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2002 All-WAC Volleyball Team

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DENVER The Western Athletic Conference 2002 postseason award winners were announced today as selected by the leagues head coaches.

Hawaii left side hitter Kim Willoughby earned her second-straight WAC Player of the Year honor. The junior is the first to earn back-to-back honors since Hawaiis Heather Bown during the 1998-99 seasons. Nevadas Salaia Salavea earned the Wolf Packs first Freshman of the Year honor, while Fresno States Lindy Vivas captured Coach of the Year accolades.

Six different schools were represented on the first team and eight overall. Hawaii, the first seed in the WAC Tournament, had four players named to the first team and three to the second team. Second-seeded Fresno State also had four named to the first team and added one on the second team.

For the seventh-straight year, Hawaii boasts the Player of the Year. Willoughby has been among the nations leaders in kills per game, hitting percentage and aces all season. The junior leads the WAC in kills per game (6.29 kpg) and has been named National Player of the Week once this season.

Nevadas Salaia Salavea earned the schools first Freshman of the Year honor as she was third in blocks (1.42 bpg) in league matches. She also helped lead the Wolf Pack to a 19-win season and the third seed in the WAC Tournament.

This is the third Coach of the Year honor for Vivas, as she also earned the award in 1992 and 1997 (Pacific Division). Vivas led the Bulldogs to a 22-5 regular season finish and the second-best record in the WAC.

The WAC Tournament will begin Friday, Nov. 22 in Reno, Nev. The first match will see top-seede Hawaii take on No. 8 Louisiana Tech, followed by No. 4 San Jose State against No. 5 and Eastern Division champ Rice. In the second session, No. 2 Fresno State will battle No. 7 SMU, while No. 3 Nevada will face No. 6 UTEP.


2002 WAC VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON AWARD WINNERS

All-Conference
First Team Team Pos. Yr.

Whitney Arena FS S So.
Lauren Duggins UH MB Jr.
Kristen Fenton FS OH So.
Carrie Hartt FS MB Jr.
Lily Kahumoku UH LS Jr.
Java Johnson FS S Sr.
Leslie Lasiter SMU MB Sr.
Michelle More UN MB Sr.
Stephanie Pascucci SJSU MB Sr.
Rebeca Pazo Rice OH So.
Margaret Vakasausau UH S Sr.
Kim Willoughby UH OH Jr.



Second Team Team Pos. Yr.
Jennifer Abbruzzesse UTEP OH Jr.
Christy Burnett FS OH Sr.
Jennifer Carey UH S Sr.
Briana Cook Rice MB Sr.
Jill Couwenhoven UN S Sr.
Sarah Davis UTEP L Sr.
Rebecca Kainz RU MB So.
Karin Lundqvist UH MH Jr.
Lia Mora LT S So.
Salaia Salavea UN MB Fr.
Cristine SantAnna LT RS Jr.
Melissa Villaroman UH L Jr.

Player of the Year:Kim Willoughby, UH
Freshman of the Year:Salaia Salavea, UN
Coach of the Year:Lindy Vivas, FS







Volleyball
WAC
Overall
New Mexico State
14-2
22-11
Bakersfield
12-4
21-12
Idaho
11-5
19-11
Utah Valley
11-5
18-15
Kansas City
9-7
15-14
Seattle U
9-7
13-20
Grand Canyon
4-12
12-19
Texas-Pan American
2-14
13-20
Chicago State
0-16
2-29
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