Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference announced Wednesday, Nov. 14 at their annual awards banquet that six New Mexico State volleyball players earned All-WAC honors for their performances during the 2007 season.
Senior Kim Oguh (El Paso, Hanks HS), juniors Amber Simpson (Quincy, Ill.), Krystal Torres (Las Cruces, Mayfield HS) and Lindsey Yon (San Antonio, Texas) were named to the first team, sophomore Krista Altermatt (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) was named to the second team, and freshman Bryja Rodgers (Iowa City, Iowa) was named to the All-freshman team. Head coach Mike Jordan wasn't too surprised by the selections made to the teams.
"I think they all earned it because they've worked hard all year," Jordan said. "Their skill level has improved a great deal in the last year."
Yon led the way for the Aggies in kills just one shy of 400, followed closely by Altermatt and Oguh who added 326 and 324 respectively. Yon finished the regular season sixth in the WAC in kills, while Simpson was in second in the conference in hitting percentage with a .341 percentage, while Oguh was fourth in the same category, also hitting above .300. This was Yon's first time selected for first team All-WAC, while Oguh and Simpson were selected to the team for the second consecutive season. Simpson was also a second team selection in 2005.
"Oguh and Simpson have been two of the better middles in the conference last couple of years so it really doesn't surprise me that they got the honors again," Jordan said. "Yon is a great player and her confidence has really improved over the season, especially with having to deal with her arm injury. I am proud of her."
Rodgers was the only freshman to be selected to the All-freshman team, while sharing the setting duties with teammate junior Alyssa Gintant (Libertyville, Ill.). Rodgers is second on the team in assists with 547 on the year, as she averaged 6.08 a game.
"Our middles have really brought the setters along, and Bryja has improved a lot this season," Jordan said. "I think she kind of surprised some people because not many expected her to see much court action."
Seven different schools were represented on the first team overall and eight overall. Hawai'i, the first seed in the WAC Tournament, had three players on the first team and second seeded NMSU had four. Nevada placed two on the first team, while Idaho, San Jose State and Utah State all had one player on the first team. Hawai'i's Jaime Houston was named Player of the Year and Utah State's head coach Grayson Dubose.
|Colleen Burke||San Jose State|
|Amanda Nielson||Utah State|
|Keri Anglin||San Jose State|
|Niki Clement||San Jose State|
|Melissa Osterloh||Utah State|
|Alisha McKee||Fresno State|
|Shannon Philips||La. Tech|
|Jennifer Senftleben||San Jose State|
|Danielle Taylor||Utah State|
|Emily Burke||San Jose State|
|Chelsea Fowles||Utah State|
|Tairyn Rasmussen||Fresno State|
|WAC Player of the Year||Jaime Houston|
|WAC Coach of the Year||Grayson Dubose|
|WAC Freshman of the Year||Chelsea Fowles|