SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Western Athletic Conference (WAC) matches at Seattle and Idaho. The Roadrunners will face the Redhawks on Thursday before tangling with the Vandals two days later. Both contests will begin at 9 p.m. (CT).
UTSA (9-4, 2-1 WAC) has won its last three outings, including back-to-back sweeps last week against Houston Baptist and I-35 rival Texas State. The home victory against the Bobcats marked the first for the Roadrunners in nearly four years.
Junior McKenzie Adams was named the WAC Player of the Week on Monday for the second time this month after averaging 5.0 kills and 4.5 digs in the two contests. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter ranks third in the league with 4.54 points and 4.02 kills per set and she also sits seventh with 3.8 digs per frame.
UTSA ranks seventh in the nation with 18.06 digs per panel, while freshman Annie Kunes leads the WAC with 4.42 stops per set. The Roadrunners also lead the circuit in kills (13.51) per frame and opponent hitting percentage (.156).
Seattle (6-8, 1-3 WAC) lost both of its matches last week. The Redhawks, who have gone the distance in each of their last five matches, dropped their conference opener to New Mexico State on Sept. 13 before topping Denver two days later. However, Seattle, which leads the league with 1.37 service aces per panel, was outlasted by both Utah State and San Jose State on the road last week. Kaytlyn Dill, who had a program-record 31 winners against the Spartans last Saturday, leads the Redhawks with 3.51 kills per frame. Meanwhile, Jacquie Brice hands out 9.56 assists per set and Lani Beadle has collected 3.4 digs per panel.
Idaho (4-10, 2-2 WAC), which was picked to finish second in the preseason WAC poll, will host Texas State on Thursday night before hosting the Roadrunners. The Vandals opened conference play with a sweep of Denver on Sept. 13, but they then lost a five-set contest to New Mexico State two days later. Idaho then was swept by San Jose State last Thursday before sweeping Utah State to even their league mark. Allison Walker ranks second in the WAC with 4.84 points and 4.39 kills per frame, while Alyssa Schultz stands third in the league with a .351 hitting percentage.
UTSA will be playing Seattle for the first time, while Saturday's contest marks the Roadrunners' third all-time meeting with the Vandals. The two teams split the previous two contests and Idaho won the last matchup in four sets on Sept. 4, 1999, in Portland, Ore. The two squads never have met outside of a neutral setting.