Utah Valley swept the Division-I Independent weekly awards after the team went a perfect 4-0 last week. Senior Jessica Endres earned Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore Allyce Wilson nabbed Defensive Player of the Week honors. Endres led the Wolverines to a first place finish at the NJIT Invitational and was named to the all-tournament team. She averaged 4.80 kills and hit .384 in for the week. In the win over NJIT, Endres hit .468 and had 24 kills (6.0 kpg). She also totaled 83.0 points (5.53 ppg) and 13 total blocks (0.87 bpg) during the week. Wilson started three matches at libero and one at setter for UV. In her starts at libero she totaled 72 digs (6.0 dpg), and in her start at setter she had 41 assists (13.66 apg). Overall, Wilson averaged 5.53 digs per game in four matches. She had game highs of 28 digs in a 3-1 win at Montana State and 25 digs in a 3-1 win at NJIT. She also had nine service aces during the week
Aaron Wells was named the Orem Owlz general manager, the club announced last week. Wells replaces Zach Frasier, who was forced out before the end of the 2007 season. Wells spent the last five years involved with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Owlz’s Major League affiliate. Wells also worked for the University of Nebraska football and baseball programs, the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball club, and the Arkansas Travelers, the Angels’s Double-A affiliate.
C.J. Miles resigned with the Utah Jazz on the day before the team headed to Boise, Idaho for training camp. The Jazz gave Miles the offer, reportedly worth $945,610, on Jun. 29. Both parties had to agree to terminate after Jul. 23, but Miles signed and joins the battle for the starting shooting guard position. Miles, 20, will fight for playing time with rookie Morris Almond, Gordon Giricek and Ronnie Brewer.