Dec. 9, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Two Western Washington University juniors, middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Gig Harbor/Peninsula) and libero Samantha Hutchinson (University Place/Curtis), have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II West Region All-Star Team.
Hutchinson, who was picked for the second straight year, ranks No.2 nationally in assists per set at 6.91. She has a three-year total of 1,671 digs, which ranks third among WWU career leaders.
Erickson had a season attack percentage of 38.0, which ranked seventh nationally and was the fourth-highest in school history. She averaged 3.65 kills per set, 1.18 blocks and 4.39 points, all team-leading figures.
Erickson had a school-record kill percentage of 73.7 (15-1-19) versus Minnesota State Mankato on Sept. 6, 2013. She is on WWU career record pace in hitting at 36.0 percent and has three-year career totals of 657 kills and 232 blocks.
WWU finished 23-4 and reached the first round of the West Regional . The Vikings earned an automatic regional berth by for the second straight year by winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship.
2013 AVCA West Region All-Stars
Name School Position Year
Danielle Dahle UC San Diego OH SO
Kayla Erickson Western Washington MB JR
Kelsey Hull** Sonoma State OPP JR
Samantha Hutchinson** Western Washington L JR
Iona Lofrano Cal State L.A. OH SO
Tori May CSU San Bernardino MB JR
Sara McCutchan UC San Diego MB JR
Brenna McIntosh CSU San Bernardino MB SO
Hayley Ross Sonoma State S SR
Heidi Sierks UC San Diego S SO
Caylie Seitz Sonoma State OH SO
Andrea Terpstra Northwest Nazarene MB RS-JR
Torey Thompson Chico State S FR
Katelynn Zanders Alaska Anchorage OH SO
Region Freshman of the Year: Torey Thompson, Chico State, S
Honorable Mention: Caitlin Brenton (UC San Diego, OPP, Jr.), Catie Fry (Central Washington, S, So.), Madelyn Densberger (Sonoma State, OPP, So.), Sam Harthun (Alaska Fairbanks, OH, So.), Malika O'Brien (California Baptist, MB, So.), Lindsay Quigley (Chico State, MB, Jr.)
*Denotes total number of years selected to AVCA Division II All-Region Team