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NM STATE'S DAVISON, CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
NM State sophomore outside hitter Savannah Davison and Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 9-15. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Davison and the first of the season and third of her career for Klavitter.
Davison, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada native, averaged 4.10 points and 3.70 kills on .333 hitting with only three errors on the week. She posted 11 kills against both Grambling State and Portland while also hitting .476 against the Tigers. Against Lamar, Davison finished with 15 kills with a .361 hitting clip. She also posted a pair of double-doubles on the week.
Klavitter, a Fenton, Mich. native, was named to the Valley Forge Sports Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 7.08 digs per set. She opened the week with 23 digs in a four-set match against St. Francis Brooklyn. Klavitter then posted a career-high in a four-set match when she finished with 35 digs vs. Duquesne. She closed out the weekend with 34 digs in a five-setter at host Penn. Klavitter, who entered the week averaging 3.96 dig per set, now leads the WAC on the season with 4.95 digs per set.
Other offensive nominees included: Natalie Zimmerer of California Baptist averaged 9.70 assists and 1.20 kills on .409 hitting ... CSU Bakersfield's Hayley McCluskey averaged 3.73 kills on .292 hitting and 4.0 points per set ... Melody Horton of Grand Canyon averaged 2.90 kills on .298 hitting ... Kansas City's Alicia Harrington averaged 3.64 kills, 0.18 service aces and 4.1 points per set ... Eve Kerschenbaum of Seattle U averaged 2.92 kills and 0.31 service aces per set ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Barbara Silva averaged 3.36 kills and 3.7 points per set last week ... Jasmine Niutupuivaha of Utah Valley averaged 1.60 kills and 0.30 service aces per set.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 5.10 digs per set ... Brooke Boiseau of CSU Bakersfield averaged 1.08 blocks and 0.50 digs per set ... Grand Canyon's Teagan DeFalco averaged 4.70 digs per set ... Alex Ratzlaff of Kansas City averaged 3.64 digs per set ... Juliana Salanoa of NM State averaged 1.70 blocks per set ... Seattle U's Kailee Kurokawa averaged 1.29 digs per set on the week ... Samaret Caraballo of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 4.45 digs per set last week ... Utah Valley's Seren Merrill averaged 4.00 digs per set.
WAC HAS 13 PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS LAST WEEKEND
The WAC had 13 of its players named to all-tournament teams last weekend, led by Grand Canyon's Melody Horton, who was MVP of the GCU Invitational, while teammates Teagan DeFalco and Klaire Mitchell were also named to the all-tournament team. California Baptist's Sydney Marks and Natalie Zimmerer earned SLU Lion Up Classic honors, while Cat Kelly and Julianna Salanoa were named to the NM State Invitational All-Tournament Team. Hayley McCluskey of CSU Bakersfield earned Farmers State Bank Invitational honors, while Chicago State's Megan Klavitter was named to the all-tournament team at the Valley Forge Sports Invitational. Kansas City's Alicia Harrington was named to the Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team, while Kailee Kurokawa of Seattle U earned Redhawk Invitational honors. Rounding out the group were UT Rio Grande Valley's Samaret Caraballo, who was named to the Texas A&M Invitational All-Tournament Team and Kazna Tarawhiti of Utah Valley, who earned Hawaii Volleyball Challenge honors.
WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.274), opponent hitting percentage (.061), assists (11.83), kills (13.00) and blocks (3.3). Seattle U is tops in service aces (1.59) and Grand Canyon leads the league in digs (15.28).
Individually, Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (4.06) and points per set (4.51), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.469) and teammate Julianna Salanoa leads the WAC in blocks (1.50). UT Rio Grande Valley's Debora Nazario leads the WAC in assists (9.43), while Chicago State's Megan Klavitter is tops in digs (4.95). California Baptist's Paige Johnson and Grand Canyon's Kayla Matthews are tied for the lead in service aces (0.50).
KANSAS CITY'S ALICIA HARRINGTON SURPASSES 1,000 KILLS
Kansas City senior outside hitter Alicia Harrington surpassed 1,000 career kills in loss to Northern Iowa on Sept. 13. The only active player in the WAC to reach the 1,000-kill plateau, she now has 1,038 kills on her career.
GCU OFF TO BEST START AS A DIVISION I PROGRAM
At 8-1, Grand Canyon is off to its best start in the Division I era. The Lopes earned a Division I-best 21 wins in 2014.
CHICAGO STATE'S BORUM POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Chicago State freshman setter Josi Borum posted a triple-double on Sept. 7 against Western Carolina. She finished the match with 25 digs, 20 assists and 13 kills.
UTRGV BEATS FIRST BIG 10 OPPONENT
UTRGV beat 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 currently ranks seventh in program history in career assists with 1,629. She is 191 shy of sixth place.
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 1,147 career digs.
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 (293), fourth in total blocks (314) add fifth in hitting percentage (.246).
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