GRAND CANYON'S MATTHEWS, DEFALCO NAMED WAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Grand Canyon freshman outside hitter Kayla Matthews and sophomore defensive specialist Teagan DeFalco have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 8-14. This is the first-ever honor for both.
Matthews, a Phoenix native, averaged 5.00 points, 4.25 kills on .315 hitting and 0.38 service aces per set as the Lopes went 2-0 on the week. In a five-set win over CSU Bakersfield, she had 18 kills and three service aces. In the decisive fifth set, Matthews recorded three kills and an ace, with the ace coming as she was serving the final two points of the set in the 15-12 win. In the sweep of Chicago State, Matthews recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 16 kills and 11 digs, hitting at a .556 clip. She entered the week averaging 2.41 kills on .144 hitting and 0.27 service aces per set.
DeFalco, a Long Beach, Calif. native, led the WAC with 6.38 digs per set as the Lopes picked up their first WAC wins of the season. In the five-set win over second-place CSUB, DeFalco was all over the court with 29 digs against only one reception error. In the sweep of the Cougars, she had 22 digs, no reception errors and added three service aces. Her 6.38 digs per set average was nearly two more digs per set better than the 4.51 digs per set she was averaging entering the week.
Other offensive nominees included: Natalie Zimmerer of California Baptist averaged 10.89 assists and 0.22 service aces per set as the Lancers went 2-0 on the week ... CSU Bakersfield's Rafa Bonifacio averaged 3.31 kills on .295 hitting ... Kansas City's Melanie Brecka averaged 3.88 kills on .338 hitting ... Cat Kelly of NM State averaged 2.80 kills on .400 hitting ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen averaged 5.11 kills on .321 hitting and 0.22 service aces per set ... Madi Wardle of Utah Valley averaged 7.00 assists and 0.25 service aces per set.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 5.00 digs per set as the Lancers moved into first place in the WAC standings ... Megan Klavitter of Chicago State averaged 5.88 digs per set and became the program's all-time digs leader last week ... Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes averaged 1.88 blocks per set ... Gysell Zayas of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 5.11 digs per set ... Utah Valley's Makaila Jarema averaged 2.75 blocks per set.
WAC STAT LEADERS
Kansas City leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.229), assists (12.71) and kills (13.44), while NM State is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.161). Utah Valley leads the WAC in blocks (2.59), California Baptist is tops in service aces (1.62) and UT Rio Grande Valley leads the WAC in and digs (17.36).
Individually, Kansas City's Tyrecia Lukes leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.409), while Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti is the leader in kills (3.99) and points (4.47) and teammate Makaila Jarema is tops in blocks (1.58). CBU's Natalie Zimmerer leads the WAC in assists (10.51), CSU Bakersfield's Desiree Sukhov is tops in service aces (0.43) and Chicago State's Megan Klavitter leads the league in digs (5.71).
In WAC matches only, Kansas City leads the league in assists (13.27) and kills (14.03), while UTRGV is tops in service aces (1.81) and digs (18.68). Utah Valley leads the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.138) and blocks (3.06) and NM State is tops in hitting percentage (.230).
Individually in WAC play, Kansas City's Lukes leads the league in hitting percentage (.354), while UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen is the leader in kills (4.55) and points (5.02) and teammate Debora Nazario is tops in service aces (0.62). Zimmerer leads the WAC in assists (10.51), while Jarema leads the WAC in blocks (1.72) and Klavitter is tops in digs (5.80).
FOUR WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Chicago State's Lauryn Dela Cruz currently ranks fifth among NCAA active career leaders in attacks per set (11.20). Meanwhile, UT Rio Grande Valley's Ragni Steen Knudsen ranks 20th in kills per set (3.67) and 44th in total kills (1,170), teammate Alexandra Ecker ranks 26th in sets played (433) and NM State's Tatyana Battle ranks 40th in total kills with 1,219.
CHICAGO STATE'S KLAVITTER IS PROGRAM CAREER DIGS LEADER
Chicago State's Megan Klavitter, who earlier this season became the only active player in the WAC with 1,000 or more digs, became the program Division I career digs leader on Oct. 13 at Grand Canyon when she recorded her 1,315th dig. Klavitter now has 1,329 career digs and needs 87 to enter the WAC Top 10. Klavitter posted a career-high 38 digs against Brown on Sept. 14. She leads the WAC in digs per set (5.71) and total digs (491).
CBU'S ABREU POSTS SIXTH-MOST DIGS IN PROGRAM HISTORY
California Baptist libero Nicole Abreu posted a career-high 26 digs at CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 13. The 26 digs rank sixth in CBU's single-match history in the NCAA era (2013-18).
CSUB'S BOISEAU TIES PROGRAM HITTING PERCENTAGE MARK
CSU Bakersfield redshirt freshman Brooke Boiseau recorded a .529 hitting percentage against Seattle U on Oct. 8. It tied CSUB's Division I record for a five-set match.
CHICAGO STATE BEATS UMKC FOR FIRST TIME IN 14 YEARS
On Oct. 11, Chicago State defeated Kansas City in five sets to pick up its first win over the 'Roos in 14 years, snapping a 17-match losing streak. It marked the first victory for the Cougars in the series with since Oct. 22, 2004, when they earned a five-set win at the Swinney Recreation Center in Kansas City.
CSUB SUFFERS FIRST HOME LOSS OF SEASON
The loss to California Baptist on Oct. 13 was CSU Bakersfield's first of the season at home. The 'Runners were 8-0 prior to the defeat, the program's best start at home in the school's Division I history and the best since 1999. CSUB has now won 17 of its last 20 home matches dating back to Oct. 15, 2016. With at least three home matches remaining, CSUB already has eight wins in the Icardo Center. The most victories any CSUB team has recorded at home at the Division I level is nine (9-4, 2014).
NM STATE HOLDS 18-MATCH HOME WINNING STREAK
NM State holds an 18-match home winning streak as the Aggies head back to the Pan American Center on Thursday. The longest home winning streak for the Aggies took place from the 2005-07 seasons and lasted 29 matches. The 18 matches ties for the second-longest streak which took place from 2002-04.
CSUB'S WICKS JUST OUTSIDE PROGRAM TOP 10 FOR CAREER ASSISTS
CSU Bakersfield redshirt junior setter Sidney Wicks has 1,368 career assists. She needs 25 more assists to move into the all-time program Top 10.