Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America Team for the third straight year in an announcement made Wednesday, Dec. 3. She is the first player in school history to achieve that feat.
Hutchinson, a senior from University Place, was a second-team selection for the second time. She earned first-team honors last year.
Hutchinson was the NCAA Division II national statistical leader in digs per set, averaging 7.17, and was second in total digs with 767. Her average was almost a full dig per set better than her closest rival.
Hutchinson finished second among WWU and Great Northwest Athletic Conference leaders in career digs with 2,438 (6.61 avg. per set), trailing only former Viking Courtney Schneider (2004-07) at 2,695.
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Earlier, Hutchinson was named a Daktronics West Region all-star and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, both for the third straight season.
Hutchinson ranked second nationally in digs per set as a junior and fifth as a sophomore.
WWU middle blocker Kayla Erickson, a senior from Gig Harbor (graduate of Peninsula High School), received AVCA All-America honorable mention for the second straight year.
Erickson led the Vikings in kills (367), kills per set average (3.43), attack percentage (.308), blocks (105), blocks per set (0.98) and points (433.0). She tied for second in the GNAC Player of the Year balloting in the closest race in league history after earning GNAC POY honors in 2013 and is a two-time AVCA West Region all-star.