BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University volleyball players Abby Phelps and Joellee Buckner were named to the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase All-Tournament team out of the 'A' pod that featured the top teams in the west region playing in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Vikings went 3-1 overall with wins over No. 11 Cal State San Bernardino (3-2) and No. 15 Concordia-Irvine (3-1), and swept Chico State (3-0). Overall the Vikings completed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 6-2 record and head into GNAC play this week ranked No. 10 in the nation in the AVCA Division II poll.
Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) averaged 3.33 kills and 4.13 digs per set, and recorded three double-doubles in the showcase. She also had a 8 service aces. For the season, the junior is 4th in the GNAC averaging 3.67 kills per set, 9th with 4.30 digs/set and 4th with 4.27 points per set. The two-time All-GNAC selection and 2016 honorable mention All-American has recorded a double-double (kills/digs) in six of eight matches this season.
Buckner (Colville, WA) earned All-Showcase honors after averaging 2.53 kills and a team-high 4.80 digs per set. Her all-around play also resulted in 11 blocks (0.73 per set) and 5 service aces. In the three-game sweep of Chico State, Buckner recorded 14 kills on a .583 hitting percentage and had 20 digs.
The Viking improved to 13-13 all-time in the West Region Showcase, helping lead the GNAC to a 27-17 record against the PacWest and CCAA.
WWU opens GNAC play this week with road matches at Central Washington (Thursday, 7 pm in Ellensburg) and Northwest Nazarene (Saturday, 7 pm MT in Nampa).
Follow all the action online via webcase and live stats at GNAC.tv, or watch on streaming platforms on the GNAC channel on Roku, Android TV, Apple TV and Amazona Fire TV.
2017 D2 WEST REGION VOLLEYBALL SHOWCASE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Joellee Buckner, Western Washington
Lauren Hackett, Cal Baptist
Abby Phelps, Western Washington
McKenna Witt, Cal Baptist
Madi Farrell, Northwest Nazarene
Tessa May, Simon Fraser
Karla Santos, Cal State LA
Cati Wiesner, Sonoma State
Amanda Colla, UC San Diego
Lindsey Dorsey, Concordia (Ore.)
Shelby Mauritson, Central Washington
Julianne Miller, Azusa Pacific
Alisha Bettinson, Western Oregon
Gabby Oddo, Seattle Pacific
Deja Thompson, Cal State East Bay
Emma Tecklenberg, Chaminade
Bianca Alvarez, Notre Dame de Namur
Allison Anderson, Notre Dame de Namur
Cara Keturakis, Point Loma
Nicole Nesbitt, Saint Martin’s
San Francisco Pod
Gabby Lerma, Alaska
Alina Smith, Cal Poly Pomona
Anela Visesio, Cal State Monterey Bay
Tess Van Grouw, Biola
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