UTAH VALLEY'S TARAWHITI, CSUB'S DEGARMO NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Utah Valley freshman outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti and CSU Bakersfield senior middle blocker Mattison DeGarmo have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Nov. 5-11. This is the second honor of the season and of her career for Tarawhiti and the first-ever honor for DeGarmo.
Tarawhiti, a Lehi, Utah native, led the Wolverines offensively last week with a 4.86 kills per set average, 5.43 points per set and a .225 hitting percentage. She opened the week with a match-high 21 kills on .218 hitting in a tightly contested four-set setback to second-place Kansas City last Thursday. Tarawhiti then led Utah Valley with a team-best 13 kills on .235 hitting in a sweep at Chicago State on Saturday. She also notched a pair of service aces on the week as the Wolverines secured a berth in the WAC Tournament with the win over the Cougars. Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (4.10) and points (4.57) per set. She currently has 447 kills this season, which not only leads the WAC but ranks third all-time in the single-season record books at Utah Valley. With a minimum of three matches remaining, at her current pace Tarawhiti would finish the season with 497 kills, which would break the current Wolverine record of 494 set by the program's all-time leader in kills, Kayli Doxey, during the 2009 season.
DeGarmo, a Castle Rock, Colo., native, led the Roadrunners to a 3-2 victory over Grand Canyon on Senior Day with her first collegiate double-double. She posted a program-record 10 blocks to go along with 12 kills against the Lopes. In the deciding fifth set, the middle blocker was directly involved with five-straight points to help the `Runners sprint away from the Lopes, 15-6. Her blocks total reset the school record for a single-match, moving DeGarmo past current Graduate Assistant Coach Molly O'Hagan, who had previously recorded nine blocks on four separate occasions.
Other offensive nominees included: Summer Avery of California Baptist averaged 3.33 kills per set ... CSU Bakersfield's Briannah Mariner finished with 14 kills on .290 hitting in a five-set win over Grand Canyon ... Lauryn Dela Cruz of Chicago State averaged 4.67 kills and 0.83 service aces per set ... Tyrecia Lukes of Kansas City averaged 2.43 kills on .432 hitting ... NM State's Julianna Salanoa averaged 2.38 kills on .621 hitting ... Barbara Silva of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.40 kills per set.
Other defensive nominees included: Nicole Abreu of California Baptist averaged 6.33 digs per set ... Chicago State's Megan Klavitter averaged 6.00 digs per set ... Brooke Jacobs of Kansas City averaged 1.57 blocks per set ... NM State's Tatyana Battle averaged 4.00 digs per set ... Gysell Zayas of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 5.80 digs per set ... Utah Valley's Seren Merrill averaged 7.00 digs per set.
WAC STAT LEADERS
Kansas City leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.233), assists (12.84) and kills (13.64), while UT Rio Grande Valley is tops in service aces (1.43) and digs (17.46). NM State leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.164) and Utah Valley is tops in blocks (2.59).
Individually, Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.417), while Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti is the leader in kills (4.10) and points (4.57) and teammate Makaila Jarema is tops in blocks (1.65). California Baptist's Natalie Zimmerer leads the WAC in assists (10.54), CSU Bakersfield's Desiree Sukhov is tops in service aces (0.42) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter leads the league in digs (5.69).
In WAC matches only, Kansas City leads the league in assists (13.31), kills (14.21) and blocks (2.87), while UTRGV is tops in service aces (1.67) and digs (18.31). NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.237) and opponent hitting percentage (.160).
Individually in WAC play, NM State's Megan Hart leads the league in hitting percentage (.410), while UTRGV's Ragni Steen Knudsen is the leader in kills (4.41) and points (4.89). Zimmerer leads the WAC in assists (10.45), Sukhov is tops in service aces (0.49), Jarema leads the league in blocks (1.76) and Klavitter is tops in digs (5.78).
WAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT TO BE SHOWN ON ESPN+
As part of an agreement between the WAC and ESPN, all five matches of the WAC Volleyball Tournament will be broadcast on ESPN+. For just $4.99 a month, subscribers to ESPN+ receive thousands of live events, and original shows and films, and an on-demand library, which is not available on ESPN's linear TV or digital networks. There is also a free seven-day trial available. For viewers outside the United States, the tournament can be seen on the WAC Digital Network (www.wacsports.com/watch).
CSU'S KLAVITTER RANKS FIFTH IN WAC FOR DIGS IN A SEASON
With 643 digs this season, Chicago State's Megan Klavitter ranks fifth in WAC history for digs in a season, 12 shy of fourth place. With two matches remaining, at her current pace she would finish the season with 685 digs, which would break the all-time WAC record of 676 set by San Jose State's Jessie Shull in 2006. Additionally, Klavitter's career total of 1,481 digs ranks sixth in WAC history.
KANSAS CITY'S 20 WINS RANKS SECOND ALL-TIME
Kansas City has posted 20 wins this season, tied with the 1999 team for the second-most victories in school history. The 1999 team posted a 20-14 record. In 2014, the Roos won a program-record 24 matches.
UTRGV SETS PROGRAM RECORD FOR CONFERENCE WINS
With its win over California Baptist on Nov. 8, UT Rio Grande Valley broke the program NCAA Division I record for conference wins with 11. The previous record was 10, set by last year's squad. UTRGV is now on a season-best six-match winning streak. UTRGV won seven-straight from Sept. 15 through Oct. 5 last season.
UVU'S TARAWHITI APPROACHING PROGRAM KILLS RECORD
Utah Valley freshman outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti became just the sixth player in Utah Valley's NCAA Division I history to surpass 400 kills in a season in UVU's five-set victory over NM State on Nov. 3. She currently has 447 kills this season, which not only leads the WAC but ranks third all-time in the single-season record books at Utah Valley. With a minimum of three matches remaining, at her current pace Tarawhiti would finish the season with 497 kills, which would break the current Wolverine record of 494 set by the program's all-time leader in kills, Kayli Doxey, during the 2009 season.
NM STATE'S SALANOA SETS HITTING PERCENTAGE MARK
NM State sophomore Julianna Salanoa tallied a career-high 13 kills in NM State's four-set victory at Grand Canyon on Nov. 8. Her kill on match point not only helped her reach the milestone, it allowed the sophomore to record a .722 hitting clip, which was a new program record for hitting percentage in a four-set match. The previous record was held by Amber Simpson, who posted a .720 mark in 2005.
CSUB'S DEGARMO BREAKS PROGRAM BLOCKING RECORD
CSU Bakersfield senior Mattison DeGarmo led the Roadrunners to a 3-2 victory over Grand Canyon on Nov. 10 with her first collegiate double-double. The native of Castle Rock, Colo. tallied 12 kills as well as 10 blocks against the Lopes. The 10 blocks broke CSUB's Division I record for a single match. The previous record was nine.
NM STATE WINS 20 MATCHES FOR 15TH TIME IN 17 SEASONS
With the win over California Baptist on Nov. 10, NM State hit the 20-win mark. It is the 15th time in the last 17 season that the Aggies have reached the milestone.
UTRGV POSTS WAC SEASON-HIGH 116 DIGS VS. CBU
In the five-set win over CBU on Nov. 8, UT Rio Grande Valley recorded a WAC season-high 116 digs. It was the fifth-highest single-match total in NCAA Division I program history and the most since 1995.
CBU'S ABREU SET RECORD FOR DIGS IN A MATCH
California Baptist libero Nicole Abreu had 33 digs in a five-set loss at UT Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 8, setting an NCAA-era record for digs in a match. It was also tied for the third-most digs in CBU's rally-scoring era. It was also the first time since 2008 a Lancer had at least 33 digs in a match. CBU had 103 digs in the match, which is not only a program-high in the NCAA era but the third most in the rally-scoring era. It is also the first time the Lancers had more than 100 digs in a match since 2012.
CSUB RANKS NINTH IN SERVICE ACES
CSU Bakersfield currently ranks ninth in program Division I history with 153 service aces this season. The 'Runners are 13 shy of eighth place.
FIVE WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Chicago State's Lauryn Dela Cruz currently ranks sixth among NCAA active career leaders in attacks per set (11.23) and 16th in kills per set (3.85). Meanwhile, UT Rio Grande Valley's Gysell Zayas ranks 18th in digs per set (4.85), NM State's Tatyana Battle is 39th in total kills (1,312), UTRGV's Alexandra Ecker is 39th in sets played (456) and teammate Ragni Steen Knudsen is 46th in total kills (1,267).