Tohm Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Year, Sierra Named Libero Of The Year, Jordan Named Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The Western Athletic Conference announced the volleyball postseason awards as voted on by the leagues head coaches on Wednesday night. Five Aggie players received accolades including Kassandra Tohm, who received the prized Player of the Year award and Ariadnne Sierra, who earned her second-straight Libero of the Year honor. Head Coach Mike Jordan was also named the league’s Coach of the Year.

“We are very proud of everyone and what they’ve accomplished this season,” Jordan said. “They’ve worked hard at improving and are very deserving of their award.”

Senior Tohm received her first WAC postseason awards, taking home first team honors along with the coveted Player of the Year award. The outside hitter finished conference play as the leader in both kills (3.98) and points (4.20) per set. Her .275 hitting clip also ranked seventh in the WAC. The senior was named the WAC Player of the Week earlier this season after averaging 4.57 kills on .373 hitting, 1.29 digs, 0.71 blocks and a conference-best 5.00 points per set in a pair of matches.

Sierra claimed Libero of the Year honors for the second-straight year. The senior averaged 5.08 digs per set in WAC play, which ranks third in the league. She also posts 0.28 aces per set, which is 10th in the conference. Sierra was also named to the All-WAC Second Team for the second-straight season.

Tatyana Battle was named to the All-WAC First Team for the second year in-a-row. The All-WAC Preseason Team member closed out conference play seventh in kills (3.40) and fifth in points (3.95) per set. She also led the team with 15 service aces against conference opponents and her 0.30 aces per set ranked seventh in the league.

Sasha-Lee Thomas has been a solid contributor to the NM State squad, playing in all 50 sets during conference play. The senior closed out league play second in the conference with a .306 hitting clip. She posted 127 kills and 43 blocks in WAC play. This is the third-straight season Thomas has received Second Team All-WAC honors.

Lia Mosher was the lone freshman from the Aggies’ squad to receive a post-season award as she was named to the All-Freshman Team. The middle blocker averaged 1.12 blocks in WAC play during the season, which ranked sixth among the league’s leaderboard. Her .301 hitting percentage ranked in fourth in the conference. This is the fourth-straight year an NM State player has been named to the All-Freshman team.

Jordan earned Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time in his career at New Mexico State. In his 20th season with the Aggies, he has taken home WAC Coach of the Year six times in addition to winning Sun Belt Coach of the Year twice. Jordan coached the Aggies to their third-straight WAC regular-season title this season and the program’s fourth in the last five seasons.

For their next match, the Aggies compete in the WAC Volleyball Tournament in Edinburg, Texas. As the top seed overall, New Mexico State takes on the winner of the match between No. 4 CSU Bakersfield and No. 5 Seattle U on Friday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 (MT).

2017 WAC Volleyball Postseason Award Winners
First Team School Yr. Pos.

Tatyana Battle NM State Jr. OH
Madison Dennison Utah Valley Sr. MB
Ragni Steen Knudsen UT Rio Grande Valley Jr. OH
Katarina Marinkovic Seattle U So. OH
Bojana Mitrovic UT Rio Grande Valley Sr. RS
Lexi Thompson Utah Valley Sr. OH
Kassandra Tohm NM State Sr. OH

Second Team School Yr. Pos.
Alicia Harrington Kansas City So. OH
Shae Harris Seattle U Jr. S
Sydney Haynes CSU Bakersfield Sr. MH
Haylee Roberts CSU Bakersfield Sr. MB
Ariadnne Sierra NM State Sr. L
Barbara Silva UT Rio Grande Valley So. MB/OH
Sasha-Lee Thomas NM State Sr. MB

All-Freshmen Team School Pos.
Kristen Allred Utah Valley OH
Teagan DeFalco Grand Canyon OH
Claire Kovensky Grand Canyon OH
Tijana Milojevic Seattle U L
Lia Mosher NM State MB
Anna Palmer Seattle U OH/RS

WAC Player of the Year: Kassandra Tohm, NM State
WAC Libero of the Year: Ariadnne Sierra, NM State
WAC Setter of the Year: Shae Harris, Seattle U
WAC Freshman of the Year: Claire Kovensky, Grand Canyon
WAC Coach of the Year: Mike Jordan, NM State