BYU Players Receive All-America Recognition

Senior setter Lauren Richards Evans (5) and junior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock (14) received Honorable Mention All-America honors. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU's Lindsy Hartsock and Lauren Richards Evans received Honorable Mention All-America recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association Wednesday for their outstanding play during the 2005 season.

"This is a wonderful recognition for our volleyball program," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "I am proud of all that Lauren and Lindsy have accomplished. Their personal success this year is a reflection of the direction our program is heading. They have both helped lay a solid foundation for us to build upon."

The two BYU stars helped the Cougars achieve a 25-4 overall record this season, including their first Mountain West Conference regular-season title since 1999 and their 22nd NCAA appearance in the 25 years of the event.

Middle blocker Hartsock, from Inkom, Idaho, boasted the nation's best hitting percentage for much of the season, finishing with a .444 mark. She hit .500 or better in 16 of BYU's 29 matches and was named to the AVCA All-Region team for her efforts. She was also honored as the MWC Player of the Year in addition to being selected the MVP of the Buckeye Classic Tournament and twice being named the MWC Player of the Week. Hartsock recorded season highs of 21 kills, .800 hitting and 10 blocks.

"This is a great and exciting honor," said Hartsock. "Being an All-American was definitely one of my goals, and I'm excited to continue improving so I can be even better next season. But no matter how good I am, an award like this always goes back to the team. We had a great team this year, and I really relied on them for my success."

BYU setter Richards Evans, an Orem, Utah native, received her first AVCA All-Region and third All-MWC selection this year after leading the Cougars to one of the nation's best hitting percentages throughout the season. She was ranked as high as 15th in the nation in assists per game and led the MWC in that category for the entire year. With 4,056 total assists, Richards Evans completed her Cougar career fourth all-time at BYU.

"I think this is a great honor, especially in my senior year," said Richards Evans. "It's fun to be recognized, but the credit belongs to my team. We all helped and supported each other this year, and I couldn't have done it without them."