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Nine WCC Volleyball Student-Athletes Earn AVCA All-Region Honors

Dec. 10, 2013

COMPLETE AVCA RELASE

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Nine West Coast Conference volleyball student-athletes captured AVCA All-Region honors as announced by the organization today. San Diego head coach Jennifer Petrie was honored as the Pacific South Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in guiding the Toreros to a record-setting season. 

Three programs - BYU, Saint Mary's and San Diego - placed a multiple players on the all-region squads, led by three Toreros, two of them first team picks.

All-Region Notables

  • This is the second straight year a WCC coach has captured Regional Coach of the Year honors. BYU's Shawn Olmstead was named the 2012 Pacific Region's top coach.
  • Pepperdine places a student-athlete on the first team for a program record fourth consecutive season.
  • Gonzaga sophomore Kristina Graven (HM) becomes the first all-region selection for the Bulldogs since 1992.
  • WCC Player of the Year Chloe Ferrari (San Diego) earned her third overall and second first team all-region selection.
  • It is the first Regional Coach of the Year honoree for Petrie, a three-time WCC Coach of the Year 

UP NEXT FOR THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
For the first time since 2005, two WCC teams have advanced to the Sweet-16. Making its second straight trip past the second round, BYU faces No. 6 USC Friday in the regional semifinals in Los Angeles. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. San Diego will also be in action Friday when it takes on Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. in a 5:00 p.m. (PT) start. 

BYU
Sophomore Alexa Gray received AVCA All-Pacific South Region honors. Gray leads the Cougars with 3.91 kills per set and averages 4.35 points per set. Earlier this season, she was named to the All-WCC first team and was a WCC Player of the Week in September. Last season, Gray was named AVCA All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention.

Sophomore setter Camry Godfrey was named AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention. Godfrey averages 10.90 assists per set and finished second in the West Coast Conference in that same category. She also adds 2.19 digs per set for the Cougars. Her assists are good for No. 40 in NCAA Division I volleyball. 

GONZAGA
Kristina Graven had an impactful season for Gonzaga with 400 kills (3.92 kps), 56 blocks (0.55 bps) and 49 digs (0.48 dps). The All-West Coast Conference first-teamer finished the year with a .330 attack percentage which puts her in the GU record book for the second highest attack mark in program history. This year Blinn was tabbed WCC Player of the Week twice and guided the Bulldogs to the most league wins since 1994. GU wrapped up the 2013 season with an 11-16 record and a 7-11 WCC mark.  

PEPPERDINE
Becca Strehlow had a standout season in her first year in a Wave uniform. The sophomore setter ranked third in the West Coast Conference with 10.25 assists per set. She orchestrated Pepperdine's offense to a team hitting percentage of .243, good enough for fourth in the league standings. It is her all-around game, however, that sets Strehlow apart. On the defensive end, Strehlow averaged 2.79 digs (10th in the WCC) and 0.90 blocks (second on the team). 

SAINT MARY'S
Jordan Shaw, a senior from Woodside, Calif., was one of 14 players to earn a spot on the team. She was an All-West Coast Conference first team selection this season for the second time in her career, and also closed the season with WCC Player of the Month honors for the month of November. 

Statistically, Shaw enjoyed her finest season as a Gael as she wrapped up a storied career in Moraga. She led the team in kills (396) and kills per set (3.84) and ranked second on the team in digs with 265. In her final match at Saint Mary's, Shaw set the record for kills in a three-set match with 24 against UTEP. She finished her Saint Mary's career eighth on the all-time kills list with 1,087. 

Kristina Graven's final year in Moraga was just as impressive, as the San Jose, Calif. native finished second on the team in kills (364) and kills per set (3.57) en route to her second straight All-WCC first team selection. Perhaps her match of the season came close to home as her 30 kills, including the final four Saint Mary's scored in the fifth set, helped the Gaels rally to defeat Santa Clara in a tremendous five-set match.  

SAN DIEGO
Alaysia Brown, a first-team All-WCC honoree, had a great 2013 campaign, as she recorded the second most kills on the team with 315 (2.97 kps), while hitting for a .285 clip, and is third on the team in blocks with 61. Brown also played a pivotal role is USD winning the WCC championship, and sweeping away both UC Santa Barbara and Arizona in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, to help lead USD into the Sweet 16. 

Chloe Ferrari, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, had a strong senior season to tally a team-best 325 kills with an impressive .447 hitting percentage, as well as 98 blocks and 85 digs. Ferrari was named the WCC Player of the month for both September and October, as she helped guide USD to a program record 26-3 overall mark on the season, and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Ferrari was also tabbed WCC Player of the Week three times this season. 

C'era Oliveira, an All-WCC honorable mention, had an impressive senior campaign, in which she recorded a team-leading 503 digs (4.75 dps), which is the fifth most single-season digs in program history. Oliveira capped the season with an impressive 34-dig performance in the WCC championship match on Nov. 23. Not only was the 34 digs a career-high, but it was the third most single-match digs in USD history. Oliveira also cracked into the top-10 all-time in career digs with 1,320, placing her fourth all-time.

Pacific North Region First Team

 

 

 

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Jordan Shaw

Saint Mary's

OH

Sr.

Honorable Mention

 

 

 

Kristina Graven

Saint Mary's

OH

Sr.

Savannah Blinn

Gonzaga

OH

So.

Pacific South Region First Team

 

 

 

Name

School

Pos.

Yr.

Alaysia Brown

San Diego

OH

Jr.

Chloe Ferrari

San Diego

MB

Sr.

Alexa Gray

BYU

OH

So.

Becca Strehlow

Pepperdine

S

So.

Honorable Mention

 

 

 

Camry Godfrey

BYU

S

So.

C'era Oliveira

San Diego

L

Sr.

Pacific South Region Coach of the Year
Jennifer Petrie, San Diego

Content courtesy: BYUCougars.com, GoZags.com, PepperdineSports.com, SMCGaels.com and USDToreros.com