WWU Vikings

Hutchinson named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week

Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 14-20.

Hutchinson, a senior from University Place, averaged 8.0 digs per set (88 in 11 games) in three matches in raising her NCAA Division II national-leading average to 7.11 and increasing her career total to 2,005.

Hutchinson had 42 digs in a five-set loss to Alaska Anchorage, the most by a GNAC player since she had a career-best 45 against Seattle Pacific in 2011.

Hutchinson helped the Vikings, who also posted sweeps over Alaska Fairbanks and Simon Fraser, hold the opposition to a .115 hitting percentage. She became the fourth player in GNAC history and the second in school history to record 2,000 or more digs.

The GNAC weekly honor was the sixth for Hutchinson in her four-year career. She earned the accolade three times last season and twice as a sophomore.