Washington State Volleyball Announces Season Awards

March 12, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Seven Washington State University volleyball players were accorded honors for the 2007 season at a team dinner held earlier this month.

Senior Tara West, a middle blocker from Perth, Australia, and Kelly Hyder, a sophomore libero from Huntington Beach, Calif., tied for the team's most valuable player accolades.

West led the team and was eighth in the conference in blocks with a 1.24 blocks per game average. She also led the team in points per game (3.71) and hitting percentage (.241). She was selected MVP of the Baden Cougar Challenge tournament. West was named to the Pac-10 all-Academic first team, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team, and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America national third team.

Hyder became the seventh Cougar in school history to reach 1,000 career digs. Her two-year total of 1,089 digs ranks sixth in WSU records. Hyder has the top two spots on the single-season records with over 500 digs each season. Her 5.03 digs per game average ranked fourth-best in the Pac-10. She was named to the Nevada AT&T and Denver Pioneer Classic all-tournament teams.

The Coaches Award went to sophomore Jackie Albright (Lake Forest, Calif.). Albright, a left-side hitter, played a number of different positions during the 2007 season and was second on the team in kills per game (2.86) and in digs per game (2.58). She was named to the Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

Brittany Tillman, a freshman middle blocker from Tacoma, Wash., was named the Most Improved Player. Tillman had 24 starts and played in 27 of WSU's 32 matches. Her 0.73 blocks per game average was fourth-best on the team.

The Strength and Conditioning award went to junior left-side hitter Brittany Johnson (Phoenix, Ariz.). In addition to her prowess in the Cougar weight room, Johnson excelled on the court, being named to the Baden Cougar Challenge, Montana State Holiday Inn Classic and Nevada AT&T Invite all-tournament teams. She was also a Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection and was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII second team.

A pair of seniors shared the Most Inspirational honors. Co-captains Maureen Perez and Adetokunbo Faleti were tabbed for the award. Perez, a setter from Vancouver, Wash., averaged 11.10 assists per game which was eighth-best in Pac-10. She was also the team's top server with 23 aces (0.21 sapg) and her 2.15 dpg average was third-highest on team. Perez was named to the Baden Cougar Challenge and Montana State Holiday Inn Classic all-tournament teams. She also was named to the Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team. Faleti, a right-side hitter from Arlington, Texas, had a 3.15 kills per game average in 73 games (26 matches) to lead the Cougars offensively in spite of a bruised knee that kept her out of action off-and-on during the season. Faleti was named to the Pac-10 honorable mention All-Academic team.

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