Dec. 4, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Four West Coast Conference student-athletes received AVCA All-Pacific Region honors last Tuesday in BYU junior Jennifer Hamson, BYU senior Nicole Warner, and Pepperdine juniors Jazmine Orozco and Kellie Woolever. BYU's Alexa Gray and Heather Hannemann and San Diego's Katie Hoekman were named AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention, while BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead was named AVCA Division I Pacific Region Coach of the Year.
This is the second time that opposite hitter Hamson received AVCA All-Pacific Region honors. Hamson currently leads the Cougars with 4.07 kills per set and is No. 18 in Division I volleyball for points per set with 5.03. She also averages 1.83 digs and 1.27 blocks per set. Warner led the country in blocking for most of November and now sits at No. 2 in the NCAA for blocks per set with 1.81. She is also No. 6 in hitting percentage, recording a .434 clip. Warner averages 1.77 kills per set.
Pepperdine outside hitter Orozco led the Waves with 3.84 kills per set. Orozco was named WCC Player of the Week twice this season and the WCC Player of the Month last October. Teammate Woolever also received all-region honors after ranking first in the WCC in assists and 20th in the NCAA with an 11.32 assists/set average. In addition to quarterbacking the offense, Woolever was vital on the defensive end with 3.21 digs/set.
Three student-athletes also earned AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention. WCC Freshman of the Year Gray, an outside hitter, averages 3.31 kills per set on .312 hitting. Hannemann averages 11.19 assists per set, good for No. 31 in NCAA Division I volleyball. Middle hitter Hoekman, a first-team All-WCC selection for a second consecutive season, paced the Torero offense this season with 294 kills (2.65 kps), while hitting for an impressive .389 clip. She also led the team in blocks with 123, 21 of which were solo. Hoekman, who took home one WCC Player of the Week award this season, was selected to the All-Tournament team twice this season.
Olmstead was honored as Pacific Region Coach of the Year for guiding the Cougars to their first WCC title since joining the league in 2011 and BYU's first since 2005. In just two years of coaching, Olmstead has recorded two 20-plus win seasons for an overall record of 49-12. This season Olmstead led BYU to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007 and a 28-3 record.
The Cougars will continue their season as they travel to Omaha, Neb. to take on Oregon in the NCAA Regionals on Friday at 2 p.m. PST.
Courtesy of BYU, Pepperdine and San Diego Sports Information