KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alicia Harrington and Tyrecia Lukes were each named First Team All-WAC, while Melanie Brecka was named Second Team All-WAC and to the WAC All-Freshman Team and Head Coach Christi Posey was named WAC Coach of the Year, the conference announced tonight.
For Harrington, the honor is the third straight year she has received postseason conference honors after being named to the all-freshman team in 2016 and to the second team as season ago, while also being named Preseason All-WAC this season. On the year, she has posted a team-high 11 double-doubles and been named to three all-tournament teams, while leading the Roos with 374 kills, hitting .211 with 325 digs.
In her debut season as a Roo, Lukes has posted stellar numbers as her .417 hitting percentage is tops in the WAC and ranks third in the NCAA, while her 1.25 blocks per set are second in the conference and 47th in the nation. Twice she was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week and three times garnered all-tournament recognition. Her 113 blocks top the squad and her 333 kills are second.
In her first season in the Blue & Gold, Brecka sits third on the squad with 327 kills, hitting .279 with 92 digs, 63 blocks and 22 aces. On Sep. 24, meanwhile, she was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week and to the Omaha Challenge All-Tournament Team.
For Posey, the award is the second such honor of her career after also being named WAC Coach of the Year in 2014 when she guided the Roos to a conference championship and a school record 24 wins. This season under Posey, the Roos have posted 20 wins, the second most in school history and finished third in the WAC, two spots above the preseason poll.
The Blue & Gold will open up WAC Tournament play tomorrow in Bakersfield, Calif., as the No. 3 seed where they will face No. 6 seed Seattle U at 9 p.m. CT.
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