The Northwest Conference Champion Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team claimed two of the conference's four postseason awards on Tuesday while four student-athletes earned All-NWC accolades. Kevin Aoki was named the NWC Coach of the Year for the ninth time with Kiana Calles
earning NWC Player of the Year. Calles additionally earned First Team All-NWC honors while Caylie Shiramizu
, Chloe Epker
, and Mackenzie Harris
all landed Second Team accolades.
Aoki lands Coach of the Year after guiding the Lutes (20-4, 14-2 NWC) to the conference title and the program's 11th berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. It is the 10th time under the 22-year tenure of Aoki that the Lutes have hoisted the league title. Aoki, who owns a 393-176 record at the helm, has previously won NWC Coach of the Year accolades in 1999, 2004, from 2006-2009, and from 2012-2013.