Dec. 12, 2012
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Six West Coast Conference volleyball players earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America honors, as announced by the AVCA on Wednesday. BYU junior opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson was named a 2012 Division I First-Team All-American, while Pepperdine's Kellie Woolever was selected as a Third-Team All-American. Four more WCC athletes received Honorable Mention.
Hamson led the Cougars to a 28-4 season record, BYU's best finish since 1999, and a spot in the NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2007. During the season Hamson totaled 458 kills (4.09 per set) while hitting .362, 206 digs (1.84 per set) and 328 blocks (1.26 per set). She was named All-Pacific Region First Team, WCC Player of the Year, WCC Player of the Month (September and November) and WCC Player of the Week three times.
Woolever, who was tabbed an All-WCC first team selection for the second time in 2012, led the conference and sat in 20th in the NCAA with 11.32 assists/set. She quarterbacked Pepperdine's offense to a .257 team hitting percentage which ranked third in the league and 25th amongst all Division I programs.
The WCC also saw four student-athletes named to the AVCA Honorable Mention. BYU senior middle blocker Nicole Warner, BYU senior setter Heather Hannemann, BYU freshman outside hitter Alexa Gray and Pepperdine junior outside hitter Jazmine Orozco were on the honors list.
Hannemann averaged 11.17 assists per set for the Cougars (1,251 total) and ended her career with 2,486 assists, good for eighth place in BYU history. She averaged 2.41 digs (270 total) and had 38 blocks. A two-year starter, Hannemann also received All-WCC Honorable Mention and All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention.
In her debut season as a Cougar, Gray was second on the team in kills with 365 (3.26 per set) while hitting .308. Her kills total included 19 double-figure outings. She also totaled 67 blocks and 71 digs. Gray was named WCC Freshman of the Year for her performance and received All-Pacific Region Honorable Mention.
Warner, led the nation in blocks per set through most of November, finishing with 202 total and a 1.80 average. She also led the Cougars in hitting percentage at .423. Warner finishes her career No. 3 all-time at BYU for career block assists and No. 4 all-time for total career blocks.
Orozco, in her first season in Malibu in 2012, paced the Waves and ranked third in the WCC with 3.84 kills/set. She totaled 449 kills during her junior campaign which ranks sixth in Pepperdine's single-season (rally scoring era only) record book. The junior outside hitter has picked up a myriad of awards this season, including All-WCC first team, WCC Player of the Month (October), NCAA Player of the Week (9/18) and WCC Player of the Week twice.
For a complete list of All-America honorees, visit here.
Courtesy of BYU and Pepperdine Sports Information