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NM STATE'S HART, UTRGV'S CARABALLO NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
NM State redshirt senior middle blocker Megan Hart and UT Rio Grande Valley junior libero Samaret Caraballo have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 7-13. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career for Hart and the first-ever honor for Caraballo.
Hart, a Kelowna, B.C., Canada native, averaged 4.5 points and 3.91 kills on a WAC-best .500 hitting to lead the Aggies to a 3-0 mark to remain undefeated in conference play. She tallied 43 kills with only six errors on 74 attempts over the three matches. Hart posted a career-best 19 kills and a .643 hitting percentage when NM State swept Grand Canyon. At California Baptist, she posted 15 kills and a .560 hitting percentage. Hart leads the WAC with a .440 hitting percentage on the season.
Caraballo, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, averaged a WAC-best 5.88 digs per set last week. In a four-set match against Grand Canyon last Thursday, she posted a match-high 22 digs. Caraballo followed it up with a career-high-tying 25 digs in a win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday. She currently ranks second in the WAC in digs per set (4.51).
Other offensive nominees included: Sydney Marks of California Baptist averaged 2.67 kills and 2.9 points per set last week ... CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau averaged 3.38 kills on .386 hitting on the week ... Yeni Murillo of Grand Canyon averaged 3.14 kills and 3.6 points on the week ... Kansas City's Alicia Harrington averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 kills on .228 hitting on the week ... Kailee Kurokawa of Seattle U averaged 10.00 assists per set last week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Sarah Cruz averaged 4.6 points, 4.00 kills and 0.50 service aces per set last week ... Makaila Jarema of Utah Valley averaged 1.60 kills on .406 hitting and 2.2 points per set.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 3.56 digs per set ... Leisa Elisaia of CSU Bakersfield averaged 2.75 digs and 0.50 blocks per set ... Grand Canyon's Melody Horton averaged 2.33 digs and 0.50 blocks per set last week ... Mykal Sadler of Kansas City averaged 1.50 blocks per set ... NM State's Julianna Salanoa averaged 2.00 blocks and 0.82 digs per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 3.89 digs per set ... Utah alley's Makaila Jarema averaged 1.20 blocks per set.
WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.265), opponent hitting percentage (.095), kills (13.16) and blocks (3.08), while Kansas City is tops in assists (12.28), California Baptist leads the league in service aces (1.52) and Chicago State is tops in digs (15.81).
Individually, Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (3.81) and points (4.33), while NM State's Megan Hart is tops in hitting percentage (.440) and teammate Julianna Salanoa leads the league in blocks (1.47). Kansas City's Alli Schomers leads the league in assists (9.66), while California Baptist's Paige Johnson is tops in service aces (0.39) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter leads the WAC in digs (5.23).
In WAC matches only, NM State leads the league in hitting percentage (.267), opponent hitting percentage (.086), assists (12.86), kills (13.81) and blocks (3.43), while Kansas City is tops in service aces (1.43) and Chicago State leads the league in digs (15.94).
Individually in WAC matches, Kansas City's Alicia Harrington leads the WAC in kills (4.00) and points per set (4.54), while NM State's Salanoa is tops in hitting percentage (.447) and blocks (1.81). Kansas City's Schomers leads the WAC in assists (11.09), while teammate Alex Ratzlaff is tops in service aces (0.56) and Chicago State's Klavitter leads the WAC in digs (5.83).
NM STATE'S SALANOA POSTS SEASON-HIGH 11 BLOCKS
NM State junior middle blocker Julianna Salanoa posted a WAC season-high 11 blocks at California Baptist on Oct. 7. The total also ranks second all-time in the Aggie record books for a four-set match.
UTRGV MOVES INTO TOP 10 FOR ATTENDANCE
With six home matches remaining, UT Rio Grande Valley is already in the midst of one of the best attended seasons in program history. The Vaqueros have a total attendance of 5,038 this year, which ranks eighth all-time in program history. If UTRGV continues its average of 840 fans per match, it will break the all-time record of 9,786 set a year ago.
SEATTLE U'S MILOJEVIC APPROACHING PROGRAM DIGS RECORD
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 1,309 career digs, she is 28 digs shy of becoming the program's all-time digs leader in its Division I history.
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 against Seattle U on Oct. 5. Redshirt senior Ally Barber led the way with a career-high eight blocks, joining three other 'Runners in Bakersfield's Division I history to have ever recorded eight or more blocks in a single match.
CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE IN CAREER DIGS
Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter has 1,898 career digs, 44 shy of second place all-time in the WAC record books. She is 362 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 1,130.
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 1,167 kills on her career.
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.
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 (305), third in total blocks (328), fourth in hitting percentage (.251) and seventh in kills (1,130).
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.
KANSAS CITY'S SCHOMERS MOVES UP CAREER ASSISTS LIST
Kansas City setter Alli Schomers currently ranks fifth in program history in career assists with 2,016. She is 322 shy of fourth place.
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