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SEATTLE U'S KERSCHENBAUM, UTAH VALLEY'S JAREMA NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Seattle U sophomore outside hitter Eve Kerschenbaum and Utah Valley senior middle blocker Makaila Jarema have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Aug. 25-31. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Kerschenbaum and the first of the season and third of her career for Jarema.
Kerschenbaum, a Wellington, Fla. native, helped Seattle U go 2-1 to open the season averaging WAC-bests of 4.91 kills and 5.59 points per set. She also added 0.45 service aces per set. Kerschenbaum began the season hitting .370 with a 24-kill, 16-dig, two-ace effort in a 3-1 win over Southern Miss. In a victory over San Francisco, she posted 21 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. Kerschenbaum's 24 kills tied the program's 10th-best single match total.
Jarema, a Highland, Utah native, posted a WAC-high 1.80 blocks per set against No. 16 Marquette, No. 9 Brigham Young and Boise State at the BYU Invitational last week. Against the host Cougars, she finished with eight blocks in three sets. Jarema followed it up with seven blocks against Boise State.
Other offensive nominees included: Sydney Marks of California Baptist averaged 2.92 kills on .342 hitting ... Grand Canyon's Yeni Murillo averaged 3.36 kills and 3.6 points per set as the Lopes went 3-0 last week ... Ty Lukes of Kansas City finished with 15 kills on .417 hitting in a five-set loss to Kansas ... NM State's Megan Hart was named tournament MVP after averaging 2.78 kills on .500 hitting and 3.4 points per set as the Aggies went 3-0 on the weekend ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Sarah Cruz averaged 4.30 kills, 0.20 service aces and 4.8 points per set last week ... Kazna Tarawhiti of Utah Valley was named to the Aggie Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.36 kills per set.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 3.25 digs per set ... Teagan DeFalco of Grand Canyon averaged 3.57 digs per set ... Kansas City's Maddie Renn averaged 4.20 digs per set ... Julianna Salanoa of NM State averaged 1.33 blocks per set ... Seattle U's Tijana Milojevic averaged 3.00 digs per set on the week ... Samaret Caraballo of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.90 digs per set last week.
WAC HAS 11 PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN OPENING WEEKEND
The WAC had 11 of its players named to all-tournament teams last weekend, led by Grand Canyon and NM State with three honorees apiece. The Lopes' Yeny Murillo was named MVP of the Northern Colorado Classic and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Klaire Mitchell and Teagan DeFalco. The Aggies' Megan Hart was named MVP of the War Eagle Invitational and was joined by teammates Julianna Salanoa and Natalie Mikels on the all-tournament team. CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau earned Hornet Invitational all-tournament honors, while Beatriz Palmieri of Chicago State was named to the all-tournament team at the Ram Classic. UT Rio Grande Valley's Debora Nazario and Veronika Jandova were named to the Barcelona Sports Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Kazna Tarawhiti of Utah Valley earned all-tournament honors at the BYU Invitational.
WAC STAT LEADERS
After the first weekend of the 2019 season, UT Rio Grande Valley leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.263), assists (13.60), kills (14.20) and digs (17.00). Meanwhile, NM State is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.076) and service aces (2.33), and Utah Valley leads the league in blocks (3.10).
Individually, Seattle U's Eve Kerschenbaum leads the WAC in kills (4.91) and points per set (5.59), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.500). UT Rio Grande Valley's Debora Nazario leads the WAC in assists (11.10), while CSU Bakersfield's Mepuhola Sekona is tops in service aces (0.88). Utah Valley's Makaila Jarema leads the WAC in blocks (1.50) and Kansas City's Maddie Renn is tops in digs (4.20).
SEATTLE U'S MILOJEVIC JOINS 1,000 DIG CLUB
Seattle U's Tijana Milojevic notched her 1,000th career dig in the season opener against Southern Miss on Aug. 30 to become only the fourth Redhawk since 2008 accomplish the feat. She now has 1,030.
UTRGV'S SILVA MOVING UP CAREER RECORD BOOKS
UT Rio Grande Valley senior Barbara Silva is climbing the program career record books. She ranks second in block assists (281), fifth in hitting percentage (.241) and sixth in total blocks (300).
This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 3
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