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This Week in WAC Volleyball - Oct. 7

This Week in WAC Volleyball - Oct. 7

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UTAH VALLEY'S TARAWHITI, NM STATE'S SALANOA NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Utah Valley sophomore outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti 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. 30-Oct. 6. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the third of her career for Tarawhiti and the second of the season and third of her career for Salanoa.

Tarawhiti, a Lehi, Utah native, averaged 5.36 points, 4.71 kills and 0.43 service aces as the Wolverines went 2-0 on the road last week. She had 14 kills on .367 hitting to go along with three service aces in a sweep of CSU Bakersfield and added a match-high 19 kills in a four-set win at Grand Canyon. Tarawhiti also added 21 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Tarawhiti leads the WAC in both kills and points per set on the season. 

Salanoa, an Olympia, Wash. native, averaged a WAC-best 2.33 blocks per set last week. In NM State's lone match of the week, she tallied seven blocks in a sweep of defending champion UT Rio Grande Valley. Salanoa leads the WAC this season with 1.60 blocks per set.

Other offensive nominees included: Megan Sester of California Baptist averaged 3.89 kills on .306 hitting in a pair of matches last week ... CSU Bakersfield's Milica Vukobrat averaged 3.50 kills on .295 hitting and 0.38 service aces per set as the Roadrunners went 1-1 on the week ... Yeni Murillo of Grand Canyon averaged 3.45 kills as the Lopes went 2-1 on the week ... Kansas City's Alli Schomers averaged 11.14 assists, 0.57 kills and 0.29 service aces per set on the week ... Savannah Davison of NM State averaged 4.0 kills on .370 hitting, 0.67 service aces and 5.3 points per set last week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Barbara Silva averaged 4.2 points and 4.00 kills on .403 hitting last week.

Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 3.67 digs per set ... Ally Barber of CSU Bakersfield averaged 1.13 blocks and 0.25 digs per set ... Grand Canyon's Teagan DeFalco averaged 4.18 digs per set last week ... Ty Lukes of Kansas City averaged 1.57 blocks per set ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Debora Nazario averaged 3.13 digs and 0.75 blocks per set ... Seren Merrill of Utah Valley averaged 5.29 digs per set.

WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.262), opponent hitting percentage (.097) and blocks (2.96), while Kansas City is tops in assists (12.27) and kills (13.14). California Baptist leads the league in service aces (1.52), while Grand Canyon is tops in digs (16.08).

Individually, Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (3.93) and points (4.46), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.421) and teammate Julianna Salanoa leads the league in blocks (1.35). Kansas City's Alli Schomers leads the league in assists (9.51), while California Baptist's Paige Johnson is tops in service aces (0.40) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter leads the WAC in digs (5.26).

In WAC matches only, NM State leads the league in hitting percentage (.250), opponent hitting percentage (.087) and blocks (3.20), while  Grand Canyon is tops in kills (13.93) and digs (17.14). Kansas City leads the league in assists (13.08) and CSU Bakersfield is tops in service aces (1.53).

Individually in WAC matches, Utah Valley's Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (3.88) and points per set (4.47), while NM State's Salanoa is tops in hitting percentage (.395) and blocks (1.60). Kansas City's Schomers leads the WAC in assists (11.62), while California Baptist's Yagoda Jedrzejczak is tops in service aces (0.58) and Chicago State's Klavitter leads the WAC in digs (6.14).

CBU'S SESTER POSTS SECOND-HIGHEST SINGLE-MATCH KILLS
California Baptist's Megan Sester posted 25 kills in a four-set win at Chicago State on Sept. 30. Her 25 kills tied for the second-most in an NCAA-era match for the Lancers. She also did it on a .469 hitting percentage (25-2-49).

CSUB SETS PROGRAM BLOCKS RECORD
CSUB set its Division I record with 17.0 total blocks in a match against Seattle U on Oct. 5. Redshirt senior Ally Barber led the way with a career-high eight blocks. The native of Snohomish, Wash. joined elite company for CSUB as only three other 'Runners in Bakersfield's Division I history have ever recorded more blocks in a single match than Barber's eight.

CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE IN CAREER DIGS
Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter has 1,879 career digs, 63 shy of second place all-time in the WAC record books. She is 381 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 1,118.

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 1,108.

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. She now has 1,125 kills on her career.

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 (301), tied for third in total blocks (323), fourth in hitting percentage (.254) and seventh in kills (1,108).

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 1,274 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 sixth in program history in career assists with 1,912. She is 47 shy of fifth place.