Dec. 4, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its All-Region teams today, with Husky outside hitters Krista Vansant and Kylin Muñoz each earning their first career honors. Vansant was named to the main 14-player All-Pacific Region Team while Muñoz earned honorable mention.
The Pacific Region Team is even more selective than the All-Pac-12 Team, as the Pacific Region includes the entire Pac-12 conference as well as the West Coast Conference and Big Sky Conference. The Region honors followed the lead of the All-Pac-12 Team for UW, as Vansant was an All-Pac-12 selection and Muñoz was honorable mention All-Pac-12 last week. Last season, Vansant was named the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year.
Vansant, a sophomore, and the senior Muñoz are now both eligible for AVCA All-America honors.
The two are Washington's top-two point producers this season. Vansant (Redlands, Calif.) has ranked among the top outside hitters in the Pac-12 all season, averaging 4.64 points per set while raising her attack percentage (.265), blocks average (0.75) and digs average (2.33).
Muñoz is the only outside hitter ranked in the top-10 in blocks in the Pac-12, and the only player in the top-10 in both blocks and service aces. Her blocking average is up to 1.22 per set, and her 36 service aces lead the team and rank third in the Pac-12. Muñoz averages 3.23 points per set, and has hit .265 this year, continuing a big upward trend from .228 in 2011 and .159 in 2010.
The Huskies (25-6) continue their NCAA tournament quest this Friday, Dec. 7, in Omaha, Neb. where they will face fourth-seeded Nebraska at 4 p.m. Pacific time in a round of 16 match. The match will be live on ESPN3.com.
All-Pacific Region Team
Name School Position Year
Inky Ajanaku Stanford University MB Fr.
Alaina Bergsma** University of Oregon OH Sr
Liz Brenner University of Oregon OH Soph.
Samantha Bricio University of Southern California OH Fr.
Katie Fuller University of Southern California OPP Sr
Natalie Hagglund** University of Southern California Libero Jr.
Jennifer Hamson** Brigham Young University OPP Jr.
Tabi Love UCLA OH Jr.
Jazmine Orozco Pepperdine University OH Jr.
Lauren Plum University of Oregon Setter Jr.
Krista Vansant University of Washington OH Soph.
Nicole Warner Brigham Young University MB Sr
Kellie Woolever Pepperdine University Setter Jr.
Carly Wopat** Stanford University MB Jr.
Region Freshman of the Year: Samantha Bricio, USC, OH
Name School Position Year
Haley Jacob University of Oregon Libero Sr
Katie Hoekman University of San Diego MB Jr.
Heather Hannemann Brigham Young University Setter Sr
Rachael Kidder UCLA OH Sr
Alexa Gray Brigham Young University OH Fr.
Kylin Munoz University of Washington OPP Sr