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KWU Volleyball Sweeps KCAC Weekly Honors

KSAL Sports - September 30, 2013 3:30 pm

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Coming off a pair of huge victories last week, the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes have swept the three weekly Volleyball Player of the Week honors. Lauren Chamness was selected as the KCAC Hitter of the Week, Taylor Elkinton was selected as the KCAC Setter of the Week and Marlene Yang earned KCAC Libero of the Week honors for their efforts for the Coyotes last week.
“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of all three of our players,” Wesleyan head coach Fred Aubuchon said. “I’m sure they would agree with me that in that all of our players earned those awards this week.”

Wesleyan notched victories over then conference co-leaders Tabor and Friends last week to remain as the lone unbeaten team in the KCAC with a 6-0 record in conference play and a 14-9 record overall. Wesleyan swept Tabor, who was receiving votes in last week’s NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, on Wednesday in Hillsboro. On Saturday on Homecoming, the Coyotes defeated Friends in four sets in an incredible match, snapping the Falcon’s 10-match winning streak.

Chamness, a senior hitter from Littleton, Colo., was huge for the Coyotes in their two wins last week. For the week, she averaged 3.71 kills and .71 blocks per set. She had seven kills in Wesleyan’s straight set win over Tabor and on Saturday she led all attackers in the match with 19 kills, and also tallied seven digs, three aces and two assist blocks in the match.

Elkinton, a junior from Wichita, played a pivotal role in Wesleyan’s two wins on the week. She averaged 11.57 assists, 3.71 digs and .71 blocks per set for the Coyotes. She had 30 assists in Wesleyan’s win over Tabor and on Saturday, she was even more of an impact player with 51 assists (12.75 average), and 20 digs as the Coyotes picked up the 4-set win over Friends.

Yang, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., had a huge week as well for the Coyotes. She averaged 6.43 digs per set on the week, and had just one receiving error in helping the Coyotes to two wins. In Wednesday’s win over Tabor, she averaged 5.33 digs per set, and on Saturday she had a career high 29 digs, passing the 20-dig plateau for only the third time in her career. She also passed her previous career season high dig total in Saturday’s match, now with 312 on the season and has become just the sixth Coyote with over 1000 digs in her career since 2001, when college volleyball switched to rally scoring.

Wesleyan is on the road this week for two matches, heading to Lindsborg to take on the rival Bethany Swedes on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and then to North Newton on Saturday to take on Bethel College at 2 p.m.

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