2019 WAC Volleyball Tournament Bracket
DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for the 2019 WAC Volleyball Tournament Nov. 21-23 at Lockhart Arena in Orem, Utah.
NM State is the top seed after winning its sixth WAC regular-season title since joining the league in 2005 and fourth in the last five years. The Aggies are led by Megan Hart, who ranks third in hitting percentage (.370) and fifth in blocks (1.05) in WAC play. Savannah Davison ranks second in the conference in WAC matches in points per set (4.27) and third in kills per set (3.64), while middle blocker Julianna Salanoa ranks second in the league in both hitting percentage (.429) and blocks per set (1.41).
Grand Canyon is making its first-ever tournament appearance and is the No. 2 seed after finishing 13-3 in WAC play. Sophomore Annabelle Kubinski led the league in WAC matches with a .436 hitting percentage, while setter Klaire Mitchell ranked second in assists per set (9.90).
The third seed goes to Kansas City. The Roos are led by Alicia Harrington, who leads the WAC in kills (4.07) and points per set 4.61) in league play, and setter Alli Schomers, who averaged a WAC-best 10.98 assists per set in WAC matches.
UT Rio Grande Valley is the No. 4 seed. The Vaqueros are led by Barbara Silva, who averaged 3.07 kills on .269 hitting in WAC play. Veronika Jandova and Talita Oliveira ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, with 1.08 and 1.05 blocks per set in WAC matches.
Host Utah Valley earned the fifth seed. The Wolverines are led by Kazna Tarawhiti, who ranked second in the WAC in kills per set (3.74) and third in points per set (4.21) in WAC play, while middle blocker Makaila Jarema led the league in blocks per set (1.54) in conference play.
Seattle U made the tournament as the sixth seed. The Redhawks were tied with CSU Bakersfield in the final standings but won the tiebreaker because they owned a 5-4 sets record against the Roadrunners. Seattle U is led by Eve Kerschenbaum, who ranks fifth in the WAC in both kills (3.37) and points (3.88).
The tournament begins on Thursday, Nov. 21, with the first match at 3:30 p.m. local time. All matches will be shown live on ESPN+. International viewers can watch matches on the WAC Digital Network at www.wacdigitalnetwork.com.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Match One: No. 3 Kansas City vs. No. 6 Seattle U, 3:30 p.m.
Match Two: No. 4 UT Rio Grande Valley at No. 5 Utah Valley, 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22
Match Three: Winner Match One vs. No. 2 Grand Canyon, 3:30 p.m.
Match Four: Winner Match Two vs. No. 1 NM State, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Match Five: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four, 7 p.m.