Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Two Vandals earn all-WAC honors
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 11/21/2010
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Two Idaho volleyball players were honored Sunday night at the annual Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament banquet, as the WAC postseason awards were given out. Freshman outside hitter Allison Walker was a first-team all-WAC selection, and was selected to the WAC all-freshman team, while senior middle blocker Kelsey Taylor was a second-team all-WAC selection.

Walker led the Vandals and ranked fourth in the WAC with 3.95 kills per game, totaling 387 on the season. She hit 224 for the year and added 133 digs (1.36 per game). Walker had six double-doubles on the season, including four straight from Nov. 6-15. She earned WAC Player of the Week honors once during the season, and was the only freshman to earn a first-team all-WAC spot. Walker was named to the all-tournament team at the Nike Cougar Classic and the Community Bankers Classic earlier in the season.

Taylor led Idaho with 133 total blocks on the season and a .265 hitting percentage. She averaged 1.32 blocks per game, which ranks in the top-25 nationally, and finished the regular season with 194 kills. Taylor was a preseason all-WAC selection heading into 2010, and was WAC player of the week one time during the season. Taylor earned all-tournament team honors at the Gonzaga Volleyball Tournament.

Hawai'i junior outside hitter Kanani Danielson earned her second-straight WAC Player of the Year honor, and was selected to the first-team all-WAC for the third straight year. UH freshman Emily Hartong was a second-team all-WAC selection and earned the WAC Freshman of the Year award. Hawai'i coach Dave Shoji earned his eighth career WAC Coach of the Year honor. 2010 marked the 15th consecutive year that the WAC Player of the Year came from the University of Hawai'i.

The 2010 WAC volleyball tournament gets underway on Monday, with No. 3 Utah State taking on No. 6 Nevada, and No. 5 Idaho facing No. 4 Boise State.


 

 2010 WAC Volleyball Postseason Award Winners

All-Conference

First Team Team Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Lindsay Baldwin*^^ Nevada MB Sr. Hillsborough, Calif. (Nortre Dame Belmont)
Kelsey Brennan New Mexico State MH Jr. Snohomish, Wash. (Monroe)
Kanani Danielson*^ Hawai'i OH Jr. Ewa Beach, O'ahu (Kamehameha Schools)
Jennah DeVries^ New Mexico State S Jr. Denver, Colo. (Douglas County)
Kayleigh Giddens^ New Mexico State OH Sr. Lubbock, Texas (Frank Phillips JC)
Brittany Hewitt^^ Hawai'i MB So. Eagle, Idaho (Eagle)
Elizabeth Ka'aihue^^ Hawai'i L Sr. Kailua, O'ahu (Punahou School)
Dani Mafua**^ Hawai'i S Sr. Kapolei, O'ahu (Mid-Pacific Institute)
Liz McArthur^^ Utah State OH Jr. St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon)
Chanteal Satele Hawai'i OH Jr. Mililani, O'ahu (Saint Mary's College)
Allison Walker Idaho OH Fr. Othello, Wash. (Othello)
Alisha Young^^ Boise State MB Sr. American Fork, Utah (American Fork)

Second Team Team Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
Katie Astle Utah State MB Sr. Sandy, Utah (Skyline)
Marissa Brand Fresno State OH So. Cypress, Calif. (Cypress)
Brianna Clarke^^ Fresno State MB Jr. Clovis, Calif. (Buchanan)
Shantell Durrant Utah State MB Sr. American Fork, Utah (Washington)
Erin Garvey Nevada OH Jr. Argyle, Texas (John H. Guyer)
Kylie Harrington**^ Nevada OH Sr. Honolulu, Hawai'i (Saint Francis)
Emily Hartong Hawai'i MB Fr. Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
Sadie Maughan**^^ Boise State MB Sr. Murray, Utah (Murray)
Christine Morrill** Utah State L Sr. Neola, Utah (Union)
Breann Nesselhuf^^ Boise State S Jr. Swink, Colo. (Washington State)
Kelsey Taylor Idaho MB Sr. Moscow, Idaho (Moscow)
Whitney Woods^ New Mexico State OH Sr. Midland, Texas (Midland)

All-Freshman Team Pos. Hometown (Previous School)
Grace Anxo Nevada OH Reno, Nev. (Bishop Manogue)
Hanah Blume San Jose State OH Sonora, Calif. (Sonora)
Rocio Gutierrez New Mexico State OH El Paso, Texas (Franklin)
Emily Hartong Hawai'i MB Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
Michelle Waber Hawai'i OH Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Elsinore)
Allison Walker Idaho OH Othello, Wash. (Othello)

WAC Player of the Year: Kanani Danielson, Hawai'i
WAC Freshman of the Year: Emily Hartong, Hawai'i
WAC Coach of the Year: Dave Shoji, Hawai'i

*2008 first team selection
**2008 second team selection
^2009 first team selection
^^2009 second team selection

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