“We thank the OSA for bringing this cultural misappropriation to the attention of the Athletics Department and to the university as a whole. We take our commitment to diversity, authentic inclusion and social justice seriously, yet we acknowledge that we still have much to learn and improve upon as we strive to bring multiple cultures together in a respectful and harmonious campus climate," he said. "This is important work that requires the involvement of all members of the Western community, including our students, who often lead us to our best outcomes.”
The American Volleyball Coaches Association named outside hitter and Western junior Abby Phelps a first-team All-American in December. Senior opposite Joelle Buckner and junior setter Brette Boesel were selected honorable mentions.