DENVER – Kansas City senior middle hitter Tyrecia Lukes and Chicago State junior defensive specialist Megan Klavitter have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Aug. 20-26. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for either.
Lukes, a Miami, Fla., was named to the all-tournament team at the UMKC Invitational after averaging 5.00 kills per set on a blazing .542 hitting to lead the WAC with 5.29 points per set. She also added 0.50 blocks per set. Lukes opened the week with 13 kills on .684 hitting in a sweep of South Dakota State and followed it up with 22 kills on .688 hitting in a four-set win over Western Michigan. She closed the weekend with a career-high 25 kills to go with five blocks in a five-set heartbreaking loss to Austin Peay on Saturday.
Congrats to @Tyrecialukes21 for being @WACsports offensive player of the week! She comes off a stellar performance in the UMKC Invitational with an average of 5 kills per set leading the WAC. On top of that, she had a career-high 25 kills in the closing game. #TeamKC #RooUP pic.twitter.com/yH8Hiy2uv0
— UMKC Volleyball (@UMKCVB) August 27, 2018
Klavitter, a Fenton, Mich., native, earned all-tournament team honors at the Cal Molten Classic after averaging 5.91 digs, 0.91 assists and 0.36 service aces per set last weekend. She produced 17 digs and two assists in the Cougars’ season-opening contest against host California before tallying a career-best 32 digs to go along with five assists and two service aces in a five-set battle against Colgate. In the team’s first-ever win over a Big Ten program, a sweep of Rutgers, Klavitter posted a match-high 16 digs to go along with three assists, two service aces and two kills.
Congrats to @UMKCathletics' Lukes and @ChiStateCougars' Klavitter on being named #WACvb Players of the Week! #WACcompete https://t.co/wp4PehHYmo pic.twitter.com/EilXX7QDVK
— WACsports (@WACsports) August 27, 2018
Other offensive nominees included: Sydney Marks of California Baptist was named tournament MVP after averaging 3.15 kills on .442 hitting as the Lancers went 4-0 on the week … CSU Bakersfield’s Brooke Boiseau averaged 1.92 kills on .431 hitting … Lauryn Dela Cruz of Chicago State posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 4.09 kills and 3.45 digs per set … Grand Canyon’s Annabelle Kubinski averaged 2.13 kills per set last week … Shae Harris of Seattle U was named to the all-tournament team at the Aztec Invitational after averaging 9.38 assists per set last week … UT Rio Grande Valley’s Pamela Moreira averaged 4.00 kills per set last week … Kristen Allred of Utah Valley was named to the Aggie Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.36 kills per set.
Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist’s Tesa Oaks was named to the all-tournament team at the Stark Vegas Classic averaging 4.15 digs and 0.46 blocks per set … Kristen Hernandez of CSU Bakersfield averaged 4.15 digs per set … Grand Canyon’s Teagan DeFalco averaged 4.87 digs per set … Rheagan Spiegel of Kansas City was named to the all-tournament team at the UMKC Invitational after averaging 4.00 digs per set … NM State’s Ashley Anselmo averaged 1.30 blocks per set … Gysell Zayas of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 5.10 digs per set last week … Utah Valley’s Makaila Jarema averaged 1.45 blocks per set on the week.