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This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 10

This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 10

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UTRGV'S SILVA, NM STATE'S SALANOA NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
UT Rio Grande Valley senior rightside hitter Barbara Silva and NM State junior middle blocker Julianna Salanoa have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 2-8. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Silva and the first of the season and second of her career for Salanoa.

Silva, a Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil native, averaged 4.09 points and 3.81 kills on .376 hitting last week. She opened the week with a career-high 24 kills on a season-high .488 hitting in a rivalry win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Over the weekend, Silva earned UTSA Classic All-Tournament Team honors after leading UTRGV to its first-ever win over a Big 10 opponent. In a 3-2 win over Maryland, she posted a match-high 19 kills. Silva also tallied 11 kills in a loss to Houston.

Salanoa, an Olympia, Wash. native, was named to the Borderland Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 1.45 blocks per set and posting 16 total blocks. She recorded eight blocks in the team's sweep of Pacific while also posting six digs. In a five-set thriller with UTEP, Salanoa had five crucial blocks that helped the Aggies stay undefeated this season.

Other offensive nominees included: Cassidy Dennison of California Baptist averaged 3.18 kills and 3.45 points per set ... Grand Canyon's Sarah Hagge averaged 2.33 kills on .394 hitting ... Alli Schomers of Kansas City averaged 8.5 assists, 1.12 service aces and 0.75 kills per set ... NM State's Megan Hart was named tournament MVP after averaging 2.36 kills on .489 hitting and 3.2 points per set as the Aggies went 3-0 on the weekend ... Ezgi Ozkan of Seattle U averaged 11.82 assists and 0.27 service aces per set last week ... Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti averaged 3.93 kills and 4.3 points per set.

Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 4.00 digs per set ... Teagan DeFalco of Grand Canyon averaged 4.67 digs per set ... Kansas City's Mykal Sadler averaged 0.90 blocks per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 5.27 digs per set on the week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Draik Banks averaged 1.13 blocks per set last week ... Seren Merrill of Utah Valley averaged 4.73 digs per set.

WAC HAS 13 PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN SECOND WEEKEND
The WAC had 13 of its players named to all-tournament teams last weekend, led by NM State with three honorees – Megan Hart was MVP of the Borderland Invitational, while Cat Kelly and Julianna Salanoa were also named to the all-tournament team. CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau and Emily Hansen earned Fresno State Invitational honors, Chicago State's Lacee Adams and Autumn DeSantis were named to the all-tournament team at the Windy City Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Utah Valley's Jasmine Niutupuivaha and Kazna Tarawhiti were named to the Wolverine Invitational All-Tournament Team. Sarah Hagge of Grand Canyon was named to the Gonzaga Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Melanie Brecka earned KC Roos Klassic all-tournament honors. Seattle U's Ezgi Ozkan was named to the Holly Young Invitational All-Tournament Team and Barbara Silva of UT Rio Grande Valley was named to the UTSA Classic all-tournament team.

WAC STAT LEADERS
Kansas City leads the WAC in assists (11.94), kills (12.81) and service aces (1.88), while NM State is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.040) and blocks (3.35). Grand Canyon leads the league in hitting percentage (.253) and digs (15.23).

Individually, Seattle U's Eve Kerschenbaum leads the WAC in kills (4.80) and points per set (5.40), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.495). Seattle U's Ezgi Ozkan leads the WAC in assists (10.91), while teammate Tijana Milojevic is tops in digs (4.14). Kansas City's Alli Schomers is tops in service aces (0.69) and Utah Valley's Makaila Jarema leads the WAC in blocks (1.59).

NM STATE OFF TO BEST START SINCE 2006
NM State's 6-0 start is its best since the 2006 season when the team went 33-4. The '06 team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

CHICAGO STATE'S BORUM POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Chicago State's Josi Borum posted a triple-double on Sept. 7 against Western Carolina. The freshman finished the match with 25 digs, 20 assists and 13 kills.

GCU OFF TO BEST START AS A DIVISION I PROGRAM
At 5-1, Grand Canyon is off to its best start in the Division I era. The Lopes earned a Division I-best 21 wins in 2014.

UTRGV BEATS FIRST BIG 10 OPPONENT
UTRGV knocked off Maryland 3-2 on Sept. 6 for its first-ever victory over a Big 10 opponent. This is the second year in a row in which UTRGV has upset a Power 5 opponent after taking down No. 15 Baylor 3-2 in Waco last season.

CSU BAKERSFIELD SETS SEVERAL RECORDS AGAINST FRESNO STATE
In its win over Fresno State on Sept. 5, CSU Bakersfield posted 17.0 total blocks to set the school's Division I record for a single match. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Boiseau posted 10 blocks, the most by any `Runner in CSUB's Division I history in a four-set match and tied for the school record for any length match. In addition, sophomore Milica Vukobrat came up just short of a triple-double with nine kills, 11 digs, and eight blocks.

KANSAS CITY'S SCHOMERS MOVES UP CAREER ASSISTS LIST
Kansas City setter Alli Schomers moved into eighth place in program history in career assists. She now has 1,528 on her career. Schomers also had seven service aces against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 6.

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 1,088.

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 (290), tied for fourth in hitting percentage (.248) and sixth in total blocks (309).