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Nov 21 -- The 2001 West Coast Conference Volleyball All-Conference Team was announced today, with Pepperdine placing five athletes on the All-Conference First Team

Nov. 21 -- The 2001 West Coast Conference Volleyball All-Conference Team was announced today, with Pepperdine placing five athletes on the All-Conference First Team.

The Waves were led by sophomore outside hitter Katie Wilkins, who earned Player of the Year accolades. Senior Melissa Snow joins Wilkins on the All-Conference Team, in addition to being named the WCC??s Defensive Player of the Year. Pepperdine head coach Nina Matthies was honored as Coach of the Year after leading her team to their eighth WCC regular season championship and a No. 8 national ranking. The Waves led the league in a number of statistical categories all year, including hitting percentage, kills per game and assists.

In her debut for the San Diego Toreros, Devon Forster was named WCC Freshman of the Year. Forster recorded 4.16 kills per game to lead her team in that category. San Diego also placed outside hitter Noel Frohman and middle hitter Lindsey Lampert on the All-Conference First Team.

Santa Clara named Becky Potter and Toni Muratore to the All-Conference first team. The middle blocking duo led Santa Clara in kills per game and total blocks and helped the Broncos secure a No. 18 national ranking at the end of the conference season.

Loyola Marymount??s charge onto the All-Conference Team was led by Kealani Kimball and Kristin Gallup. Kimball, a middle blocker, led the Lions in blocks per game and attack percentage. Gallup, a junior outside hitter, recorded a team-high 4.79 kills per game throughout the season.

Player of the Year: Katie Wilkins, Pepperdine

Defensive Player of the Year: Melissa Snow, Pepperdine

Freshman of the Year: Devon Forster, San Diego

Coach of the Year: Nina Matthies, Pepperdine

To see the full release and the list of the first team and honorable mention, click on 2001 WCC Volleyball All-Conference under the infocenter in the right hand column of this page.