Erickson and Hutchinson are first-team Daktronics West Region all-stars

Kayla Erickson

Dec. 3, 2013

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula), a repeater, and libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) were first-team selections on the NCAA Division II Daktronics West Region All-Star squad announced Tuesday.

Picked to the second team was Viking setter Taylor Dillard (Jr., Milton/Fife). Erickson was a repeater on the first team and Hutchinson was a second-team choice in 2012.

Erickson, who was the 2013 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, ranks fifth nationally in attack percentage at .385 and currently tops school career leaders in hitting at .363. She is 21st nationally in blocks per set (1.22) and 23rd in points per set (4.44).

Hutchinson, who received GNAC Defensive Player of the Year recognition for the second straight season, is second nationally in digs per set at 6.90. She ranks third among WWU career leaders in digs with 1,650.

Dillard ranks eighth nationally in assists per set at11.80.

Named Daktronics West Region Player of the Year was BYU Hawaii outside hitter Sheh Ting Chen.

WWU, 23-3, earned the No.5 seed at the West Regional of the 2013NCAA II National Championships, and faces No.4 seed Sonoma State (25-5) in an opening-round match Thursday at 5 p.m. The Vikings earned an automatic regional berth by winning a second straight GNAC championship with a 16-2 record.

It is the first time since 2006 and 2007 that WWU has made back-to-back regional appearances. The Vikings went to regionals three straight times from 2001to 2003.

The Vikings, ranked No.10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA II Top 25 Poll, have swept 20 matches this fall with seven straight three-set wins during one stretch. Their highest rating this season was No.7.

WWU is riding a nine-match victory string heading into the regional. Prior to that, the Vikings had two winning streaks of seven matches this fall.

The Vikings, who swept Sonoma State in an opening-round regional match last year, lost to the Seawolves in four games on Sept. 14.

Volleyball: Four GNAC Players Earn Daktronics West Region Honors

Western Washington libero Samantha Hutchinson and middle blocker Kayla Erickson have been voted to the Daktronics NCAA Division II West Region volleyball first team all-region team.

Both players are repeat selections from last year. Erickson earned first team honors a year ago, while Hutchinson was a second team selection in 2012.

Their names will now be advanced to the Daktronics All-American ballot. The All-American team will be announced Dec. 11. The All-American selections are made by Division II members of the NCAA Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).

Earning second team honors this season are Viking setter Taylor Dillard and Northwest Nazarene middle blocker Andrea Terpstra.

Hutchinson currently ranks second nationally in digs, averaging 6.90 per game, while Erickson ranks fifth in hitting percentage with a .385 average. Erickson also ranks fourth in the GNAC in kills, averaging 3.68 per contest.

Dillard leads the GNAC and ranks eighth nationally in assists (11.81). Terpstra ranks second in the GNAC in both hitting percentage (.346) and blocks (1.25) and ranks seventh in kills (3.58).

WWU's three representatives on the all-region team is the most by any school.

The Vikings are one of three GNAC teams competing in the NCAA West Region tournament beginning this Thursday at San Bernardino, Calif.

WWU (23-3) is the No. 5 seed and will take on fourth-seed Sonoma State (25-5) in Thursday's third match at 5 p.m. Alaska Anchorage (21-9) is seeded seventh and will play No. 2 seed BYU-Hawaii (24-1) at 2:30 p.m.

Central Washington (15-11) is the eighth seed and will face host Cal State San Bernardino (25-5) in the evening's final match at 7:30.

The opening match of the day will send third-seed UC San Diego (25-5) against sixth-seed Dixie State (17-9).

Thursday's winners will advance to Friday's semifinals at 5 p.m. and 7:30. Saturday's regional championship game will be played at 7 p.m.

LIBERO DOMINATION: This year is the ninth time since 2002 a Western Washington libero has been selected to the all-region team. Nicola Parker was a first team selection in 2002 and 2003 and Courtney Schneider earned first team honors three straight years between 2005 and 2007. Allison Gotz was a second team pick in 2008 and 2010 and Hutchinson earned second team honors last season.


First Team: Outside Hitters - **Shih Ting Chen, BYU-Hawaii (Jr., Yunlin, Taiwan); Julie Ashen, CSU Monterey Bay (Jr., Salinas, CA); Iona Lofrano, CSU L.A. (So., Meadow View, CA). Middle Blockers - +Brenna McIntosh, CSU San Bernardino (So., Yorba Linda, CA); *Kayla Erickson, Western Washington (Jr., Gig Harbor, WA). Libero - +Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington (Jr., University Place, WA). Setter - +Ying Chun Chen, BYU-Hawaii (Jr., Kaohsiung, Taiwan).

Second Team: Outside Hitters - Caylie Seitz, Sonoma State (So., Santa Rosa, CA); Kelsey Hull, Sonoma State (Jr., Valley Springs, CA); *Alex Shurtz, Chico State (Sr., Moraga, CA). Middle Blockers - Tori May, CSU San Bernardino (Jr., Redlands, CA); Andrea Terpstra, Northwest Nazarene (Jr., Ripon, CA). Libero - Brittany Lombardi, UC San Diego (Sr., Carmel, CA). Setter - Torrey Thompson, Chico State (Fr., Newport Beach, CA); Taylor Dillard, Western Washington (Jr., Milton, WA).

West Region Player of the Year - Shih Ting Chen, BYU-Hawaii.

**First team in 2011 & 2012. *First team in 2012 +Second team in 2012

BYU-Hawaii outside hitter Shih Ting Chen Voted Daktronics West Region Player of the Year

PORTLAND, Ore. (Tuesday, Dec. 3) - BYU-Hawaii outside hitter Shih Ting Chen has been voted the NCAA Division II Daktronics West Region Volleyball Player of the Year.

Joining Shih Ting Chen, who earned all region honors for the third year in a row, on the all-region team was teammate setter Ying Chun Chen.

The only other first team repeater from a year ago was Western Washington middle blocker Kayla Erickson. WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson also earned first team honors.

Completing the first team were Cal State Monterey Bay outside hitter Julie Ashen, Cal State L.A. outside hitter Iona Lofrano and middle blocker Brenna McIntosh of Cal State San Bernardino.

CSU San Bernardino, which will host the West Regional tournament beginning Thursday, also placed one player - middle blocker Tori May - on the second team.

Sonoma State and Chico State each placed two players on the second team. Representing the Seawolves are outside hitters Caylie Seitz and Kelsey Hull. Named to the team from Chico State were outside hitter Alex Shurtz and setter Torey Thompson. Last year Shurtz was a first team selection.

Completing the second team are middle blocker Andrea Terpstra of Northwest Nazarene, libero Brittany Lombardi of UC San Diego and setter Taylor Dillard of Western Washington.

Players selected to the region first team will be listed on the Daktronics All-American national ballot. The All-American team will be announced Dec. 11.

The All-American team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association.

The online nomination and voting processes are powered by Sidearm Sports. Headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y., Sidearm Sports is the official provider of college athletic websites for over 600 sports organizations at all levels of competition.


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