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The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) presented its 22nd annual All-America teams for Division I women’s volleyball, and the Big West Conference was well represented with the selection of five players. The announcement took place today in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with the 2002 NCAA Final Four.

UC Santa Barbara senior Danielle Bauer headed the list of Big West honorees with a spot on the All-America First Team. Long Beach State’s Brittany Hochevar and Pacific’s Jennifer Joines were bestowed with Second Team All-America recognition. The AVCA instituted a 12-member third team for the first time this season, as UC Santa Barbara’s Brooke Niles and Long Beach State’s Elisha Thomas landed on that list.

Bauer, the 2002 Big West Player of the Year, became just the fourth UC Santa Barbara player to be named a First Team All-American. The 5-11 middle blocker ranked in the Big West top 10 this season in hitting percentage (.328), kills per game (4.67) and blocks per game (1.16). She posted double-digit kills in 30 of 33 matches and finished her career with 1,552 putaways, second-best in program history.

Hochevar, a two-time All-Big West First Team pick, concluded her Long Beach State career as the record holder for service aces with 209. Known as one of the most versatile players in the nation, the 6-0 setter was ranked in the Big West top 10 in hitting percentage, assists per game and blocks per game. Hochevar also led the conference with 0.52 service aces per game. She topped all Big West players with five triple-doubles this season.

Joines earned All-America Second Team accolades for the third straight season. The 6-3 junior middle blocker was among the Big West leaders in three categories, including third in hitting percentage (.369), second in kills per game (4.99) and fourth in blocks per game (1.32). Joines recorded the third-highest single-season kills total with 554 and rose to second on the Pacific career chart with 1,572 putaways.

Niles emerged as one of the nation’s top setters, leading the Big West with 13.95 assists per game, which stands as the fourth-best mark in the conference record books. The 5-9 senior also placed fourth in the conference statistics with 3.55 digs per game and finished her career with 1,323 digs, fifth-most all-time at UC Santa Barbara. Niles directed a potent UCSB offense, which hit .286 on the year and helped the Gauchos finish conference play with an 18-0 record.

Thomas was a steadying force on the Long Beach State frontline this season, ranking fifth in the Big West with a .349 hitting percentage and second with a 1.51 blocks per game average. Her 3.75 kills per game also was ninth-best among Big West players. The 6-3 middle blocker recorded 1,025 career kills and 374 career block assists, which was fifth-most all-time in 49er annals. She had 145 block assists for the second-highest single-season mark in LBSU history.

With five AVCA All-American selections, the Big West has had its largest contingent of players recognized since the 1993 season, when six were honored.

Carolyn Zimmerman, who coached the Cal State Fullerton women's volleyball team during the 2002 season on an interim basis, signed a contract on Dec. 17 to continue as the team's head coach through the 2004 season.

Zimmerman, who spent seven seasons with the Titans' program as the top assistant coach to Mary Ellen Murchison, led Fullerton to a 5-26 overall record this past season. The Titans placed second at the Rose Hill Classic at Fordham in September and finished the year with a win against UC Riverside.

UC Santa Barbara mentor Kathy Gregory was selected as the 2002 AVCA/Tachikara Division I West Region Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Gregory has led the Gauchos to a 30-2 record, including a school-record 23-match winning streak to open the season. UCSB became only the seventh team in Big West history to finish with an undefeated record in conference play, as she piloted the team to an 18-0 mark and the school’s first-ever outright conference championship.

She became only the sixth Division I head coach to collect 700 career victories as she achieved the milestone in last week’s NCAA Tournament first round.

Gregory also received AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors in 1986, 1990 and 1993. She was chosen 1993 AVCA/Tachikara National Coach of the Year. She is now one of eight nominees on the ballot for National Coach of the Year, which will be announced on Thursday, December 19 in New Orleans.

The Big West was featured prominently on the 2002 AVCA All-West Region Team as six players received the honor on Wednesday. The 12-member All-West Region Team is composed of players from the Big West, Western Athletic and Mountain West Conferences.

UC Santa Barbara led all Big West schools with three honorees in junior Erica Menzel and seniors Danielle Bauer and Brooke Niles. Long Beach State was represented by seniors Brittany Hochevar and Elisha Thomas while Pacific’s Jennifer Joines was the only player on the entire team to accomplish the feat for the third time. Hochevar garnered the award for the second time.

In addition, Cal Poly’s Worthy Lien joined UC Irvine’s Rebecca Larsen and Kelly Wing as All-West Region Honorable Mention recipients.

UC Santa Barbara senior Danielle Bauer headlined the women’s volleyball all-conference team as the 2002 Big West Player of the Year, announced Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell today. UC Santa Barbara’s Megan Blackshire and Utah State’s Zuzana Cernianská were named Co-Big West Freshmen of the Year and Gaucho mentor Kathy Gregory collected Coach of the Year honors.

Bauer became the second Gaucho in school history to earn Player of the Year acclaim, joining Roberta Gehlke (1999) on that list. The 5-11 outside hitter/middle blocker ranked third in the conference in kills (4.81 kpg), seventh in blocks (1.16 bpg) and sixth in hitting percentage (.353). Bauer recorded double-digit kills in 27 of 29 matches and eclipsed the 20-kill mark on five occasions. She also produced 14 double-doubles and hit .300 or better in 18 matches. The native of Santa Ana, Calif., ranks third at UCSB all-time with 1,500 career kills and seventh with 315 total blocks. She is a three-time first team all-conference member.

Blackshire was the third Gaucho in the last five seasons and the fifth overall to garner Freshman of the Year acclaim. The 6-0 middle blocker started in 28 matches and hit .299 with 2.11 kills and 0.88 blocks per game. Blackshire also tallied 24 service aces and tied for second on the team in blocks per game.

Cernianská, a versatile 6-1 outside hitter/setter, became the second Utah State player to receive Freshman of the Year accolades (Denae Mohlman - 1997). The Prague, Czech Republic native ranked in the Big West top 10 in kills and service aces. She led the Aggies with 36 service aces and 242 digs, and placed second with 385 kills and 83 total blocks. Cernianská’s duties as a part-time setter also enabled her to post 412 assists and three triple-doubles, including 26 kills, 15 digs and 14 assists against Cal State Fullerton on November 8.

Gregory, in her 28th season at UC Santa Barbara, was selected Coach of the Year for the third time (1990, 1993). She guided the Gauchos to an 18-0 record in Big West play and their first outright conference championship. In the process, they became only the seventh team in history to complete the Big West slate with an unblemished record. Gregory’s troops are ranked No. 6 in the nation with a 28-1 record and have won four matches against top 25 opponents. She has an opportunity to collect her 700th career victory against top-ranked USC on November 26. Gregory is 699-292 and her 244 Big West victories ranks second all-time.

Eight of the 10 Big West schools were represented on the All-Big West First Team, led by UC Santa Barbara with four players. UC Irvine set a school record with three first team selections, while Cal Poly and Long Beach State had two apiece.

Bauer and Pacific’s Jennifer Joines made the first team for the third time in their careers, while Long Beach State’s Brittany Hochevar, Cal Poly’s Worthy Lien and UC Irvine’s Chanda McLeod secured their second appearances.

  • 2002 Big West Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team

    Four Big West players were named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's Volleyball teams on Thursday, November 14.

    The four players honored were Cal Poly sisters Kristen and Carly O'Halloran, Long Beach State's Brittany Hochevar and UC Santa Barbara's Danielle Bauer.

    Kristen O'Halloran was a first team selection for the second straight year, while Carly O'Halloran repeated as a second team pick. Kristen and Carly major in General Engineering and Liberal Studies, respectively.

    Hochevar garnered a spot on the six-member all-district first team for the first time. The senior majors in Journalism and is also a candidate for Big West Player of the Year honors.

    Bauer earned second team acclaim in her first appearance on the all-district team. The senior Law and Society major also has Big West Player of the Year credentials.

    In order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or an important reserve and be in at least their second season of competition at their current school.

    The six first team members are now on the National Verizon Women's Volleyball Academic All-America ballot. First, second and third team national winners will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

    A total of 80 eligible student-athletes were nominated by 32 different schools on the District VIII ballot.

    Name School Year Hometown Major
    Paige Benjamin Washington Sr. Redmond, WA Accounting
    Lauren Fendrick UCLA Sr. Carlsbad, CA Cognitive Sciences
    Brittany Hochevar Long Beach State Sr. Fowler, CO Journalism
    Ogonna Nnamani Stanford So. Normal, IL Biology
    Kristen O'Halloran Cal Poly Sr. Nipomo, CA General Engineering
    Janelle Ruen Eastern Washington Sr. Post Falls, ID Health & Wellness
    Name School Year Hometown Major
    Danielle Bauer UC Santa Barbara Sr. Santa Ana, CA Law & Society
    Tina Brennan Fresno State So. Woodinville, WA Liberal Studies
    Julia Leddy Arizona State Sr. Mesa, AZ Elementary Education
    Sara McGee Stanford Jr. Davis, CA Human Biology
    Stephanie Metcalf Weber State Sr. Willard, UT Lifestyle Management
    Carly O'Halloran Cal Poly Sr. Nipomo, CA Liberal Studies
    Lisa Rutledge Arizona Sr. Vista, CA Psychology
    Name School Year Hometown Major
    Cheryl Anglin Arizona State Jr. Queen Creek, AZ Nursing
    Courtney Bush Eastern Washington Jr. Gresham, OR Business Administration
    Laura Collins Oregon State Jr. Milwaukee, WI Business
    Laura Gustorf Loyola Marymount Sr. Stockton, CA Business Administration
    Java Johnson Fresno State Sr. Fresno, CA Computer Science
    Kim Turner Utah Jr. Chandler, AZ Elementary Education