Sep 03, 2018
DENVER – Utah Valley freshman outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti and California Baptist junior outside hitter Nicole Abreu have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2. It is the first-ever honor for both.
Tarawhiti, a native of Lehi, Utah, helped the Wolverines go 3-1 on the week while averaging 4.79 kills per set and recording double-digit kills in each of UVU's four matches on the week. Named to the Oregon Classic All-Tournament Team, her best match came on Saturday against Long Beach State, throwing down 22 kills with just five errors for a .370 hitting percentage and 5.9 points per set. She also added three service aces to go with 16 kills in a sweep over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 19 kills with 10 digs in a home win over Idaho State.
Abreu, a Lima, Peru native, anchored the Lancer defense as CBU improved to 6-1 on the season after going 2-1 at the Fresno State Invitational. She showed her consistency with a career-high 20 digs against American, 17 against Saint Mary's and 16 against San Francisco to average 4.08 per set. She also added 1.00 assists per set for the Lancers. She ranks fifth in the WAC in digs per set at 4.25 through 25 frames.
Other offensive nominees included: California Baptist's Tesa Oaks was named all-tournament at the Fresno State Invitational, averaging 3.85 kills per set as the Lancers improved to 6-1 on the season ... CSU Bakersfield's Briannah Mariner had 29 kills to go with 10 blocks as the 'Runners went 1-2 at the UC Irvine Tournament ... Grand Canyon's Kaira Moss led the Lopes with a .361 hitting percentage to earn selection to the GCU Invitational All-Tournament Team ... Kansas City's Melanie Brecka earned all-tournament honors after averaging 2.31 kills per set and 1.54 digs per set in Omaha ... NM State's Savannah Davison notched 43 kills as the Aggies went 2-1 at the Lobo Classic to earn all-tournament honors .... Seattle U's Shea Harris was named to the all-tournament team at the Comfort Suites Jackrabbit Invitational, averaging 8.08 assists per set in four matches last week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Barbara Silva earned all-tournament honors at the Utah State Tournament after averaging 4.00 kills per set as the Vaqueros went 1-2 on the weekend.
Other defensive nominees included: CSU Bakersfield's Krista Hernandez led the WAC with 6.18 digs per set, including a career-high 33 against UC Irvine ... Chicago State's Summer Farris helped the Cougars earn a split last week, averaging 1.33 blocks per set for CSU ... Grand Canyon's Anabelle Kubinski was named to the GCU Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 0.82 blocks per set to help the Lopes go 2-1 at home ... Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes led the conference in blocks, averaging 1.54 on the week as the Roos went 2-1 in Omaha ... NM State's Tatyana Battle received all-tournament honors after averaging 3.91 digs per set to go with 3.45 kills per set at the Lobo Classic ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Alexandra Ecker averaged 0.79 blocks per set as the Vaqeuros went 2-2 on the week ... Utah Valley's Jasmine Niutupuivaha had 14 total blocks, including a pair of solo blocks, as the Wolverines went 3-1 on the week.