A solid all-around week that allowed Alaska to extend its win streak to four matches has earned Nanooks’ sophomore setter Cate Whiting selection as the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division II Volleyball Player of the Week.

Whiting, a Rapid City Stevens graduate, was a driving force behind a five-set road victory by the Nanooks over Seattle Pacific on Thursday and a three-set sweep of Saint Martin’s on Saturday, finishing the week with 75 assists, 10 blocks, 12 kills and 20 digs.

At Seattle Pacific, Whiting registered a double-double of 47 assists and 11 digs to go along with six kills, a .267 hitting percentage and four blocks to help Alaska hold off a surge by the Falcons in the fourth and fifth sets to claim the victory. Against Saint Martin’s, Whiting finished just short of a double-double with 28 assists, nine digs, six kills, six blocks and a service ace to go along with a .545 hitting percentage.

Whiting’s efforts allowed Alaska to extend its current win streak to four matches as the Nanooks improved their overall record to 7-10 on the season and evened their GNAC record at 5-5, pulling into a four-way tie for fourth in the standings with Simon Fraser, Concordia and Seattle Pacific.

Whiting enters the week ranked fifth in the GNAC with 9.46 assists per set. She also averages 1.05 kills, 0.25 aces, 2.20 digs and 0.54 blocks per set.

BHSU women's cross country ranked 6th in region

The Black Hills State University women's cross country team improved four spots to sixth in this week's U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. This is the highest ever regional ranking in the NCAA Division II era.

Meanwhile, the men's squad made their first appearance of the season in the regional poll coming in at seventh. This is their highest ranking since week five of 2016 when they were ranked fifth.

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This week's ranking comes on the heels of the BHSU beating regionally ranked foes Fort Lewis and Metro State. The men were also just nine points, while the women were 12 points, behind nationally ranked Dallas Baptist University.

Adams State University men's and women's team continue to hold onto the number spot in both the region and the nation. New national rankings will be released on Wednesday.

Yellow Jacket cross country continues this Friday at the West Region Preview hosted by MSU-Billings.

Rush season ticket holder banquet set

The Rapid City Rush announced Tuesday that the team’s 11th Annual Season Ticket Holder Banquet will take place Oct. 17 at 5:30 pm at Rushmore Hall inside Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Season ticket holders and corporate partners will have a chance to pick up their tickets inside once the doors open at 5:30. It is also the first official unveiling of the 2018-19 Rush roster, and those in attendance will have the chance to meet Rush players, get pictures and autographs, as dinner will be provided for all season ticket holders and corporate partners that attend. Additionally, the team store will be open inside the Ice Arena, featuring new merchandise headlined by the 2018-19 Rush white and black jerseys.

For more information regarding the 11th Annual Season Ticket Holder Banquet, call the Rush office at 716-7825.

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