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WAC Volleyball Players of the Week Announced

WAC Volleyball Players of the Week Announced

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DENVER –
Utah Valley freshman outside hitter Kazna Tarawhiti and CSU Bakersfield senior middle blocker Mattison DeGarmo have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Nov. 5-11. This is the second honor of the season and of her career for Tarawhiti and the first-ever honor for DeGarmo.

Tarawhiti, a Lehi, Utah native, led the Wolverines offensively last week with a 4.86 kills per set average, 5.43 points per set and a .225 hitting percentage. She opened the week with a match-high 21 kills on .218 hitting in a tightly contested four-set setback to second-place Kansas City last Thursday. Tarawhiti then led Utah Valley with a team-best 13 kills on .235 hitting in a sweep at Chicago State on Saturday. She also notched a pair of service aces on the week as the Wolverines secured a berth in the WAC Tournament with the win over the Cougars. Tarawhiti leads the WAC in kills (4.10) and points (4.57) per set. She currently has 447 kills this season, which not only leads the WAC but ranks third all-time in the single-season record books at Utah Valley. With a minimum of three matches remaining, at her current pace Tarawhiti would finish the season with 497 kills, which would break the current Wolverine record of 494 set by the program's all-time leader in kills, Kayli Doxey, during the 2009 season.

DeGarmo, a Castle Rock, Colo., native, led the Roadrunners to a 3-2 victory over Grand Canyon on Senior Day with her first collegiate double-double. She posted a program-record 10 blocks to go along with 12 kills against the Lopes. In the deciding fifth set, the middle blocker was directly involved with five-straight points to help the 'Runners sprint away from the Lopes, 15-6. Her blocks total reset the school record for a single-match, moving DeGarmo past current Graduate Assistant Coach Molly O'Hagan, who had previously recorded nine blocks on four separate occasions.

Other offensive nominees included: Summer Avery of California Baptist averaged 3.33 kills per set ... CSU Bakersfield's Briannah Mariner finished with 14 kills on .290 hitting in a five-set win over Grand Canyon ... Lauryn Dela Cruz of Chicago State averaged 4.67 kills and 0.83 service aces per set ... Tyrecia Lukes of Kansas City averaged 2.43 kills on .432 hitting ... NM State's Julianna Salanoa averaged 2.38 kills on .621 hitting ... Barbara Silva of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.40 kills per set.

Other defensive nominees included: Nicole Abreu of California Baptist averaged 6.33 digs per set ... Chicago State's Megan Klavitter averaged 6.00 digs per set ... Brooke Jacobs of Kansas City averaged 1.57 blocks per set ... NM State's Tatyana Battle averaged 4.00 digs per set ... Gysell Zayas of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 5.80 digs per set ... Utah Valley's Seren Merrill averaged 7.00 digs per set.