Weber State volleyball: Dani Nay wins Big Sky MVP; 4 named to First Team
Weber State volleyball’s second consecutive conference title has resulted in its second consecutive Big Sky Conference MVP.
Sophomore outside hitter Dani Nay was named league MVP, the Big Sky announced Tuesday morning.
Nay was also one of four Wildcats named to the all-conference First Team, her third such honor in three seasons. Senior outside hitter Rylin Adams won league MVP in the spring 2021 season that saw Weber State win its first NCAA Tournament match in program history.
Nay is second nationally in total service aces with 60 this season, and third in aces per set at 0.64. Both, naturally, are first in the Big Sky. Nay is also fourth in the Big Sky in kills per set at 3.37.
Adams, senior middle blocker Sam Schiess and senior setter Ashlyn Power all join Nay on the all-conference First Team.
Power is a three-time First Team selection, and Adams and Schiess are First-Teamers for the second time.
Adams led the Big Sky in kills per set at 3.78. Schiess led the Big Sky in hitting percentage at .328. Power was second with 9.32 assists per set.
They set single-game highs for the Big Sky as well. Adams’ 25 kills in a five-set battle at BYU was most in a match this season for any Big Sky team. Nay’s 19 kills in a sweep over Northern Arizona was most in any three-set match. Power has the two highest totals for assists in three-set matches, totaling 46 and 45 in that category.
Nay’s seven aces against Seton Hall was second-most in any match for a Big Sky team this season — and that was a three-set match, to boot.
Weber State hosts the Big Sky tournament this week in Swenson Gym. Quarterfinal action gets underway at 10 a.m. Thursday, and No. 1 Weber State faces No. 8 Montana that night at 7 p.m. Should WSU win and advance, semifinal and final matches would be at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
FOOTBALL SENIOR DAY
Weber State football is set to honor 13 players on Senior Day in this Saturday’s season finale against Northern Colorado.
Seniors being honored are: center Ben Bos, safety Braxton Gunther, running back Dave Jones, linebacker Sherwin Lavaka, linebacker Conner Mortensen, fullback Clay Moss, defensive tackle Jayden Palauni, defensive tackle Jared Schiess, receiver Rashid Shaheed, safety Preston Smith, linebacker BJ Taufalele and offensive lineman Ty Whitworth. Junior offensive lineman Creston Cooledge is also being honored with the group, signaling the end of his college career.
WSU WOMEN DROP TWO
After a convincing home win over North Dakota to open the season, Weber State women’s basketball suffered two setbacks on the road.
The Wildcats committed 30 turnovers in a 67-46 loss Saturday night at Portland, winning the first quarter 15-9 but being blown out 58-31 from there.
Jadyn Matthews led WSU with 16 points and nine rebounds. Emma Torbert totaled 11 points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Daryn Hickok added six points and six rebounds.
Tuesday night in Texas, the Wildcats battled with Texas Tech out of the Big 12, trailing by just 36-31 midway through the third quarter, but fell 62-44.
WSU opened the second half on an 11-3 run and trailed 45-36 at the end of three quarters, but the Red Raiders held WSU to eight points in the final frame.
Kori Pentzer led WSU with 12 points. Hickok totaled 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. Matthews added nine points and five rebounds, and Torbert had nine rebounds and two blocks.
Weber State (1-2) returns home to host Omaha at 1 p.m. Sunday.