Bryce Parker, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State volleyball sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gammell poses for her headshot.

Dixie State sophomore middle blocker Lauren Gammell was named the Pacific West Conference Women’s Volleyball Defender of the Week on Monday for her efforts in the Trailblazers’ three home victories last week.

Gammell (6-foot-2; Spanish Fork, Utah/Spanish Fork HS) averaged 6.67 total blocks (20 total), 1.3 digs and 22 kills (7.33) in her three starts last week. She collected six blocks along with two digs and eight kills in a 3-0 sweep of Hawai’i Hilo Nov. 6, and then went for five blocks and seven kills in DSU’s 3-0 upset win against Azusa Pacific last Saturday. She followed that up with a game-high nine block assists with two digs and seven kills in the Trailblazers’ 3-1 triumph over Academy of Art on Sunday.

Gammell begins play this week fifth in the PacWest in total blocks with 111, including 11 solo stops (No. 8 in the PWC), and is second on the team among regular starters in kills (209) and hitting percentage (.243).

Dixie State (13-13, 11-7 PacWest) closes out the 2017 season with its final two PacWest matches, which will be played at Concordia-Irvine this Friday, Nov. 18, followed by the finale at league newcomer Biola on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Steve Johnson is the Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Collegiate Licensing at Dixie State University. For more DSU Athletics news, please visit and follow Dixie State on Twitter at @DixieAthletics.