(Courtesy of Pepperdine Athletic Communications)
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2016 Collegiate Beach Volleyball All-Americans this Wednesday afternoon, and Pepperdine beach volleyball’s Taylor Racich and Heidi Dyer each earned honors for the Waves.
A total of 10 separate Waves all-time, including Racich and Dyer, have received 16 AVCA All-American accolades, more than any other school in beach volleyball history. This season, eight difference schools are represented in this year’s class, with this year marking the first time an honorable mention team has been selected.
Dyer and Racich helped lead the Waves to an appearance in the inaugural NCAA Championship tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala. this season where Pepperdine finished top-five in the nation.
“I am so happy for Heidi and Taylor,” said Head Coach Nina Matthies. “They have worked really hard this year and being in the number one spot is a huge responsibility. They played with lots of heart and desire and made all of us very proud.
“We are going to miss Tay and her unfiltered love and enthusiasm for life, volleyball and our Pepperdine beach volleyball family.”
Throughout the 25 matches played this season, Racich and Dyer posted a 16-8 overall record from the number one position. One match played at the NCAA Championship was clinched by the Waves before the pair finished the match. The duo charted wins over Long Beach State when ranked No. 4 and No. 6 (2x), No. 3 Hawai’i, No. 6 UCLA, No. 8 Georgia State throughout the regular season.
Seven of the eight teams that had pairs chosen for All-American first team status were NCAA Championship tournament participants, with the exception of Grand Canyon University’s duo. All eight team that reached the tournament had a pair selected to at least honorable mention.