The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2015 AVCA All-Region Team today and three Big West athletes were recognized on the elite list. Hawai’i’s Olivia Magill and Nikki Taylor, 2015 Big West Player of the Year, were named to the AVCA All-Pacific North Region Team, while Long Beach State’s Jenelle Hudson received All-Pacific South Region Team recognition.
Collecting her third all-region honor, Magill, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker, leads the conference with a .415 hitting percentage and 1.49 blocks per set average. The senior from Shoreline, Wash., is currently ranked 12th in the NCAA in blocks per set and No. 14 in the nation in hitting percentage. She also paces the league in total blocks (148), solo blocks (18) and block assists (130). The two-time All-Big West First Teamer collected Big West Defensive Player of the Week honors back on Oct. 12, after tying her season high with 11 blocks, including a career-high three solo that helped limit the 49ers to .097 hitting for the contest.
Taylor paces the Big West in three categories - points, kills and service aces - while also ranking among the best in the nation. She is averaging 5.41 points per set during the season to grab the fifth spot in the country. The Honolulu, Hawai’i, native also sits 18th in kills per set (4.36) and 21st in service ace average (.43). The 6-foot-4 opposite collected five Big West Player of the Week honors over the course of the season, the highest single-season total since Cal Poly’s Kylie Atherstone garnered six in 2007. She also received AVCA/Sports Imports and ESPNW National Player of the Week awards the week of September 14 following an impressive performance at the Outrigger Resort Volleyball Challenge that included a career-best 27-kill performance against nationally-ranked Florida.
Hudson led the conference in assists per set with 10.74, helping the Long Beach State rank second in the Big West in kills per set, trailing only conference champions Hawai’i. She also guided the 49ers to a .258 hitting percentage to place second in the league. The 5-foot-8 setter from San Diego, Calif., finished third on the team with 2.37 digs per set, led the team with 22 service aces and recorded 117 kills with a .304 attack percentage.