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CBU'S GRAF, GRAND CANYON'S DEFALCO NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
California Baptist freshman outside hitter Christine Graf and Grand Canyon junior libero Teagan DeFalco have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 16-22. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Graf and the first of the season and second of her career for DeFalco.
Graf, an Edina, Minn. native, averaged 3.75 kills on .343 hitting en route to all-tournament team honors last week at the Nevada Invitational, as CBU went 2-1 with a four-set win over Gonzaga, a sweep of Southern Utah and a five-set loss to Nevada. Graf had 11 or more kills in every match and hit .458 or above twice. She had a career-high 22 kills on .541 hitting in just three sets against Southern Utah. It tied CBU's NCAA-era record for kills in a three-set match and most kills in a match by a true freshman.
DeFalco, a Long Beach, Calif. native, earned her second-straight all-tournament libero honor after averaging a WAC-best 5.58 digs per set over three matches at the Grand Canyon Classic. DeFalco opened the week with 28 digs in a three-set match against CSUN for a 9.33 digs per set average. She followed it up with 20 digs in a win over Idaho and 19 digs in a come-from-behind victory over Omaha. DeFalco, who entered the week averaging 4.25 dig per set, now ranks third in the WAC with 4.58 digs per set.
Other offensive nominees included: CSU Bakersfield's Emily Hansen averaged 2.42 kills per set ... Annabelle Kubinski of Grand Canyon averaged 2.20 kills on .280 hitting ... Kansas City's Ty Lukes averaged 2.73 kills on .442 hitting last week ... Savannah Davison of NM State averaged 3.45 kills per set ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Barbara Silva averaged 4.0 kills on .277 hitting last week ... Jasmine Niutupuivaha of Utah Valley averaged 2.57 kills on .394 hitting.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 5.50 digs per set ... Brooke Boiseau of CSU Bakersfield averaged 1.17 blocks per set ... Kansas City's Mykal Sadler averaged 0.73 blocks per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 3.47 digs per set on the week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Samaret Caraballo averaged 5.40 digs per set last week.
WAC HAS 13 PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN FINAL WEEKEND
The WAC had 13 of its players named to all-tournament teams last weekend, led by Kansas City with three selections at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Mykal Sadler, Ty Lukes and Alex Ratzlaff. California Baptist's Nicole Abreu and Christine Graf earned Nevada Invitational All-Tournament Team honors, while Chicago State's Megan Klavitter and Josi Borum were named to the all-tournament team at the Maverick Invitational. Teagan DeFalco and Kaira Moss of Grand Canyon were named to the Grand Canyon Classic All-Tournament Team, with DeFalco being named tournament libero, while Sarah Cruz and Barbara Silva were named to the UTRGV All-Tournament Team. Meanwhile, CSU Bakersfield's Emily Hansen earned honors at the Roadrunner Classic, Savannah Davison of NM State was named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament Team, Seattle U's Tijana Milojevic earned honors at the UC Riverside Classic.
WAC PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEK
After four weeks of non-conference play, WAC play kicks off this Thursday. In the preseason coaches' poll, things were tight at the top, with eight points separating the top three teams of NM State, Utah Valley and Kansas City. The Aggies currently sit in second place in the WAC standings, while Kansas City is in seventh place and Utah Valley is in ninth.
WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.265), opponent hitting percentage (.100) and blocks (2.9), while Kansas City is tops in assists (12.00) and kills (12.97) and Grand Canyon leads the league in service aces (1.58) and digs (15.77).
Individually, Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (3.95) and points per set (4.46), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.441). Grand Canyon's Klaire Mitchell leads the WAC in assists (9.156), while teammate Kayla Matthews is tops in service aces (0.50). Seattle U's Julia Queiroz leads the WAC in blocks (1.37) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter is tops in digs (5.04).
CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER MOVES INTO FIFTH PLACE IN CAREER DIGS
Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter has 1,793 career digs, good for fifth place all-time in the WAC record books. She is 467 digs shy of the all-time record.
UTRGV'S SILVA JOINS 1,000-KILL CLUB
UT Rio Grande Valley senior Barbara Silva became the 10th member of the school's 1,000-kill club on Sept. 17 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She now has 1,048
CBU'S ABREU POSTS TWO TOP-10 PERFORMANCES
California Baptist libero Nicole Abreu had a season-high 28 digs against Nevada on Sept. 21, tied for the third most in an NCAA-era match for the Lancers. Her 24 digs in three sets against Southern Utah on Sept. 20 tied for the 10th most in an NCAA-era match for CBU, and was one off the three-set record of 25.
CHICAGO STATE'S BORUM POSTS PAIR OF TRIPLE-DOUBLES
Chicago State freshman setter Josi Borum has posted a pair of triple-doubles this season. She had 25 digs, 20 assists and 13 kills on Sept. 7 against Western Carolina. Borum also had 20 assists, 14 digs and 12 kills at UIC on Sept. 17.
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. With 1,213 career digs, she ranks second on the Seattle U career dig chart.
KANSAS CITY'S SCHOMERS MOVES UP CAREER ASSISTS LIST
Kansas City setter Alli Schomers currently ranks seventh in program history in career assists with 1,761. She is 59 shy of sixth place.
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 (297), fourth in total blocks (319), fifth in hitting percentage (.249) and 10th in kills (1,048).
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