Pac-12 announces 2021 women's volleyball postseason honors
2021 Pac-12 Player of the Year: Mac May, UCLA
2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year: Kami Miner, Stanford
2021 Pac-12 Setter of the Year: Ella May Powell, Washington
2021 Pac-12 Libero of the Year: Zoe Fleck, UCLA
2021 Co-Pac-12 Coaches of the Year: Jen Greeny, Washington State and Michael Sealy, UCLA
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 announced today the All-Pac-12 honors for the 2021 women's volleyball season, as selected by a polling of the Conference's head coaches.
UCLA's Mac May was voted Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second time (2019); Stanford's Kami Miner was tabbed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year; Washington's Ella May Powell and UCLA's Zoe Fleck repeated as individual award winners, Powell earning her second consecutive Pac-12 Setter of the Year honor and Fleck her second straight selection as Pac-12 Libero of the Year; and Washington State's Jen Greeny and UCLA's Michael Sealy were voted Co-Pac-12 Coaches of the Year.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Mac May, OH/OPP, UCLA (Dubuque, Iowa)
Mac May is the seventh in Conference history to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year multiple times, and second from UCLA (Daiva Tomkus - 1988, 1989). When she won in 2019, she became the sixth Bruin and first since 1994 to earn the Conference’s top honor. May keyed her squad to a 23-5 regular-season record and a runner-up Pac-12 finish (16-4), UCLA's best in five seasons. The only player in program history to lead UCLA in kills in four seasons, she eclipsed 2,000 career kills last Friday, becoming the 10th in Pac-12 history to reach the milestone. May will begin the postseason ranked 11th nationally in kills per set (4.76) and ninth in points per set (5.42), averages that are second in the Conference.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Kami Miner, S, Stanford (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Kami Miner is Stanford's record 13th Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and first since Kathryn Plummer in 2016. Eighth nationally in assists per set (11.42) and the team leader with nine double-doubles, the first-year collegian has set the Cardinal to a .282 hitting percentage, a clip that is second in the Conference and 14th in the country. Also a four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week this season, Miner and Stanford wrapped up their regular season with an 18-10 overall mark and finished tied for fourth in the league standings with a 13-7 Pac-12 record.
SETTER OF THE YEAR - Ella May Powell, S, Washington (Fayetteville, Ark.)
Ella May Powell, the first from Washington to be voted Pac-12 Setter of the Year last season, was again recognized as the best at her position in 2021. She is averaging 10.91 assists per set for the Pac-12 champion Huskies (17-3), who reeled off 17 wins in their last 18 matches to win the program's second consecutive Conference title and seventh overall. Second in the league and 21st in the country in assists per set, Powell has led an efficient UW attack to hit a Pac-12 best .285 this season, a percentage good for 10th in the country.
LIBERO OF THE YEAR - Zoe Fleck, DS/L, UCLA (Granada Hills, Calif.)
Zoe Fleck is the Pac-12 Libero of the Year for the second consecutive season and joins Taylor Formico (2015, 2016) as Bruins to win the award twice. She leads UCLA with 414 digs, averaging 3.94 per set, and was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award winner this season on Oct. 11 and Nov. 1.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR - Jen Greeny, Washington State
Washington State's fourth Pac-12 Coach of the Year award overall is the second for Jen Greeny, who also was recognized by her peers in 2016. She guided the Cougs to 13 Pac-12 victories this season, her most as head coach and the program's most since 1996 (14). WSU finished the regular season 19-11, including four top-25 wins, and earned its sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, the longest run of success for any program in Washington State Athletics history. One of just 17 teams to qualify for the past six NCAA Tournaments, Washington State will be making its 16th all-time postseason appearance.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR - Michael Sealy, UCLA
Michael Sealy is Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the first time after guiding the Bruins to a 23-5 record and the best regular-season winning percentage of his tenure (.824). UCLA's 23 regular-season victories are its most in five seasons and the Bruins' 16 Conference wins are its most since their 2011 national championship campaign (17). It's the sixth Pac-12 Coach of the Year award for UCLA all-time, joining Andy Banachowski's honors from 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994 and 1998.
Below is the 18-member All-Pac-12 team and seven-member Pac-12 All-Freshman team, also voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. Head coaches were not allowed to vote for their own player or themselves. Players must appear in two-thirds of their institution’s Conference matches to be eligible for Pac-12 postseason awards. Six Pac-12 teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament, which begins this week, the 21st time in the past 22 seasons the Conference has sent at least that many programs to the postseason.
2021 ALL-PAC-12 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
|Karson Bacon, Oregon||MB||6-4||Fontana, Calif.|
|Caitie Baird, Stanford**||OH||6-3||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Brooke Botkin, USC***||OH||6-2||Houston, Texas|
|Anna Dodson, UCLA||MB||6-5||Fort Collins, Colo.|
|Samantha Drechsel, Washington**||OH||6-4||Woodinville, Wash.|
|Dani Drews, Utah****||OH||6-0||Sandy, Utah|
|Zoe Fleck, UCLA**||DS/L||5-6||Granada Hills, Calif.|
|Marin Grote, Washington||MB||6-4||Burbank, Calif.|
|Claire Hoffman, Washington**||OH||6-2||Pleasant Hill, Ore.|
|Iman Isanovic, Arizona State||OH||6-1||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Magda Jehlárová, Washington State***||MB||6-3||Prerov, Czech Republic|
|Kendall Kipp, Stanford||OPP||6-5||Newport Beach, Calif.|
|Mac May, UCLA****||OH/OPP||6-3||Dubuque, Iowa|
|Brooke Nuneviller, Oregon**||OH/L||5-11||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Ella May Powell, Washington***||S||6-0||Fayetteville, Ark.|
|Hannah Pukis, Washington State**||S||5-11||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Madelyn Robinson, Utah||OH||5-10||Highland, Utah|
|Pia Timmer, Washington State**||OH||6-2||Emlichheim, Germany|
** two-time selection; *** three-time selection; **** four-time selection
Honorable Mention: Brynna DeLuzio, COLO; Candice Denny, USC; Jenna Ewert, COLO; Kamaile Hiapo, ARIZ; Stef Jankiewicz, UTAH; Marta Levinska, ASU; Sofia Maldonado Diaz, ARIZ; Shelby Martin, UCLA; Grace Massey, OSU; élan McCall, UCLA; Kami Miner, STAN; Georgia Murphy, ORE; Gloria Mutiri, ORE; Lauren Sanders, WASH; Shannon Scully, USC; Maya Tabron, COLO; Zoe Weatherington, UTAH; Emilia Weske, USC.
2021 PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
|Tyrah Ariail, USC||MB||6-1||Frisco, Texas|
|Lauren Bays, Washington||L||6-8||Orange County, Calif.|
|Sami Francis, Stanford||OH||6-6||San Diego, Calif.|
|Kami Miner, Stanford||S||6-0||Redondo Beach, Calif.|
|Katy Ryan, Washington State||OPP||6-5||Rathdrum, Idaho|
|Puk Stubbe, Arizona||OPP||6-0||Gouda, Netherlands|
|Mia Tuaniga, USC||S||5-9||Long Beach, Calif.|