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Inaugural All-WCC Beach Teams Announced

WCC Announces Beach Volleyball All-Conference Team

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Saint Mary’s senior Dalas Dodd etched her name in the West Coast Conference record books earning the first Player of the Year award for Beach Volleyball. Dodd’s teammate Mary Hernandez was named Defensive Player of the Year, while first-year Gael Lindsey Knudsen collected Freshman of the Year honors. AVCA Hall-of-Famer Nina Mathies of Pepperdine was voted Coach of the Year. 

All four major individual awards – along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team – were voted on by the league’s seven head coaches 

Dodd had a phenomenal senior season, which culminated in an impressive showing at the inaugural conference championship tournament. Dodd and her partner went 5-1 over the two-day championship including a win against the eventual champions, Pepperdine, on day one. Dodd’s season also highlighted big wins over Stanford, California, and Oregon. 

Hernandez showed her skill all season, finishing with a nearly unblemished record of 22-1. Hernandez and her partner were the No. 2 pair for Saint Mary’s and went undefeated until their final match. 

Knudsen started her collegiate beach career in impressive fashion and headlined the No. 1 pairs team for the entire season. With the amazing teamwork of her partner, Player of the Year Dalas Dodd, Knudsen posted an overall record of 19-4. 

A coaching legend indoors and on the beach, Mathies adds the first Beach Coach of the Year award to a trophy case already containing a record 10 WCC Coach of the Year honors with Pepperdine’s indoor squad. Matthies guided the Waves to a No. 1 ranking in the AVCA poll for the bulk of the 2016 campaign and directed the program to a 19-3 record capped by the first WCC Championship. 

Player of the Year: Dalas Dodd, Saint Mary’s
Coach of the Year:
Nina Matthies, Pepperdine
Defensive Player of the Year:
Mary Hernandez, Saint Mary’s
Freshman of the Year:
Lindsey Knudsen, Saint Mary’s 

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIRST TEAM

Name

School

Year

Kaity Bailey

Pepperdine

Fr.

Avery Bush

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

Dalas Dodd

Saint Mary’s

Sr.

Nikki Hess

Santa Clara

Jr.

Delaney Knudsen

Pepperdine

Jr.

Lindsey Knudsen

Saint Mary’s

Fr.

Kirsten Mead

Santa Clara

So.

Oluoma Okaro

San Francisco

So.

Madalyn Roh

Pepperdine

Fr.

Rachelle Suaava

Loyola Marymount

Sr.

 

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE BEACH VOLLEYBALL SECOND TEAM

Name:

School:

Year:

Skylar Caputo

Pepperdine

Fr.

Sabrina Clayton

Santa Clara

Jr.

Lexi Elman

Pacific

Jr.

Mary Hernandez

Saint Mary’s

So.

Katarina Pilepic

San Francisco

Jr.

Taylor Racich

Pepperdine

Sr.

Payton Rund

Saint Mary’s

Fr.

Anika Wilson

Pepperdine

Fr.

  

2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE BEACH VOLLEYBALL FRESHMAN TEAM 

Name:

School:

Skylar Caputo

Pepperdine

Sascha Dominique

Loyola Marymount

Heidi Dyer

Pepperdine

Lindsey Knudsen

Saint Mary’s

Madalyn Roh

Pepperdine

Payton Rund

Saint Mary’s

Kekai Whitford

Loyola Marymount