|Three Vandals pick up honors|
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Three Idaho volleyball players earned Western Athletic Conference postseason honors as the league announced its All- WAC teams on the eve of its tournament on Sunday. Alyssa Schultz was selected to the All-WAC first-team, Taylor Wilkinson was a second-team All-WAC selection, and Ali Forde earned WAC All-Freshman team honors.
Junior middle blocker Alyssa Schultz earned first-team All-WAC honors for the second consecutive season after averaging 2.28 kills and 1.25 blocks per set with a .354 hitting percentage during WAC play. Schultz tallied 139 kills and 76 total blocks during WAC play and ranked fourth in WAC matches in hitting percentage and fifth in blocks. Her .378 hitting percentage for the season ranks first in the WAC, 41st in the country and second in Idaho history for a single season. Schultz also made her mark in Idaho’s career record books in 2013, climbing into ninth in career block assists with 354 through three seasons, while her career hitting percentage of .346 is the best in program history.
Wilkinson played her way on to the All-WAC second-team by averaging 1.64 kills, 1.08 blocks and 2.23 points per set during WAC play while hitting .301. She tallied a career-high 11 kills at Grand Canyon in the regular season finale for her second double-figure kill match in three outings. She hit better than .400 in four WAC matches and had five or more blocks six times. Her .301 hitting percentage in WAC play ranked eighth in the league and her 1.08 blocks ranked sixth. Wilkinson was a WAC All-Tournament team pick in 2012 and a Preseason All-WAC selection in 2013.
Forde averaged 2.21 kills, 0.68 blocks, 0.39 digs and 2.63 points per set in 12 WAC matches on the season to earn All-Freshman team honors. She had a career-high 15 kills on Nov. 16 at UMKC and hit a career-best .579 with a then-career-high 12 kills at Chicago State on Nov. 14, her second consecutive match with a .500-plus hitting percentage and at least seven kills. Forde ranked seventh in WAC play with her .307 hitting percentage.
New Mexico State’s Desiree Scott was chosen as the WAC Player of the Year and NM State head coach Mike Jordan earned WAC Coach of the Year honors. Seattle U’s Iris Ivanis was the WAC Freshman of the Year.
The Vandals open the WAC tournament on Monday at 6:30 p.m. (PT) against UMKC. The winner of that match will take on top-seeded New Mexico State on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (PT).