Libero Samantha Hutchinson is first-team AVCA All-American

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Libero Samantha Hutchinson is first-team AVCA All-American

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Western Washington University libero Samantha Hutchinson (Jr., University Place/Curtis) was a first-team choice among the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-Americans announced Wednesday.

Receiving honorable mention was Viking middle blocker Kayla Erickson (Jr., Gig Harbor/Peninsula).

“Sam and Kayla are reaping the rewards of the hard work they put into the season and off-season,” said WWU coach Diane Flick. “These awards are very well deserved and I am very proud of each of them.”

Hutchinson, who was a second-team pick last year, ranked No.2 nationally in assists per set at 6.91.  She has a three-year total of 1,671 digs, which ranks third among WWU career leaders.

Erickson had a season attack percentage of 38.0, which ranked seventh nationally and was the fourth-highest in school history. She averaged 3.65 kills per set, 1.18 blocks and 4.39 points, all team-leading figures.

Erickson is on WWU career record pace in hitting at 36.0 percent and has three-year career totals of 657 kills and 232 blocks.

Earlier, Hutchinson was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Erickson was tabbed the conference Player of the Year. They also were both first-team AVCA West Region all-stars.

WWU finished 23-4 and reached the first round of the West Regional. The Vikings earned an automatic regional berth by for the second straight year by winning the GNAC championship.