Hutchinson, Downs Among Red Lion Players of the Week
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson joined former Viking All-American Courtney Schneider as the only players to record 32 or more digs in a three-set match (Photo by Nick Gonzales)
WWU libero Samantha Hutchinson joined former Viking All-American Courtney Schneider as the only players to record 32 or more digs in a three-set match (Photo by Nick Gonzales)

Monday, November 11, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. - Western Washington libero Samantha Hutchinson, who had one of the highest single-match dig totals in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history Thursday, and Seattle Pacific basketball player David Downs who was selected the MVP in the Disney Tip-Off Classic, are among 10 GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week honorees for the Week of Nov. 4-10.


Men - David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Kirkland, WA – Bellevue Christian) was selected the MVP in the CCA Tipoff Classic as he led the Falcons to a 3-0 record.  Downs averaged 25 points, shooting 62.1 percent from the field (18-29) and 76.5 percent from the three-point arc (13-17).  He also made 26 of 29 free throws (89.7 percent). In addition he led SPU with 11 assists and also had seven rebounds. 

Honorable MentionTravis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage; Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene; Evan Coulter, Saint Martin’s; Sango Niang, Simon Fraser; Adam Hastings, Western Oregon.

Women - Jordan Wilson, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 5-11 Fr., Henderson, CO – Prairie View) posted a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds in her first career collegiate game helping the Nanooks to an 87-72 victory over Western New Mexico.  Wilson also notched an assist while shooting 10-of-11 from the field and sinking seven free throws in 10 attempts as UAF won its season opener for the first time since its 2009-10 opener.

Honorable Mention – Chelsea Haskey, Saint Martin's; Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Alli Madison, Alaska Anchorage; Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser.


OffenseMonica Grimsrud, MSU Billings (OH, 6-1, Jr., Montana City, MT – Helena) had 50 kills, including a GNAC season-high 30 as the Yellowjackets upset regionally sixth-ranked Central Washington Thursday.  Grimsrud hit for a .291 percentage (50-18-110) as MSUB split two matches, outlasting the Wildcats 3-2 before falling 3-1 to Nortthwest Nazarene.  Grimsrud had 20 kills in the latter contest, matching the eighth highest total this fall in the GNAC in a four-set match.

Defense – Samantha Hutchinson, Western Washington (L, 5-7, Jr., University Place, WA – Curtis) had 49 digs, including 32 in a 3-0 home win over Western Oregon.  That equaled the fifth highest total in GNAC history for a three-set contest.  Former Viking All-American Courtney Schneider, who had three-set match totals of 35, 34, 34, 33, 32 and 32, is the only other player in conference history to record as many as 32.  On the season, Hutchinson ranks second nationally averaging 6.93 digs per set.

Honorable MentionBrooke Pottle, Alaska Anchorage; Jodi Huddleston, Alaska Anchorage; Andrea Terpstra, Northwest Nazarene; Taylor Roberts, Northwest Nazarene; Julia Wabinga, Saint Martin’s; Kelsey Robinson, Simon Fraser; Becky Blees, Western Oregon; Rachel Roeder, Western Western Washington.

Men’s Soccer

Offense – Fredy Razo, Northwest Nazarene (F, 5-10, Jr., Irvine, CA – Irvine Valley) tied a GNAC single-game record for goals scored in a conference contest with four as the Crusaders cruised to a 5-1 victory over MSU Billings to close out the season. Razo’s four goals ensured that he would capture the 2013 GNAC men’s soccer scoring title, pushing his goal total on the season to 16 and his point total to 34, both conference-highs.

Defense – Keegan Rogers, Western Washington (GK, 6-1, Jr., Portland, OR – Portland Christian) helped the Vikings to a 3-0 shutout of No. 2 Simon Fraser Saturday as the Vikings closed out the 2013 season in third place in the GNAC standings. Rogers played all 90 minutes, making three saves and earning his seventh shutout of the season.

Honorable Mention – Andrew Weishaar, Western Washington; Juan Perez, Northwest Nazarene.


OffenseTerrell Watson, Azusa Pacific (RB, 6-2, 230, Jr., Oxnard, CA) and Ryan Bergman, Western Oregon (QB, 6-2, 175, Jr., Issaquah, WA) ... Watson rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown and also caught four passes for 33 yards as the Cougars clinched the GNAC title with a 23-20 win over Dixie State.  In the process, Watson set a GNAC single-season rushing record with 1,582 yards, eclipsing the old mark of 1,579 by Humboldt’s Nick Ricciardulli last season.  Watson scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter tying the game at 13-13 and also tying the GNAC single-season record of 18 rushing touchdowns set by Willie Johnson of Central Washington in 2002 ... Bergman passed for 405 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wolves to a 32-26 win over Central Washington. Bergman leads the GNAC this season with three 400-yard passing game. Saturday’s effort came against a Central Washington defense that hadn’t allowed more than 24 points in a single game all season and had allowed less than 200 yards passing in five of its six previous contests.  Among his touchdown passes was a GNAC season-long 78 yard pass to Dustin Hurd.

DefenseCasey Chin, Simon Fraser (LB, 5-10, 214, Sr., Port Moody, BC – New Westminster) had a GNAC single-game record 6 ½ tackles for losses of 27 yards including 2 ½ sacks for losses of 17, in leading the Clan to a 38-17 home win against Humboldt State.  Chin, who had 15 tackles including 10 solos, broke the old GNAC record for tackles of losses of six set by  Jacob Galloway of Central Washington against Eastern Oregon in 2004.   Chin came into the contest ranked eighth nationally in tackles.  On the season he now has 110 tackles, including 61 solos.  The GNAC single-season records are 128 and 66, respectively, by Caleb Jessup of Western Washington during the 2008 season.

Special TeamsChase Krivashei, Humboldt State (WR/KR, 5-9, 165, Fr., Corona, CA - Centennial) had 138 return yards in setting a GNAC single-game record for all-purpose yards, finishing with 331 yards.  Krivashei had 113 yards on five kickoff returns and 25 on four punts.  He also had 179 yards on 12 receptions.  The old all-purpose record was 322 by Nat Conley of Central Washington in 2001 against Humboldt State.  All of Conley’s yards came on the ground. On the season, Krivashei ranks second in the GNAC in all-purpose yards (159.3) and is the conference leader in receptions with 86 for 845 yards.

Honorable MentionSean Barber, Azusa Pacific; Jamie Cacciatore, Azusa Pacific; Chris Tolbert, Simon Fraser; AJ Hull, Western Oregon.