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Volleyball Garners Three WCC Accolades

Nov. 21, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University women's volleyball seniors Heather Dunn, Becky Jones and Briawna Mueller were all named an honorable mention selection as the West Coast Conference announced its annual awards Wednesday. For Jones, it's her third-straight year she has earned this accolade, while it's Dunn second-straight and Mueller's first honor.

Dunn was the Zags all around player. As the starting setter for Gonzaga, Dunn closed out the season with 1,289 assists for a 12.05 assists per game average. She also had 292 digs, 123 kills, 59 blocks and 18 service aces. She led the team with 14 double-doubles, including seven in West Coast Conference action. For her career, Dunn amassed 355 kills, 3,767 assists, 61 service aces, 881 digs and 165 total blocks. Her assists total ranks fourth all-time.

Jones was the Bulldogs top offensive player, finishing the season with a team-high 333 kills and 13 double-doubles, including seven double-doubles in West Coast Conference play. Jones was also second on the squad in digs with 354 and added 55 blocks. Jones closed out her career with 1,429 kills and 1,099 digs. Her kill totals ranks fourth in the Bulldog career record book and her dig total ranks sixth.

If Dunn was the Zags all around player and Jones the top offensive player, Mueller would be categorized as the Bulldogs strongest defensive player. Mueller finished the season with a team-leading 143 total blocks which includes 110 block assists and 33 solo blocks. She also added 238 kills, 79 digs and 14 service aces. She became the Gonzaga career leader in block assists during the season, breaking a 17-year record. Mueller closes out her career with 532 total blocks, 112 solo blocks and 420 block assists.

Gonzaga closed out the season with an overall mark of 17-13 and a WCC record of 5-9, the Zags first winning season since the 1994 campaign and the best finish in the WCC in seven years.

Santa Clara University posted a dominating conference season and finished atop the WCC standings for the fifth time since 1997 and third time under head coach Jon Wallace. The Broncos were rewarded for their hard work in the yearly All-WCC awards, taking home three of the four top honors. Senior setter Crystal Matich was selected as the WCC Player of the Year, while freshman outside hitter Krista Kelley garnered Co-WCC Freshman of the Year honors along with outside hitter, Megan York of Saint Mary's College. Sophomore libero Haley Carroll of the University of San Francisco was named Defensive Player of the Year. Santa Clara's Wallace was chosen as Coach of the Year by his peers.

2007 WCC All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year: Crystal Matich, SCU
Defensive Player of the Year: Haley Carroll, USF
Co-Freshman of the Year: Megan York, SMC & Krista Kelley, SCU
Coach of the Year: Jon Wallace, SCU

FIRST TEAM
Laurel Abrahamson, USD-SR-MH-Bloomington, MN
Haley Carroll, USF-SO-L-Gilroy, CA
Emily Day, LMU-SO-OH-Torrance, CA
Amy DeGroot, USD-SO-OH-Frenchtown, MT
Kiah Fiers, PEP-SO-S-Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Krista Kelley, SCU-FR-OH-Sandy, UT
Heather Hughes, LMU-SR-OPP/S-Fallbrook, CA
Brittany Lowe, SCU-JR-OH-Yorba Linda, CA
Crystal Matich, SCU-SR-S-Santa Rosa, CA
Julie Rubenstein, PEP-JR-OH-Camarillo, CA
Lecca Roberts, PEP-SR-MB-Kula HI
Megan York, SMC-FR-OH-San Antonio, TX

FRESHMAN TEAM
Renee Horton, LMU-S-Wildomar, CA
Kapua Kamana'o, SMC-S-Honolulu, CA
Krista Kelley, SCU-OH-Sandy, UT
Whitney Leonard, LMU-L-Saratoga, CA
Shannon Lowell, SMC-MB-San Jose, CA
Ali Troost, USD-RS-Hemet, CA
Megan York, SMC-OH-San Antonio, TX

HONORABLE MENTION
Cassi Chamberlain, PEP; Andrea Csaszi, USD; Heather Dunn, GON; Torey Ellick, USD; Lindsy Evans, SCU; Alix Gombos, USF; Renee Horton, LMU; Becky Jones, GON; Sarah Mandala, USF; Briawna Mueller, GON; Kayla Walker, PEP; Caroline Walters,