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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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SDSU outside hitter Alexis Cage (#18) attempts a spike during a match earlier this season. (Photo: Derrick Tuskan/GoAztecs) SDSU outside hitter Alexis Cage (#18) attempts a spike during a match earlier this season. (Photo: Derrick Tuskan/GoAztecs)

Volleyball Collects Four All-MW Honors

Four Aztecs received All-Mountain West honors the league office announced.
By GoAztecs

The San Diego State University volleyball team had four players earn All-Mountain West honors as announced by the league office. In a vote of the conference's 11 head coaches, Deja Harris and Devyn Pritchard were both named to the All-MW team, while Baylee Little and Alexis Cage received honorable mention.

Harris landed on the All-MW team for the third year in a row after leading the Aztecs in blocks, both overall (1.28/set) and in conference matches (1.36/set), as well as hitting percentage (.344 overall). Despite drawing constant double coverage at the middle blocker position, the junior tied for second in blocks during the MW schedule and ranked third in overall matches. She also occupied the third spot in hitting percentage during the regular season and ranked eighth against league opponents (.303).

Harris was seventh in the MW with 3.83 points per set in overall and ranked 10th against conference foes with 3.76 points per frame.

For the season, Harris posted double-digit kill totals in 21 of 31 matches, including 11 in league competition. On Nov. 13, she was named MW Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 3.62 kills per set and hitting .458 in a pair of victories over UNLV and New Mexico.

Pritchard topped the league with a team-best 5.31 digs per set in MW matches and ranked third with 4.71 scoops per frame overall en route to her first All-conference nod. The SDSU libero recorded 20 or more digs in 12 matches during the regular season, including 10 in MW play.

In addition, Pritchard completed 17 matches without a reception error, including five straight in league competition from Oct. 19 to Oct. 31, with the Aztecs emerging victorious in each of those contests.

Overall, Pritchard amassed 546 digs during her senior campaign, which ranks third on the program's single-season charts. She also moved into fifth place in school history with 1,467 scoops for her career.

Little collected her second career all-conference certificate, contributing greatly to SDSU's success this season after sitting out the entire 2016 campaign with an injury. The senior ranked second in MW matches with a .357 hitting percentage, finishing with .316 clip overall, which was good for fifth.

Little registered the league's top single-match hitting percentage of the year with an .857 performance (12-0-14) in a victory over UNLV at home on Nov. 9. She also tied for sixth on the MW individual match-highs list with a .650 clip (13-0-20) in SDSU's aforementioned come-from-behind win over Boise State, setting a season high with 13 kills.

For the season, Little totaled double-digit kills in seven matches, including five straight from Oct. 31 to Nov. 15, hitting .460 during that stretch. Earlier in the year, she also finished eight consecutive without a blocking error.

Cage, meanwhile, snared her first all-conference honor after pacing the Aztecs with six double-doubles on the year (kills-digs) while tying for the team lead with 2.87 kills per set in MW play.

An outside hitter, Cage compiled double-digit kill totals in 10 league matches, including a season-high 21 put-aways in a road victory at New Mexico on Oct. 12. She also reached double figures in digs 13 times.

For her career on Montezuma Mesa, Cage compiled 1,009 kills, 569 digs and 234 blocks.

SDSU finished with a winning record for the second year in a row after completing the 2017 campaign with a 16-15 mark. The Aztecs tied for third in the conference standings with a 10-8 ledger, along with Boise State.