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LONG BEACH STATE’S WEAVER HEADLINES BIG WEST ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

IRVINE, CA -- The 2001 Big West Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team was announced today, and for the second straight year Long Beach State’s Cheryl Weaver was named the conference’s Player of the Year. Long Beach State’s Brian Gimmillaro was recognized as Big West Coach of the Year, while Cal Poly’s Jessica Diepersloot was honored as Big West Freshman of the Year.

Weaver joined a select list of Long Beach State players – Misty May, Danielle Scott, Tara Cross – who have earned Big West Player of the Year honors at least twice. The 6-2 middle blocker finished the regular season as the conference leader in hitting percentage (.443) while ranking third in kills per game (4.62) and seventh in blocks per game (1.18 bpg). Weaver was selected Big West Player of the Week on four occasions and registered double-digit kills in all but two of LBSU’s 28 matches. The native of Washington D.C. hit above .400 in matches against top 25 opponents Nebraska, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Pacific and Brigham Young.

Diepersloot became the first Cal Poly player to garner Freshman of the Year honors since Anja Knutsen in 1989. Diepersloot, a 6-1 outside hitter, led the Mustangs with 212 digs and finished second in kills with 294. The native of Chowchilla, Calif. recorded 17 matches with double-figure kills and sported five double-doubles on the season. Diepersloot also averaged 0.71 blocks per game.

Gimmillaro received the top coaching honor on the basis of leading Long Beach State to an undefeated record in the regular season (28-0) and a current nine-week stay as the nation’s top-ranked team in the USA Today/AVCA poll. In his 17th season at the helm of the 49ers, this is Gimmillaro’s sixth Big West Coach of the Year award. He also received the accolade in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Gimmillaro led the 49ers to their eighth Big West championship with an unblemished 18-0 record, marking the fourth time during his tenure that LBSU has gone undefeated in conference play.

Long Beach State led the 15-member All-Big West Team with four representatives, followed by Pacific with three. UC Santa Barbara and Utah State had two selections.

Weaver and Long Beach State teammate Tayyiba Haneef were selected to the All-Big West First Team for the third time. Pacific’s Jamie Hamm and Jennifer Joines, along with UC Santa Barbara’s Danielle Bauer made the First Team for the second time.

2001 BIG WEST WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Danielle Bauer^ UC Santa Barbara 5-11 Jr. MB Santa Ana, CA
Katie Crawford Cal State Fullerton 6-1 Sr. MB El Segundo, CA
Jamie Hamm^ Pacific 6-0 Sr. OH Bellevue, NE
Tayyiba Haneef+ Long Beach State 6-7 Sr. OH Laguna Hills, CA
Megan Hauschild Pacific 5-10 Jr. S Sacramento, CA
Brittany Hochevar Long Beach State 6-0 Jr. OH Fowler, CO
Jennifer Joines^ Pacific 6-3 So. MB Milpitas, CA
Brie Lampe UC Santa Barbara 6-0 Sr. OH Nevada City, CA
Worthy Lien Cal Poly 6-2 Jr. MB La Habra, CA
Michelle Matheson Utah State 6-0 Sr. MB Moreno Valley, CA
Chanda McLeod UC Irvine 5-11 Jr. OH Huntington Beach, CA
Chelsi Neves Utah State 5-10 Sr. S Otto, WY
Keri Nishimoto Long Beach State 5-7 Sr. S Redlands, CA
Laura Walter Cal State Northridge 6-0 Sr. OPP Berlin, Germany
Cheryl Weaver+ Long Beach State 6-2 Sr. MB Washington, D.C.
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Lisa Borom Utah State 6-1 Sr. OH Las Vegas, NV
Erin Cartwright Utah State 6-1 So. MB Hyrum, UT
Elaine Goeders Pacific 6-1 Jr. MB Apple Valley, MN
Erica Menzel UC Santa Barbara 5-9 So. OH Santa Barbara, CA
Brooke Niles UC Santa Barbara 5-9 Jr. S/OH Woodland Hills, CA
Carly O’Halloran Cal Poly 6-0 Jr. S Nipomo, CA
Heather Olmstead Utah State 5-9 Sr. DS/OH Carpinteria, CA
Elisha Thomas Long Beach State 6-2 Jr. MB Grass Valley, CA
 
HONORABLE MENTION
Player School Ht. Pos. Hometown
Jessica Diepersloot Cal Poly 6-1 OH Chowchilla, CA
Nadine Nickel Cal State Northridge 5-7 S Vellmar, Germany
Kelly Wing UC Irvine 5-11 OH Murrieta, CA
Shannon Burmaster UC Riverside 6-0 OH San Luis Obispo, CA
Niki Carroll UC Santa Barbara 6-3 MB Yucaipa, CA
Brooke Haeberle Idaho 5-10 OH Omak, WA
Laura McCaffrey Idaho 6-0 OH Fort Collins, CO
^Two-time All-Big West First Team selection
+Three-time All-Big West First Team selection

2001 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cheryl Weaver, Long Beach State

2001 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jessica Diepersloot, Cal Poly

2001 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Brian Gimmillaro, Long Beach State

FOUR BIG WEST PLAYERS EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Four Big West players were honored today by being named to the 2000 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America teams.

Long Beach State's Cheryl Weaver and Pacific's Kara Gormsen, the 2000 Big West Co-Players of the Year, were selected to the first team. Pacific's Jennifer Joines, the 2000 Big West Freshman of the Year, and UC Santa Barbara's Brooke Rundle were named to the second team.

This is the third time in the last four seasons the Big West has had four players garner All-American honors. Weaver joined Stanford's Logan Tom as the only two players to repeat on the All-America First Team.

BIG WEST PLACES FIVE ON AVCA ALL-WEST REGION TEAM

Five Big West players were honored with spots on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region Team, it was announced on Wednesday.

The All-West Region Team is comprised of 12 players from the Big West, Mountain West and Western Athletic Conferences. The West is one of eight regions that comprise the entire United States.

Big West honorees include Kara Gormsen and Jennifer Joines from Pacific, Cal Poly's Melanie Hathaway, UC Santa Barbara's Brooke Rundle and Long Beach State's Cheryl Weaver. For Rundle and Weaver, this is the second time that they have received all-region accolades.

Joines also was named the West Region Freshman of the Year. The 6-3 middle blocker already had earned Big West Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the all-conference first team. She is the Big West leader in hitting percentage (.413) and blocks (1.62 bpg).

2000 ALL-WEST REGION TEAM
       
Player School Pos. Yr.
Courtney Cox Colorado State OH Jr.
Joslynn Gallop San Jose State MB Sr.
KARA GORMSEN PACIFIC S Sr.
Maja Gustin Hawai'i MB Fr.
MELANIE HATHAWAY CAL POLY OH Sr.
JENNIFER JOINES PACIFIC MB Fr.
Lily Kahumoku Hawai'i OH So.
Angela Knopf Colorado State MB Jr.
Nina Puikkonen Brigham Young MB Jr.
BROOKE RUNDLE UC SANTA BARBARA S Jr.
Sunny Tonga Brigham Young RS/Opp So.
CHERYL WEAVER LONG BEACH STATE MB Jr.
       
Region Freshman of the Year: Jennifer Joines, Pacific

PACIFIC’S GORMSEN, LONG BEACH STATE’S WEAVER HEAD ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
Kara Gormsen of Pacific and Cheryl Weaver of Long Beach State headlined the 2000 Big West Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team, which was announced today by Commissioner Dennis Farrell. Gormsen and Weaver were named Co-Big West Players of the Year, while Pacific’s Jennifer Joines and John Dunning were recognized as Freshman and Coach of the Year, respectively.
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UC SANTA BARBARA'S GEHLKE, PACIFIC'S STEGEMANN NAMED CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR; FOUR LONG BEACH STATE PLAYERS SELECTED TO FIRST TEAM
Seniors Roberta Gehlke of UC Santa Barbara and Elsa Stegemann of Pacific were selected Big West Women's Volleyball Co-Players of the Year by the conference's head coaches today. Gehlke and Stegemann, who are returning All-Americans, head the 1999 Big West All-Conference team.
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