Nov. 26, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The 19th-ranked University of San Diego women's volleyball team had five players earn All-West Coast Conference honors, highlighted by both junior middle hitters, Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman, taking home first-team honors. Taking home All-WCC honorable mention honors was junior setter Rachel Alvey, senior outside hitter Carrie Baird, and sophomore right side Alaysia Brown.
Ferrari, a three-time All-WCC selection, finished the season with 237 kills (2.69 kps), while hitting for a .367 clip. Ferrari also was third on the team in blocks with 51, 12 of which were solo blocks. In WCC action, Ferrari recorded 142 kills, while hitting at a .340 clip, and she recorded 30 blocks. Ferrari was tabbed the Tournament MVP for the USD Tournament back in September.
Hoekman, a two-time All-WCC honoree, paced the Torero offense this season, with 285 kills (2.69 kps), while hitting for an impressive .388 clip, and she led the team in blocks with 117, 19 of which were solo. In WCC action, Hokeman was second on the team in kills with 179, while hitting for a .386 clip and as he led the team in blocks with 84. Hoekman, who took home one WCC Player of the Week award this season, was selected to the All-Tournament tam at the USC Tournament and at the USD Tournament.
Alvey, a first-time All-WCC honoree, led the team with 1,008 assists, added in 260 digs, while also helping lead the USD hitters to a .239 team attack percentage. In WCC action, Alvey recorded 678 assists, while also recording 170 digs, and she helped steer the USD offense to a .237 team attack percentage. Alvey, who took home one WCC Player of the Week award this season, was also named to the All-Tournament team at the Burnt Orange Classic back in August.
Baird, is a second-time All-WCC honoree, had her best season in a Torero uniform, as she was third on the team in kills with 254, while racking up the second most digs with 270. In WCC action, Baird recorded 164 kills, while placing second in digs with 158.
Brown, a first-team All-WCC honoree, had a break-out type season for the Toreros, as she bursted onto the scene and finished the regular-season with the second most kills (271), and second most blocks (71). In WCC action, she recorded 166 kills and 52 blocks, again both the second highest on the team. Brown was also selected to the All-Tournament team for the USC Tournament.
All five of these ladies, as well as the rest of the Toreros, will return to action on Friday, as they open play in the NCAA Tournament against Michigan State at 5:30 p.m. Inside of Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. The winner of this match will then play the winner of the UCLA and Long Island match on Saturday at 7 p.m., also inside of Pauley Pavilion.
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
Megan Anders, Santa Clara, MB, JR
Chloe Ferrari, San Diego, MH, JR
Kristina Graven, Saint Mary's, OH, JR
Alexa Gray, BYU, OH, FR
Jennifer Hamson, BYU, OPP, JR
Katie Hoekman, San Diego, MH, JR
Gabby Jolly, Saint Mary's, MB, SR
Kathleen Luft, Loyola Marymount, OH, JR
Jazmine Orozco, Pepperdine, OH, JR
Nicole Warner, BYU, MB, SR
Kellie Woolever, Pepperdine, S, JR
Valentina Zaloznik, San Francisco, MB, SO
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
Savannah Blinn, Gonzaga, OH
Kimberly Dahl, BYU, OH
Ester de Vries, San Francisco, OH
Dalad Dodd, Saint Mary's, S
Alexa Gray, BYU, OH
Taylor Racich, Pepperdine, OPP
Hannah Tedrow, Loyola Marymount, S