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UTAH VALLEY'S TARAWHITI, CSU BAKERSFIELD'S BONIFACIO NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Utah Valley sophomore outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti and CSU Bakersfield senior libero Rafa Bonifacio have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Nov. 11-17. This is the third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and fifth of her career for Tarawhiti and the first-ever honor for Bonifacio.
Tarawhiti, a Lehi, Utah native, averaged WAC bests of 6.06 points and 5.75 kills on .400 hitting in a pair of road matches last week. On Thursday, she tallied a season-high 25 kills against Seattle U, one off her career high. Tarawhiti also posted her ninth double-double of the season, adding 14 digs. She followed it up with 21 kills on .425 hitting at California Baptist on Saturday. Tarawhiti currently leads the WAC in kills (3.82) and points (4.30) per set.
Bonifacio, a Sao Paulo, Brazil native, led the Roadrunners to a 1-1 week while averaging a WAC-best 6.22 digs per set. The former outside hitter, who converted to libero a month ago, tallied 39 digs against UT Rio Grande Valley last Monday, the highest single-match total in the WAC this season. It also tied CSUB's Division I single-match record. On the road at Grand Canyon on Saturday, she finished with 17 digs. Since converting to libero, Bonifacio ranks second in the WAC with 4.97 digs per set.
Other offensive nominees included: Christine Graf of California Baptist averaged 2.55 kills on .261 hitting and 3.0 points per set ... CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau averaged 4.22 kills on .325 hitting and 4.6 points per set ... Kaira Moss of Grand Canyon averaged 3.13 kills on .388 hitting and 3.8 points ... Kansas City's Alicia Harrington averaged 3.71 kills, 0.43 service aces and 4.9 points per set ... Julianna Salanoa of NM State averaged 2.38 kills on .390 hitting and 3.1 points per set ... Seattle U's Eve Kerschenbaum averaged 4.86 kills on .397 hitting, 0.43 service aces and 5.3 points per set ... Barbara Silva of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 2.80 kills and 3.4 points per set.
Other defensive nominees included: CBU's Ellie Voss averaged 1.00 blocks per set ... Teagan DeFalco of Grand Canyon averaged 4.63 digs per set last week ... Kansas City's Alex Ratzlaff averaged 4.29 digs per set ... Seattle U's Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 3.14 digs per set ... UTRGV's Veronika Jandova averaged 1.44 blocks per set ... Seren Merrill of Utah Valley averaged 3.00 digs per set.
WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.264), opponent hitting percentage (.117), kills (13.55) and blocks (2.91) and is tied with Kansas City for the lead in assists (12.41), while California Baptist leads the league in service aces (1.54) and Grand Canyon is tops in digs (15.41).
Individually, Grand Canyon's Annabelle Kubinski is tops in hitting percentage (.405), while Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti is tops in kills (3.82) and points (4.30). Kansas City's Alli Schomers leads the WAC in assists (10.14), while California Baptist's Elizabeth Gilley is tops in service aces (0.38). Utah Valley's Makaila Jarema leads the WAC in blocks (1.55) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter is tops in digs (5.29).
In WAC matches only, NM State led the league in hitting percentage (.264, opponent hitting percentage (.128), assists (12.86), kills (14.05) and blocks (2.92), while UTRGV was tops in service aces (1.58) and Grand Canyon led the league in digs (15.13).
Individually in WAC matches, Kubinski led the league in hitting percentage (.436), while Kansas City's Alicia Harrington was tops in kills (4.07) and points (4.61), Schomers led the WAC in assists (10.98) and teammate Alex Ratzlaff was tops in service aces (0.43). Jarema led the league in blocks (1.54) and Klavitter was tops in digs (5.66).
NM STATE GOES UNDEFEATED IN WAC PLAY
NM State finished the WAC schedule with a perfect 16-0 record. The Aggies are the first undefeated team in WAC play since 2015 and the first 16-0 mark since 2010. NM State also won its sixth WAC regular-season title since joining the league in 2005 and fourth in the last five years.
GCU HITS SEVERAL MILESTONES
Grand Canyon posted several milestones this season, including qualifying for the WAC Tournament for the first timey. GCU hit the 20-win mark on Nov. 2 when it defeated Utah Valley for the first time in program history. With 23 wins, the Lopes have posted the GCU Division I record for victories in a season. With a 9-1 record on the road, the Lopes blew away the Division I mark for most wins on the road, as the previous mark was three in both 2013 and 2014.
CSU'S KLAVITTER FINISHES CAREER SECOND IN WAC IN CAREER DIGS
Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter closed out her career with 2,145 digs, good for second place in the all-time WAC career record books. In addition, her 629 digs this season ranks tied for seventh in WAC history and her 5.29 digs per set ranks tied for seventh.
CBU'S ABREU SURPASSES 1,000 DIGS
California Baptist senior libero Nicole Abreu tallied 36 digs last week to surpass the 1,000-dig plateau. She now has 1,033.
UTRGV'S JANDOVA RANKS IN TOP THREE IN TWO CATEGORIES
UTRGV junior middle blocker Veronika Jandova tallied a career-high 11 blocks at CSU Bakersfield, the third-highest single-match total in program history. Ten of her blocks were assisted, tying for the second-highest single-match total.
CBU'S JEDRZEJCZAK BECOMES PROGRAM BLOCKS LEADER
Yagoda Jedrzejczak became California Baptist's NCAA-era leader in career blocks on Nov. 2 against Chicago State. She now has 342 in her CBU career, which is a new NCAA-era record and ranks fourth all time for CBU.
KC'S ALICIA HARRINGTON MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE IN KILLS
Kansas City senior outside hitter Alicia Harrington surpassed 1,000 career kills in loss to Northern Iowa on Sept. 13. She now has 1,323 kills on her career, five shy of second place in program history.
UTRGV'S LOWERY NOTCHES 500TH CAREER WIN
UT Rio Grande Valley head coach Todd Lowery notched his 500th career victory vs. California Baptist on Oct. 26. Lowery now has a career record of 505-106 (.827) in 17 seasons as a head coach, including an 86-70 record at UTRGV.
SEATTLE U'S MILOJEVIC BECOMES PROGRAM DIGS LEADER
Seattle U's Tijana Milojevic notched her 1,338th career dig against UTRGV on Oct. 24 to become the program's all-time digs leader in its Division I history. Milojevic now has 1,472 digs.
UTRGV FINISHES THIRD IN ATTENDANCE
UT Rio Grande Valley finished its home schedule with its third-best attended season in program history. The Vaqueros had a total attendance of 8,300 this year.
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