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West Coast Conference Announces 2012 Postseason Award Winners, All-WCC Teams

2012 WCC Volleyball Player of the Year: Jennifer Hamson, BYU
 
2012 WCC Volleyball Player of the Year: Jennifer Hamson, BYU
 
 

Nov. 26, 2012

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- BYU and San Diego finished as the 2012 West Coast Conference Co-Champions. After receiving the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament with a 26-3 overall record and 13-3 conference record, the Cougars also claimed four postseason awards, as voted on by the WCC head coaches.

Junior opposite Jennifer Hamson earned WCC Player of the Year honors. Alexa Gray was named 2012 WCC Freshman of the Year. The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year award was split three ways in BYU's middle blocker Nicole Warner, Loyola Marymount's defensive specialist Betsi Metter, and San Francisco's outside hitter Rebecca Kopilovitch. BYU also captured the WCC Coach of the Year award as the conference head coaches selected BYU's Shawn Olmstead.

There has been strong volleyball competition within the WCC, and this season proved no different. This year, seven of the nine teams owned top 60 RPIs in the latest NCAA Volleyball RPI report (November 19, 2012), while four were ranked at least once in the AVCA Coaches Poll throughout the season (with two ranked consistently throughout the year in BYU and San Diego).

With the 2012 WCC season officially complete, six WCC schools will represent the WCC in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, as announced Sunday by the NCAA on ESPNU. WCC co-champion BYU, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's, WCC co-champion San Diego, and Santa Clara will represent the league in the field of 64.

2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year
Jennifer Hamson, BYU, Jr., Opposite

2012 West Coast Conference Defensive Players of the Year
Rebecca Kopilovitch, San Francisco, So., Outside Hitter/Libero
Betsi Metter, Loyola Marymount, Jr., Defensive Specialist
Nicole Warner, BYU, Sr., Middle Blocker

2012 West Coast Conference Freshman Player of the Year
Alexa Gray, BYU, Outside Hitter

2012 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year
Shawn Olmstead, BYU

2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Player Yr. Pos. School
Megan Anders Jr. MB Santa Clara
Chloe Ferrari Jr. MH San Diego
Kristina Graven Jr. OH Saint Mary's
Alexa Gray Fr. OH BYU
Jennifer Hamson Jr. OPP BYU
Katie Hoekman Jr. MH San Diego
Gabby Jolly Sr. MB Saint Mary's
Kathleen Luft Jr. OH Loyola Marymount
Jazmine Orozco Jr. OH Pepperdine
Nicole Warner Sr. MB BYU
Kellie Woolever Jr. S Pepperdine
Valentina Zaloznik So. MB San Francisco

2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION
Victoria Adelhelm, PEP; Rachel Alvey, USD; Carrie Baird, USD; Alaysia Brown, USD; Lauren Corp, SMC; Kylie Edinger, GON; Ester de Vries, USF; Heather Hannemann, BYU; Litara Keil, LMU; Rebecca Kopilovitch, USF; Jocelyn Levig, USF; Betsi Metter, LMU; Taylor Milton, SCU; Ariel Usher, POR

2012 ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE FRESHMAN TEAM

Player Pos. School
Savannah Blinn OH Gonzaga
Kimberly Dahl OH BYU
Ester de Vries OH San Francisco
Dalas Dodd S Saint Mary's
Alexa Gray OH BYU
Taylor Racich OPP Pepperdine
Hannah Tedrow S Loyola Marymount