Nov. 23, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University juniors Becky Jones and Heather Dunn were both named an honorable mention selection as the West Coast Conference announced its annual awards this past week. For Jones, it is the second-straight year she has earned this accolade.
Jones was the Bulldogs top offensive player, finishing the season with a team-high 417 kills and 15 double-doubles; including seven double-doubles in West Coast Conference play. It was her second-straight season with 400 or more kills. She was second on the team in digs with 349 and added 55 blocks. Jones also became one of only 12 players in GU history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. She broke past the 1,000 kill plateau early in the season and now has 1,086 kills to her credit.
Dunn did a little bit of everything for Gonzaga. As starting setter for the Zags, she closed out the season with 1,273 assists for an 11.47 assists per game average. Dunn also had 267 digs, 105 kills, 54 blocks and 20 aces.
Gonzaga completed the 2006 season with a 9-20 record and a 4-10 record in the WCC. It's the best WCC finish in six years for the Zags.
The University of San Diego, which clinched the 2006 WCC 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. Second-place Pepperdine snagged two awards as well, with setter Kiah Fiers taking home WCC Freshman of the Year honors and senior libero Kekai Crabbe earning the WCC Defensive Player of the Year award.
2006 WCC All-Conference TeamsPlayer of the Year: Kristen Carlson, USDFreshman of the Year: Kiah Fiers, PEPDefensive Player of the Year: Kekai Crabbe, PEPCoach of the Year: Brent Hilliard, USD
First TeamLaurel Abrahamson, USD - JR, MBMandy Bible, SMC - SR, SKristen Carlson, USD - SR, OHAnna Cmaylo, SCU - JR, MBKekai Crabbe, PEP - SR, LChristie Dawson, USD - SR, MHKristin Hasselberg, USF - JR, OHHeather Hughes, LMU - JR, OP/OHChristina Kirk, SMC - SR, MB/OPKim McGiven, SCU - SR, OHSophia Milo, PEP - SR, MBJulie Rubenstein, PEP - SO, OH
Honorable Mention Gonzaga - Heather Dunn, Becky Jones Loyola Marymount - Christianna ReneauPepperdine - Kiah Fiers, Rachel LumsdenPortland - Murphy McClenahanSaint Mary's - Missie StidhamSan Diego - Jessica NyropSan Francisco - Alix GombosSanta Clara - Caroline Walters
All-Freshman TeamMegan Burton, PEP - SHaley Carroll, USF - LAndrea Csazi, USD - LLindsy Evans, SCU - SKiah Fiers, PEP - SRachel Lumsden, PEP - OHKayla Walker, PEP - OH