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This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 30

This Week in WAC Volleyball - Sept. 30

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KANSAS CITY'S LUKES, GRAND CANYON'S MITCHELL NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kansas City senior middle hitter Ty Lukes and Grand Canyon freshman setter Klaire Mitchell have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 23-29. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the third of her career for Lukes and the first-ever honor for Mitchell.

Lukes, a Miami, Fla. native, averaged 3.9 points and 3.5 kills per set on .500 hitting in a pair of sweeps last week to open WAC play. She had 10 kills on 13 attacks for a .615 hitting percentage against CSU Bakersfield and added 11 kills with just two errors against CBU. Lukes ranks second in WAC in hitting percentage (.387) on the season. 

Mitchell, a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho native, averaged a WAC-best 6.0 digs per set last week in a road sweep at Chicago State. The setter had a career-high 18 digs. She also dished 27 assists for her seventh double-double of the season.

Other offensive nominees included: Megan Sester of California Baptist averaged 2.67 kills and 2.8 points per set ... CSU Bakersfield's Hayley McCluskey averaged 4.0 kills on .297 hitting as the Roadrunner went 1-1 on the week ... Sarah Hagge of Grand Canyon averaged 2.33 kills on .304 hitting ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Barbara Silva averaged 3.50 kills on .350 hitting last week ... Megan Childs of Utah Valley averaged 1.56 kills on .216 hitting.

Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Yagoda Jedrzejczak averaged 1.25 blocks and 0.50 digs per set ... Mykal Sadler of Kansas City averaged 1.17 blocks and 0.83 digs per set ... NM State's Analyssa Acosta averaged 5.14 digs per set ... Samaret Caraballo of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.75 digs per set last week ... Utah Valley's Jasmine Niutupuivaha averaged 1.22 blocks and 0.56 digs per set.

WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.259), opponent hitting percentage (.095) and blocks (2.88), while Kansas City is tops in assists (12.18) and kills (13.07) and Grand Canyon leads the league in service aces (1.57) and digs (16.04).

Individually, Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (3.81) and points per set (4.33), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.417). Kansas City's Alli Schomers leads the WAC in assists (9.25), while Grand Canyon's 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 (5.11).

In WAC matches only, Kansas City leads the league in hitting percentage (.283), assists (13.33) and kills (13.67), while Grand Canyon is tops in blocks (3.0) and digs (20.33). Meanwhile, NM State leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.068), while CSU Bakersfield is tops in service aces (1.86).

Individually in WAC matches, NM State's Julianna Salanoa leads the league in hitting percentage (524), while CSU Bakersfield's Hayley McCluskey is tops in kills (4.00). Schomers leads the league in assists (12.17), while teammate Alicia Harrington is tops in points per set (4.58). Seattle U's Rachel Starks leads the league in service aces (0.67), while CBU's Yagoda Jedrzejczak is tops in blocks (1.67) and Grand Canyon's Klaire Mitchell leads the WAC in digs (6.00).

CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER MOVES INTO FIFTH PLACE IN CAREER DIGS
Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter has 1,833 career digs, 13 shy of fourth place all-time in the WAC record books. She is 427 digs away from the all-time record.

GCU'S DEFALCO NOTCHES 1,000TH CAREER DIG
Grand Canyon junior libero Teagan DeFalco notched her 1,000th career dig in the team's match against CSUN on Sept. 21. The fourth active player in the WAC with 1,000 or more digs, she now has 1,072.

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 1,076.