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Four WCC Volleyball Players Garner All-American Recognition by AVCA

Dec. 14, 2011

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Four West Coast Conference volleyball players garnered All-American distinction by the AVCA. Pepperdine's Kim Hill earned All-America First Team honors, while teammate Kellie Woolever, BYU's Jennifer Hamson, and San Diego's Chloe Ferrari were selected as All-America Honorable Mention.

As a first team selection, Hill just the second student-athlete in program history to earn first-team distinction, and just the fifth Wave overall to be honored as an AVCA All-American. Hill, who was named the 2011 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, led the Waves' to a 25-7 overall record. Pepperdine won the WCC title and advanced to the Regional Final of the NCAA Tournament.

Hill has racked up a long list of accolades this season. She earned AVCA All-Pacific Region first team honors, was voted WCC Player of the Month twice, picked up WCC Player of the Week a season-best four times, is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award and is a WCC All-Academic first team selection.

The senior leaves the indoor court with her named inked in several spots in the Pepperdine record book. She ranks No. 6 all-time with 1,300 kills and a .322 hitting percentage and is tied for third with 376 blocks.

Only in her second year as the starting setter for the Waves, teammate Woolever had a standout season in 2011. She quarterbacked the offense with 11.22 assists/set which led to a .253 team hitting percentage. The southpaw nailed down 1.18 kill/set herself to bring Pepperdine's team kills average to 14.45.

Woolever was recognized for her performance on several occasions this season. She was tabbed an AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention, an All-WCC First Team honoree and was voted WCC Player of the Week.

Sophomore opposite hitter Hamson helped bring the Cougars to a 21-9 season in 2011 by leading her team and the West Coast Conference in kills with 3.94 per set and ranking in the NCAA's top 25 for points per set, coming in at No. 22 with 4.88. Hamson started all 30 matches for BYU and also received All-Pacific Region accolades, WCC Player of the Week and Player of the Month awards and All-WCC First Team honors.

Sophomore middle hitter Ferrari led the Toreros with 355 kills and hit for a .385 clip. Ferrari helped lead USD into the second round of the NCAA Tournament as they defeated No. 23 Long Beach State, 3-1, in the first round. Ferrari was also named to the All-WCC First Team after leading the team with 169 kills in WCC play, while hitting .388, second best in the WCC, and recording 57 blocks.

Each of the three AVCA All-America Teams is comprised of 14 athletes. The Division I AVCA National Player of the Year will be announced on December 16 at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet presented by Zamst in San Antonio, Texas.

Of all of the First-Team honorees, exactly half are first-time All-American recipients. Through all three teams, exactly 14 have garnered All-American awards prior to 2011.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Santiago Restrepo, Oklahoma; Sherry Dunbar, Indiana; Lisa Seifert, Southern Methodist; Claire Lessinger, Southern Methodist; Jennifer Greeny, Washington State; Craig Skinner, Kentucky; Jeff Nelson, New Mexico; Tonya Johnson, Georgia Tech. The AVCA Awards Chair is Dayton head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield.

For the full list of All-America selections, click here .

Thanks to BYU Media Relations, Pepperdine Media Relations, and San Diego Media Relations