Juliana Salanoa Named WAC Volleyball Defensive Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Julianna Salanoa was named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday. This is the first weekly honor for New Mexico State this season and the second of Salanoa's career.

The Olympia, Wash. native was named to the Borderland Invitational All-Tournament Team following an impressive weekend where she helped the Aggies remain undefeated this season. Salanoa averaged 1.45 blocks per set with 16 total blocks for the three-day tournament. The middle blocker posted eight blocks in the squad’s sweep of Pacific and also tallied six digs in the match. Against UTEP, Salanoa recorded five crucial blocks that helped the Aggies take down the Miners in the five-set thriller.

NM State is back in action when the team hosts the SpringHill Suite Invitational from Sept. 13-14. The Aggies welcome Portland, Grambling State and Lamar to the Pan American Center for the two-day tournament.