BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--The Bakersfield volleyball team hosts Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon. The match begins at 4 p.m.

A former CCAA Conference rival, Bakersfield is playing Grand Canyon for the first time since the 2005 season when both were in Division II. The Roadrunners lead the all-time series 24-3.

The Antelopes are 9-15, 3-8 in the WAC entering a Thursday night match at Utah Valley. Mackenzie Phelps is the WAC’s active leader in career digs with 1,706 and is 24 away from breaking GCU’s school record in the category. She leads the league in digs (5.50). Kaitlynn Ausmus is 10th in the WAC in kills (2.67).

Bakersfield leads the WAC in assists (13.40) and kills (14.01), while New Mexico State is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.150) and Grand Canyon leads the league in digs (17.20). Meanwhile, Idaho is tops in hitting percentage (.240), Kansas City leads the league in blocks (2.99) and Texas-Pan American is tops in service aces (1.49).

Individually, Bakersfield’s Debora Araujo leads the WAC in kills (3.86) and points (4.37), while teammate Fernanda Gonçalves leads the league in assists (10.09). Idaho’s Alyssa Schultz leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.370) and Utah Valley’s McKenna Tait  is tops in service aces (0.42). Kansas City’s Emma Hagedorn leads the WAC in blocks (1.37), while Grand Canyon’s Mackenzie Phelps is tops in digs (5.50).

In WAC matches only, New Mexico State leads the league in hitting percentage (.267), opponent hitting percentage (.118) and blocks (3.02). Bakersfield is tops in assists (13.04), kills (13.63) and service aces (1.54), while Grand Canyon is tops in digs (17.92).

Individually in WAC matches, Seattle U’s Martina Samadan leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.478), while Araujo is tops in kills (3.93) and points (4.49). Gonçalves leads the league in assists (11.33), while Tait is tops in service aces (0.47). Utah Valley’s Lauren Stringham is tops in blocks (1.49), while Phelps leads the WAC in digs (5.22).

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