-16. This is her fifth WAC Player of the Week honor of the season.
The Schertz, Texas native averaged 5.67 kills on .424 hitting to go along with 4.00 digs and a WAC-best 6.67 points per set to lead the Roadrunners to a sweep of San Jose State. She posted a match-high 17 kills on .424 hitting to go along with 12 digs for her 19th double-double of the season. Adams also added two solo blocks, a pair of assists and a service ace against the Spartans.
Other nominees included: Michele Swope of Denver averaged 3.67 kills on .476 hitting and 2.33 digs per set as the Pioneers swept Seattle U ... Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz averaged 3.00 blocks and 2.33 kills on .375 hitting as the Vandals swept New Mexico State on the road ... Meredith Hays of New Mexico State averaged 5.67 kills and 2.67 digs per set ... San Jose State’s Mary Alice O’Reilly averaged 3.33 kills, 0.50 digs and 0.50 blocks per set as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week ... Taylor Gross of UT Arlington averaged 4.33 kills and 1.33 blocks per set as the Mavericks swept Louisiana Tech to claim the last spot in the WAC Tournament field ... Utah State’s Rachel Orr averaged 4.00 kills on .600 hitting, 1.33 digs and 0.67 blocks per set on the week..
WAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT OPENS MONDAY
The 2012 WAC Tournament kicks off Monday at the Convocation Center on the campus of UTSA in San Antonio, Texas. There are four matches on Monday, two on Tuesday and the championship match will be played at 4 p.m. Wednesday and will be televised live on ESPNU.
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Former member Hawai’i won 11 of the last 12 WAC Tournament titles after falling to Utah State in the championship match in 2010. When the top-seeded Aggies swept the Rainbow Wahine to claim the 2010 title, they became just the third team ever to win the title.
WAC TO WEBSTREAM TWO DAYS OF WAC TOURNAMENT
The WAC will stream the first two days of the 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament. An all-tournament pass that includes six matches can be purchased for $17.95. Individual matches may be purchased for $8.95 each. Wednesday’s championship match is not available on WAC.tv, but can be viewed on ESPNU. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
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 ALL-WAC TEAM
UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams was named WAC Player of the Year, while teammate Annie Kunes was named Libero of the Year. Utah State’s Elle Brainard captured Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach Grayson DuBose was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Nine schools were represented on the teams, led by top-seeded Utah State with four players on the first team and two on the second team. No. 3 seed UTSA had one player on the first team and three on the second team, while Idaho and New Mexico State both had two first-team selections and one second-team pick.
Adams earned WAC Player of the Year honors after leading the league in kills (4.73) and points (5.30) and ranking seventh in digs (3.77) per set. She was named WAC Player of the Week five times during the season and posted double-doubles in 13 of the 18 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Adams ranked 25th nationally in kills per set and 33rd in points per set.
Kunes earned Libero of the Year honors after leading the WAC with 5.39 digs per set. The freshman posted double-digit digs in 15 of the 16 WAC matches in which she played and had 20 or more digs in seven WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, the second team All-WAC pick ranked 64th nationally in digs per set.
Brainard earned Freshman of the Year honors. She averaged 1.63 kills and 1.38 blocks per set in WAC play. Brainard ranks second in the WAC and 17th nationally in overall blocks per set. Her 143 block assists on the season rank third on the Aggies’ single-season list, while her 149 total blocks rank fourth.
DuBose led his team to its first-ever WAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the second time in his career he’s earned the honor (2007).
UTAH STATE CLAIMS FIRST-EVER WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
Utah State, which was selected fourth in the preseason poll, captured its first-ever WAC regular-season title with a 15-3 record in conference play. The Aggies won the WAC Tournament title in 2010. USU’s last conference title was winning the Eastern Division of the Big West in 1999.
SEATTLE U’S BIETTE EARNS ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Seattle U senior Kelly Biette earned Capital One Academic All-District first team honors. She now advances to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. A senior middle hitter from Brighton, Colo., Biette boasts a 3.92 grade-point average as a biology major. She is the president of the Seattle U Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and a member of the WAC SAAC. Earlier this fall, she traveled to Switzerland to present at an international conference of scientists.
BAKER EXTENDS DOUBLE-DIGIT KILL STREAK TO 44 MATCHES
Idaho junior Allison (Walker) Baker has posted double-digit kills in 44 consecutive matches, dating back to Sept. 16, 2011. In her three years as a Vandal, the outside hitter has had 10 or more kills in 75 of the 83 matches she has played, or 90 percent.
CHOW TALLIES 1,000TH CAREER DIG
Idaho senior libero Janelle Chow notched her 1,000th career dig in the second set of the Vandals’ sweep of Louisiana Tech on Nov. 8. She now has 1,030 on her career.
NEW MEXICO STATE RANKS NATIONALLY IN ATTENDANCE
New Mexico State currently ranks 23rd nationally in attendance with an average of 1,654 fans per match. The Aggies have ranked in the top 25 in attendance every year since joining the WAC in 2005. NM State’s highest ranking as a member of the WAC came in 2005, when the Aggies were 11th with an average attendance of 2,075.
FOUR WAC PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 50 IN BLOCKING
Four WAC players – Denver’s Faimie Kingsley (7th, 1.62), Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz (23rd, 1.38), and Utah State’s Elle Brainard (17th, 1.44) and Kaitlyn Van Hoff (37th, 1.31) – currently rank in the top 50 nationally in blocks per set.
UTAH STATE’S WHITE SETS SCHOOL HITTING PERCENTAGE RECORD
Utah State senior outside hitter Josselyn White hit a school-record .812 with 13 kills and no errors in 16 attacks against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 27. The .812 is the highest by a WAC player this season, the highest by any WAC player since 2010, and the highest by a player in a WAC match since 2006.
DILL POSTS 1,000TH CAREER KILL
With her kill in the second set against Texas State to tie it at 9-9, Seattle U’s Kaytlyn Dill notched her 1,000th career kill to become the sixth player in program history to do so. She closed out her career with 1,199 kills in her four seasons.
CHISUM EARNS 750TH CAREER WIN
Her team’s sweep of Seattle U on Sept. 29 was career victory No. 750 for Texas State head coach Karen Chisum. The sixth-winningest active head coach in NCAA Division I, Chisum has a career record of 757-482-3 (.611).
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 now 1,122.
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 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 112-97 (.536).
BAKER RECORDS 1,000TH CAREER KILL
In the first set of a five-set loss to San Diego State on Sept. 9, Idaho junior Allison (Walker) Baker recorded her 1,000th career kill, becoming the 14th Idaho player ever to surpass the 1,000-kill plateau. The outside hitter now has 1,312 kills on her career, good for eighth place all-time at Idaho.
WALLS TALLIES 1,000TH CAREER KILL
UTSA senior outside hitter Whitney Walls notched her 1,000th career kill on Sept. 1 in a five-set win over UTEP. Walls now has 1,213 kills on her career, good for 10th place all-time at UTSA.
WAC STAT LEADERS
In team statistics, UTSA leads the WAC in assists (13.34), kills (14.47) and digs (18.88). Denver is tops in hitting percentage (.245), while Utah State leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.160) and blocks (3.01), and San Jose State is tops in service aces (1.32).
Individually UTSA’s McKenzie Adams leads the WAC in kills (4.37) and points (4.88). Denver’s Faimie Kingsley is tops in hitting percentage (.378) and blocks (1.62). San Jose State’s Michaela Leonard leads the league in assists (11.17), while Kaytlyn Dill of Seattle U leads the WAC in service aces (0.41) and UTSA’s Annie Kunes is tops in digs (4.99).
In WAC matches, UTSA leads the league in assists (13.80), kills (14.83) and digs (19.64). Denver is tops in hitting percentage (.240), while Utah State leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.145). Idaho leads the WAC in blocks (3.00) and San Jose State is tops in service aces (1.37).
Individually, Adams leads the WAC in kills (4.73) and points (5.30) in WAC matches, while New Mexico State’s Desiree Scott is tops in hitting percentage (.420). Leonard leads the league in assists (11.27), while Dill is tops in service aces (0.42). Kingsley leads the WAC in blocks (1.70) and Kunes is tops in digs (5.39).
REGIONAL, SEMIFINAL/CHAMPIONSHIP SITES SELECTED
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee announced the following sites for regional and semifinal/championship competition of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championships.
Regionals (4): Dec. 7-8, 2012
Host: University of California
Haas Pavilion (Berkeley, Calif.)
Host: University of Nebraska
CenturyLink Center (Omaha, Neb.)
Host: University of Texas
Gregory Gym (Austin, Texas)
Host: Purdue University
Mackey Arena (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Semifinals and Championship: Dec. 13 and 15, 2012
Co-Hosts: University of Louisville and Louisville Sports Commission
KFC YUM! Center (Louisville, Ky.)