Dec. 11, 2008
After a highly successful volleyball season, in which the WCC sent the highest percentage of teams of any conference to the NCAA tournament (62.5), four players have been recognized for their efforts and placed on the AVCA Pacific All-Region Team. All four players were on teams that competed in the national tournament, putting a close on a strong season. Headlining the list is Broncos' senior middle blocker, Anna Cmaylo, who was named to the list for the third time in her career. Following Cmaylo are San Diego teammates, junior outside hitter, Amy DeGroot, and senior setter Jessica Nyrop. Closing out the the group is Waves' senior outside hitter, Julie Rubenstein.
Cmaylo received her first postseason award of the season as she was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team. Cmaylo led the Broncos with 106 blocks and a 37.6 hitting percentage. The middle blocker shattered Santa Clara's 15-year-old career block assists record this season and set the new mark at 399. For her efforts, Cmaylo was twice named the WCC's Player of the Week (Sept. 22 and Oct. 6). In the league, she was second in hitting percentage, third in blocks, eighth in points and aces, and ninth in kills. For her career, Cmaylo is No. 1 in block assists (399); No. 2 in Hitting PCT (.365); No. 3 in total blocks (449); No. 3 in block average (1.12); No. 9 in kills (1,247); and No. 9 in kill average (3.11 k/s).
DeGroot, the 2008 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, takes home her first All-Region honor after pacing the Torero offense with her team-leading 392 kills (4.22 kps) and was second on the team in digs with 231. DeGroot was also named the MVP of both the Aztec Invitational tournament and the USD Tournament. On the season, DeGroot won the conference's player of the week award four times, the most of any player this year.
Nyrop, a first-team All-WCC honoree, led the team with 1,012 assists on the season, and helped lead the USD offense to a .270 attack percentage, good for fifth best team attack percentage in the nation. Nyrop took home all-tournament honors at both the Aztec Invitational and USD Tournament and also earned one WCC Player of the Week award.
Rubenstein earned All-West Coast Conference honors in each of her four seasons, including the last three on the first team. Rubenstein was also voted Pepperdine's Female Student-Athlete of the Year for 2007-08, is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, a two-time WCC All-Academic selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. She is Pepperdine's first AVCA All-Region honoree since 2003. Rubenstein led the WCC in both kills (4.42) and points (5.14) per set in 2008. She finished her career third all-time at Pepperdine with 1,743 kills. Quite impressively, she never missed a set in her four-year career, playing in all 423.
All four players are now eligible for AVCA All-American honors, to be announced later next week.