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5 WWU student athletes are honored as Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week. PHOTOS: WWU Athletics 

WWU Dominates GNAC Weekly Awards 

October 1, 2018 

5 Western Washington University student athletes were honored with Great Northwest Athletic Conference weekly awards. Abby Phelps  was the Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. Cody Roth earned the Men's Golfer of the Week award while Lacy Sheldon took the Women's Golfer of the Week honors. 

The Vikings swept the GNAC women's soccer Conference Player of the Week awards for the second consecutive week. Dayana Diaz was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, and midfielder Jordyn Bartelson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Abby Phelps

For the second time this season and seventh time in her career, Western Washington University senior outside hitter Abby Phelps has been selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. Phelps was the offensive selection for the week of Sept. 24-30.


Phelps (Manson, WA/Chelan) becomes WWU’s all-time leader in GNAC Player of the Week awards, passing the six awards by Samantha Hutchinson, Kayla Erickson, Marlayna Geary and current teammate Kayleigh Harper. The seventh selection (Offense: 5, Defense: 2) tie the all-time GNAC record that is now shared with Seattle Pacific’s Alyssa Given (2004-07).


In two matches last week, Phelps tallied 37 kills for a 4.62 kills per game average. She recorded a double-double in each match, giving her 13 in 15 contests this season, adding 3.50 digs per set and 0.75 blocks per set to her ledger. 

Cody Roth 

Western Washington University senior men’s golfer Cody Roth has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week for the second consecutive week.


Roth (Bellingham, WA) finished in 4th place in the 104-player, 20-team WWU Invitational held last Monday and Tuesday at Bellingham Golf & Country Club. The co-captain turned in rounds of 73 (+1), 70 (-2) and 69 (-3) to lead the Vikings to second tournament title in as many starts in 2018-19.


Roth also earned GNAC Golfer of the Week honors for Sept. 17-23 after finishing tied for 2nd at the Saint Martin’s Invitational. He has carded four rounds of par-or-better this season and leads the GNAC with a 70.5 scoring average.

Lacy Sheldon
Western Washington University junior Lacy Sheldon has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week.


The junior transfer from the University of Montevallo had a standout performance in her WWU debut, tying for 3rd place in the 97-player field at the season-opening WNMU Fall Intercollegiate played at the Golf Club at Estrella in Goodyear, Arizona. 


Sheldon (Dallas, TX/Legacy Christian/Montevallo) completed the at 1-under-par 143, tied for the 3rd-lowest 36-hole score in WWU history (since 1993-94). She recorded rounds of 1-under-par 71 and even-par 72, marking the seventh occurrence of a Viking recording a 36-hole total at under par.

Dayana Diaz & Jordyn Bartelson 

After a road sweep against a pair of conference opponents, the Western Washington University women’s soccer team has swept the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards for the second consecutive week. 


Freshman forward Dayana Diaz (Granite Falls, WA) was named the GNAC Offensive Player of the Week for the second straight week, and junior midfielder Jordyn Bartelson (Puyallup, WA) earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.


The Vikings (8-2-0 overall, 3-1-0 GNAC) have won four consecutive games, including shutouts at Saint Martin’s (4-0) and Western Oregon (3-0).


Diaz scored three goals in the win at Saint Martin’s, marking the first hat trick in the GNAC this season. Scoring in her third consecutive game (all game-winning goals), Diaz has 5 goals and 10 points to lead the Vikings this season. It also marked the seventh hat trick by a WWU player during the GNAC era (since 20010.


Bartelson assisted on a goal in each game, and played a key role on defense as the Vikings did not allow a shot on goal in either of the shutouts. The junior has started all 10 games this season for the nationally-ranked Vikings and leads the WWU’s field players in minutes played (695).

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