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SEATTLE U'S HARRIS, UTAH VALLEY'S JAREMA NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Seattle U senior setter Shae Harris and Utah Valley junior middle blocker Makaila Jarema have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Nov. 12-18. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Harris and the second honor of the season and of her career for Jarema.
Harris, a Vancouver, British Columbia native, quarterbacked Seattle U to a pair of monumental wins in the final weekend of the regular-season to propel the Redhawks into the WAC Tournament. She averaged a WAC-best 9.67 assists per set to go along with 1.00 kills on .400 hitting for the week. On Thursday against Grand Canyon, Harris was three kills shy of a triple double, finishing with 45 assists, 15 digs and seven kills on .429 hitting. She also added one service ace and a pair of blocks in the match as Seattle U scored the final six points in the final set to secure the five-set victory. In a must-win match on Senior Day on Saturday against CSU Bakersfield, Harris again rose to the occasion, finishing with 42 assists and 15 digs to go along with a pair of kills, one ace and three blocks. The back-to-back double-doubles give her 10 on the season.
Jarema, a Highland, Utah native, had a huge week at the net for the Wolverines in which she averaged an astonishing 3.00 blocks per set in a pair of Utah Valley victories. In a 3-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield last Thursday, she recorded a match-high nine blocks and added a career-high 14 kills. Jarema followed it up with a WAC single-match record 15 block assists in a 3-1 win over Grand Canyon on Saturday, breaking a mark that had stood for 19 seasons. She also added nine kills on .421 hitting in that match. With the big week, Jarema became the WAC's all-time single-season record holder in blocks in conference-only play with 121 on the year. Jarema not only leads the WAC but ranks second nationally with a 1.78 blocks per set average.
Other offensive nominees included: Megan Sester of California Baptist averaged 3.75 kills per set ... Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes averaged 2.78 kills on .422 hitting ... Tatyana Battle of NM State averaged 4.75 kills and 5.19 points per set ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen averaged 3.38 kills per set ... Kazna Tarawhiti of Utah Valley averaged 4.75 kills and 5.12 points per set.
Other defensive nominees included: Cassidy Dennison of California Baptist averaged 5.25 digs per set ... Chicago State's Megan Klavitter averaged 5.00 digs per set ... Tyrecia Lukes of Kansas City averaged 1.33 blocks per set ... NM State's Briana Ainsworth averaged 3.50 digs per set ... Alexandra Ecker of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 1.25 digs per set.
UTRGV WINS FIRST-EVER WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
With its wins last week over Chicago State and Kansas City, UT Rio Grande Valley earned its first-ever WAC regular-season title. The Vaqueros also broke the program NCAA Division I record for conference wins with 13. The previous record was 10, set by last year's squad. UTRGV is now on a season-best eight-match winning streak. UTRGV last won eighth-straight matches Oct. 4-Nov. 2, 2002
WAC STAT LEADERS
Kansas City leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.230), assists (12.62) and kills (13.45), while UT Rio Grande Valley is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.162) and digs (17.42). Seattle U leads the WAC in service aces (1.44) and Utah Valley is tops in blocks (2.68).
Individually, Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.417), while Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti is the leader in kills (4.15) and points (4.61) and teammate Makaila Jarema is tops in blocks (1.78). California Baptist's Natalie Zimmerer leads the WAC in assists (10.50), CSU Bakersfield's Desiree Sukhov is tops in service aces (0.40) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter leads the league in digs (5.65).
In WAC matches only, UTRGV led the league in opponent hitting percentage (.156), service aces (1.63) and digs (18.13), while Kansas City was tops in assists (12.83) and kills (13.75). NM State led the WAC in hitting percentage (.235) and Utah Valley was tops in blocks (2.99).
Individually in WAC play, Lukes led the league in hitting percentage (.399), while UTRGV's Ragni Steen Knudsen was the leader in kills (4.27) and points (4.79). Zimmerer led the WAC in assists (10.45), Sukhov was tops in service aces (0.44), Jarema led the league in blocks (1.92) and Klavitter was tops in digs (5.68).
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+. There is a $4.99 monthly subscription fee, 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 SETS WAC RECORD FOR DIGS IN A SEASON
In her team's season finale on Nov. 17, Chicago State's Megan Klavitter broke the all-time WAC record for digs in a season with 678. She surpassed the previous record of 676 set by San Jose State's Jessie Shull in 2006. In addition, Klavitter's career total of 1,516 digs ranks sixth all-time in WAC history, 744 shy of the record.
UVU'S JAREMA BREAKS WAC RECORD FOR BLOCKS IN A WAC MATCH
Utah Valley junior middle blocker Makaila Jarema broke the all-time WAC record for block assists in a WAC match when she tallied 15 block assists in a 3-1 win over Grand Canyon on Nov. 17. Previously, two players had posted 14 block assists in WAC matches – Hawai'i's Heather Bown in 1999 and BYU's Ann Mari-Lindqvist in 1995.
SEVERAL WAC PLAYERS RANK IN SINGLE SEASON TOP 10 IN WAC PLAY
Several WAC players etched their names into the WAC single-season Top 10 for WAC matches only in various categories. The players and statistical categories are listed below.
|Makaila Jarema||Utah Valley||Total Blocks||121||1st|
|Megan Klavitter||Chicago State||Digs Per Set||5.68||3rd|
|Makaila Jarema||Utah Valley||Blocks Per Set||1.92||5th|
|Megan Klavitter||Chicago State||Total Digs||318||6th|
|Seren Merrill||Utah Valley||Total Digs||316||7th|
|Krista Hernandez||CSUB||Total Digs||315||8th|
|Teagan DeFalco||Grand Canyon||Total Digs||313||9th|
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 (11.26) and 19th in kills per set (3.82). Meanwhile, UT Rio Grande Valley's Gysell Zayas ranks 20th in digs per set (4.82), NM State's Tatyana Battle is 37th in total kills (1,350), UTRGV's Alexandra Ecker is 37th in sets played (464) and teammate Ragni Steen Knudsen is 49th in total kills (1,294).
UTRGV SETS SEASON, MATCH ATTENDANCE RECORDS
UTRGV broke the season attendance records for total attendance (9,786) and average attendance (753) in 2018. The previous records were 8,861 and 738 set in 2017. In addition, the team welcomed a single-match record 2,176 fans on Sept. 14 vs. Texas Tech. Earlier in the week, the team had posted the fourth-highest attendance (1,382) for its match against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
CSUB PLAYERS CHASING SINGLE-SEASON BLOCKS RECORD
CSU Bakersfield has a pair of middle blockers in redshirt freshman Brooke Boiseau and senior Mattison DeGarmo chasing each other for the school's Division I single-season total blocks record of 109 set last year by Haylee Roberts. Boiseau is one shy of the record, while DeGarmo is five away. Boiseau recently surpassed Roberts' single-season record for block assists (101, Haylee Roberts, 2017). She now has 106 block assists this year.
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.
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 485 kills this season, which not only leads the WAC but ranks second all-time in the single-season record books at Utah Valley, nine shy of the all-time Wolverine record of 494 set by the program's career leader in kills, Kayli Doxey, set during the 2009 season.