Tuialii-Umi named AVCA/Sports Import National Player of the Week


STEPHENVILLE – Tatyana Tuialii-Umi had quite the impressive week.

The senior from Bell, California had a career-high 22 kills Friday night against St. Edward’s and followed up with 15 more in a sweep of St. Mary’s on Saturday. That was enough to make her the front-runner for the top offensive award in the Lone Star Conference, which she earned Tuesday.

On top of it all, Tualii-Umi has now been named the best offensive player in the country for her efforts last week after being named the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week. She is the second player in program history to earn a national player of the week award – joining Hailey Roberts who did it three times in her illustrious career.

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While racking up 37 total kills over seven sets, the senior southpaw hit at a .485 clip on 68 swings with just four errors over seven sets. She landed 5.29 kills per set and added four blocks. She totaled 39.0 points over seven sets.

Tuialli-Umi and the now-ranked No. 10 Texans will head south this weekend for weekend matches with Texas A&M-Kingsville and Texas A&M International. The Texans and Javelinas will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday and then Tarleton will head to Laredo for a 1 p.m. showdown Saturday.

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