KANSAS CITY'S BRECKA, CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kansas City freshman rightside hitter Melanie Brecka and Chicago State junior defensive specialist Megan Klavitter have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 17-23. This is the first-ever honor for Brecka and the second honor of the season and of her career for Klavitter.
Brecka, a Lincoln, Neb. native, led the Roos to a 2-0 record after averaging 4.67 points, 4.00 kills on a WAC-best .449 hitting and 0.33 service aces per set last week in a pair of road victories to open WAC play. In a four-set win at Grand Canyon, she tallied 18 kills on 34 attempts with just two errors for a .471 hitting percentage. She also added one ace, five blocks and four digs. In the come-from-behind victory at Utah Valley, Brecka had 18 kills, including 14 in the final three sets, to go along with two aces. It was UMKC's first 2-0 WAC road weekend since Oct. 16 and 18, 2014 at NM State and UTRGV.
Klavitter, a Fenton, Mich. native, averaged a WAC-best 6.62 digs per set as Chicago State earned a split on the road to open conference play. She recorded 24 digs in the Cougars' 3-2 win at Utah Valley last Thursday for their first-ever victory over the Wolverines. On Saturday, she posted 29 digs and four assists in a three-set loss at Seattle U for a 9.67 digs per set average. She leads the WAC in total digs (378) on the year while also ranking in the Top 10 among the NCAA Division I leaders in digs per set.
Other offensive nominees included: Tesa Oaks of California Baptist averaged 4.67 kills on .278 hitting and 5.22 points per set as the Lancers went 1-1 on the week ... CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau averaged 3.11 kills per set on .415 hitting and 3.89 points per set as the 'Runners went 2-0 to open WAC play ... Lauryn Dela Cruz of Chicago State averaged 3.38 kills and 3.75 points per set as the Cougars went 1-1 on the week ... Grand Canyon's Annabelle Kubinski averaged 2.75 kills on .381 hitting last week ... Tatyana Battle of NM State averaged 3.40 kills on .266 hitting over two matches last week ... Seattle U's Sofia Sanchez averaged 3.50 kills on .278 hitting and 3.92 points per set as the Redhawks went 1-1 on the week ... Ragni Steen Knudsen of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.75 kills and 4.00 points per set last week ... Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti averaged 4.40 kills on .255 hitting and 4.75 points per set last week.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Sydney Marks averaged 1.22 blocks per set ... Krista Hernandez of CSU Bakersfield averaged 5.33 digs per set ... Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes averaged 1.56 blocks per set ... Gysell Zayas of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 4.38 digs and 1.13 assists per set ... Utah Valley's Makaila Jarema averaged 1.40 blocks per set.
WAC STAT LEADERS
California Baptist leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.234), assists (12.54), kills (13.69) and service aces (1.63), while UT Rio Grande Valley is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.175) and digs (16.69) and Utah Valley leads the WAC in blocks (2.33).
Individually, Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.424) while Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti is the leader in kills (4.10) and points (4.57). California Baptist's Natalie Zimmerer is tops in assists (10.62) and Grand Canyon's KJ Adams is the leader in service aces (0.48). CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau is the blocks leader (1.15) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter is the best when it comes to digs (5.91).
In WAC matches only, Settle U leads the league in hitting percentage (.258), opponent hitting percentage (.092), assists (15.33), kills (16.33), blocks (3.0) and (21.33). UTRGV is tops in service aces (1.75).
Individually in WAC play, Kansas City's Melanie Brecka leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.449) while California Baptist's Tesa Oaks is the leader in kills (4.67) and points (5.22). Seattle U's Shae Harris is tops in assists (11.33), while teammates Maja Stojanovic and Tijana Milojevic lead the WAC in blocks (2.33) and digs (8.67), respectively. CSU Bakersfield's Desiree Sukhov is the leader in service aces (0.89).
CSUB'S SUKHOV TIES PROGRAM SERVICE ACE RECORD
CSU Bakersfield sophomore outside hitter Desiree Sukhov finished with five service aces against UT Rio Grande Valley on Sept. 20 to tie the program four-set match record.
UTRGV'S VUKOJA RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME IN TOTAL ASSISTS
UT Rio Grande Valley senior setter Dubravka Vukoja ranks second all-time in the UTRGV record books with 2,553 total assists. She trails only UTRGV Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Chelsea Blakely, who finished her career with 3,905 assists.
CSUB'S BOISEAU RANKS IN TOP FIVE IN SINGLE-MATCH RECORDS
CSU Bakersfield redshirt freshman Brooke Boiseau recorded season highs with 17 kills and eight blocks against NM State on Sept. 22. Her blocks total and .483 hitting percentage both tied for second-best by an individual in CSUB's five-set match history. CSUB also out-blocked NM State 15-9, tying the second-most blocks in a five-set match in Bakersfield's Division I history.
WAC POSTS 71-47 NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
As a conference, the WAC has posted a 71-47 (.602) non-conference mark. Eight of the nine WAC schools have non-conference records of .500 or better. In the previous four years, the league posted non-conference records of 49-64 (434), 51-64 (.443), 47-65 (.420) and 58-64 (.475).
UTRGV'S KNUDSEN JOINS 1,000-KILL CLUB
In the second set of her team's match against Texas Tech on Sept. 14, UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen recorded her 1,000th career kill to become the ninth UTRGV player to do so. Knudsen now ranks eighth with 1,059 career kills and is one of two active players in the WAC with more than 1,000 kills.
CSU'S KLAVITTER APPROACHING PROGRAM CAREER DIGS RECORD
Chicago State's Megan Klavitter has posted 25 or more digs in five of the last seven matches, including a career-high 38 digs against Brown on Sept. 14. She leads the WAC in digs per set (5.91) and total digs (378). With 1,216 career digs, Klavitter needs 99 to reach Chicago State's Division I record.
TWO WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen currently ranks 21st among NCAA active career leaders in kills per set with a 3.58 average. Meanwhile, NM State's Tatyana Battle ranks 29th in total kills with 1,152.