Christopher Maple, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
LEXINGTON, Ky.- Northwestern Oklahoma State University volleyball program continues to stand out as their 2019 campaign reaches its final week of in-conference competition. The Rangers record has improved to a school record 21 wins and only 9 losses, with 11 wins in Great American Conference play which is also the most the Black-and-Red has won since joining the GAC, but the honors don’t stop there.
Kiauna Clark, who had just earned her first GAC Co-offensive Play of the Week honors made program history for Northwestern. Clark is the first Northwestern volleyball player to earn Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week Honors.
The San Antonio, Tex. native was a spark-plug for her team as she led them to two tough GAC victories against Southern Nazarene, who was sitting just below the Rangers in fourth, as well as a sweep against in-state rival Southwestern Oklahoma State who was tied with the Rangers in second before the match. Those two wins placed the Rangers in the lone second place spot on the standings.
Clark tallied 16 kills in each match, to earn a total of 32 on the week and averaged 4.6 kills per set. She had only five errors through both games which marked her hitting percentage at a stellar .478. The Ranger Senior also excelled on defense with 10 total blocks (1.43 blocks per set) and 14 digs.
Clark and the Rangers have two final matches left before the conference tournament that is set to begin next week. The Black-and-Red take on East Central Tuesday evening at 6:30 and a final show down will take place against Oklahoma Baptist Thursday evening in Percefull Fieldhouse to decide the GAC regular season champion at 7 p.m.