Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson and middle blocker Kayla Erickson were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II West Region All-Star Team announced Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Hutchinson, a senior from University Place (graduate of Curtis High School), was named for the third straight year; and Erickson, a senior from Gig Harbor (graduate of Peninsula High School), earned recognition for the second consecutive season.
Hutchinson was the NCAA Division II national statistical leader in digs per set, averaging 7.17, and 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.
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 was a first-team AVCA All-American last year. She ranked second nationally in digs per set as a junior and fifth as a sophomore.
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.
Erickson, who was a GNAC Academic all-star for the third time, was a three-time GNAC Player of the Week this year, earning offensive honors twice and the defensive award once.
Erickson finished 10th among WWU career leaders in both kills with 1,024 and blocks with 337. Her .340 attack percentage ranked second.
In 2013, Erickson was a second-team Daktronics All-American and AVCA honorable mention.