Nov. 21, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The University of San Diego women's volleyball team, which clinched the 2006 West Coast Conference Championship two weeks ago, capped a near-perfect conference season by placing three players on the All-WCC first team, including senior Kristen Carlson, who took home the conference's Player of the Year award. Joining Carlson in the yearly awards is San Diego interim Head Coach Brent Hilliard, who garnered WCC Coach of the Year honors. USD's other first-team selections were Christie Dawson and Laurel Abrahamson. Jessica Nyrop was an All-WCC honorable mention and Andrea Csaszi was selected to the All-Freshman team.
Carlson led the Toreros in both kills (5.10 per game) and digs per game (3.52) in 2006, earning San Diego its second conference title in the past three years. The Purcellville, Va. native is the fourth San Diego player to earn the league's top honor, joining the ranks of former Torero standouts Devon Forster (2004), Petia Yanchulova (1998, 1999) and Jennifer Wrightson (1994). Carlson leads the WCC in double-doubles this season with 20. Carlson was tabbed as the WCC Player of the week three times and took home the October Player of the Month award.
Dawson earned her second consecutive first-team honor after posting solid numbers in her final campaign in a Torero uniform. For the season, she is second on the team in kills per game with an average of 4.07, and has posted an attacking percentage of .309. Dawson also led the conference in hitting percentage among conference matches at .407 and was fourth in kills per game with an average of 4.10.
Abrahamson takes home her first All-WCC accolade after leading the team in hitting percentage at .335. The junior from Bloomington, Minn., was third on the team in kills per game at 3.17 and posted a team-leading .335 attacking percentage. Abrahamson recorded double-digit kills in 13 of the Toreros 14 conference matches, including a career-high 19 in a match against Saint Mary's on Oct. 26. She was also selected as a WCC Player of the Week once this season.
Nyrop takes home her first All-WCC accolade as well after leading the conference in assists per game at 13.82. Nyrop helped direct the San Diego offensive attack to a team-hitting percentage of .256, good for second best in the WCC. Nyrop is the reigning WCC Player of the Week after leading USD to a sweep over, then-No. 22 Santa Clara University this past Saturday. She has recorded 50 or more assists on 19 occasions this season including a career-high 73 in a 3-2 win over Loyola Marymount University on Nov. 2.
Csaszi was selected to the All-Freshman team after taking over as the team's starting Libero at the start of conference play. Csaszi averaged .311 digs per game to place second on the team in this category. Csaszi is also considered a serving specialist, as the freshman from Oceanside, Calif. recorded 20 service aces on the season.
Hilliard, who took over for this season only for USD head coach Jennifer Petrie, guided the Toreros to a 23-5 overall record and a 13-1 mark in conference in his first-year as the interim head coach. Hilliard will now guide the Toreros into the NCAA Tournament set to begin on the first weekend of December.
The 17th-ranked Toreros will conclude their regular season with a 7 p.m. non-conference match this evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion against Cal State Fullerton.